Shawn Colvin: Accomplished Guitarist and Singer

Accomplished Guitarist and Singer Shawn Colvin

Singer-Songwriter Shawn Colvin in an accomplished guitarist, an acclaimed singer, and a Grammy Award winner in 1998 for “Sunny Came Home” (Record of the Year and Song of the Year) and in 1991 for “Steady On” (Best Contemporary Folk Album).

Colvin began her career in Austin, Texas, before moving to New York, where she began a long association with producer/multi instrumentalist John Leventhal. Leventhal has produced many of Colvin’s records, as well as bringing her into a circle of other stellar American female singer-songwriters, such as his wife, Rosanne Cash, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Suzanne Vega, and Cheryl Wheeler. Her supporting vocal credits include work with Richard Thompson, Bruce Hornsby, Buddy & Julie Miller, Lisa Loeb, and others.

For years, she had a small but loyal following, and critics praised her records, like “Steady On” and “Fat City.” Her mid 1990’s break out record, “A Few Small Repairs”, contained the single, “Sunny Came Home” which scored major Grammy Awards and was a Top 10 chart hit. Curtailing her touring and recording for motherhood, Colvin has continued to record sporadically (including songs for children’s films like, “Stuart Little 2”) and has made a few television appearances, such as on “Live From Abbey Road”, “The Larry Sanders Show”, and in animated form on an episode of “The Simpsons.”

As a solo artist, Shawn Colvin worked continually and built a reputation for being an entrancing and riveting performer, full of pristine vocals, witty lyrics, humor, and impeccable guitar playing, Like one of her personal role models, Joni Mitchell, Colvin uses a variety of altered guitar tunings to create sonic colors to support and counterpoint her singing. Her instrumental prowess was recognized by the Martin Guitar Co., who honored Shawn Colvin with a signature model designed to her specifications. A 2009 release, “Live” was recorded in San Francisco and shows that Shawn Colvin has lost none of her abilities during her parental hiatus from the stage.

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