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Shawn Colvin (1956)

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Shawn Colvin is an American singer-songwriter and musician.


Colvin began working in the music scene in earnest in the late 1970s, first in Austin, Texas and then nationally. She moved to New York City in 1980, where she became involved with the Fast Folk cooperative in Greenwich Village.

She met music partner John Leventhal during this time; Leventhal became Colvin's producer on several albums. Colvin often lends her talent to contemporaries in the music business; she can be heard singing the backing vocals on the Suzanne Vega hit, "Luka". Vega returned the favor, singing backup on Colvin's "Diamond In The Rough", from her debut album, Steady On. Early in their careers, Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter formed a friendship that led to their frequently guesting on one-another's recordings: Colvin lent her vocals to Carpenter's 1992 recordings "The Hard Way" and "Come On Come On", and Mary Chapin returned the favor on Colvin's "Climb On a Back That's Strong", from Colvin's Fat City album. She also contributed in the studio and onstage to several Bruce Hornsby songs.

Colvin spent a short time in 1987-1988 with the North Carolina-based experimental string band the Red Clay Ramblers.

In 1988, Colvin was asked to perform a "trio" concert with fellow folk singer/songwriters Cheryl Wheeler and Mary Chapin Carpenter. The three performed two consecutive nights to critical acclaim at the Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia. During these performances, Colvin performed several songs which appeared on her first two albums. The performances were recorded at the soundboard, but they were never released officially.

Colvin also has connections with singer/songwriters Julie Miller and Buddy Miller. Shawn became involved musically with the Millers when all three were working in Austin in the late 1970s/early '80s. Shawn provided backing vocals on Julie's first three solo albums released in 1990, 1991 and 1993.

Colvin's first several albums did not sell in substantial numbers, although she won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Recording for her debut album, Steady On . After several albums of original work, Colvin released Cover Girl, a collection of cover versions. During this period, she also toured as Richard Thompson's opening act and back-up singer. She also sang "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" with Ernie on Sesame Street, Ernie sang when Colvin said "hi" to him.

Colvin experienced breakthrough success with A Few Small Repairs in October 1996. The single "Sunny Came Home" reached the US Top Ten, and won Grammy Awards for Song and Record of the Year. She has released several subsequent albums which were nominated for Grammys, and she has also released a greatest hits album and a collection of Christmas music.

Colvin was the guest vocal artist on the Lisa Loeb single "Falling in Love". She performed at various Lilith Fair music festivals. Colvin's song "Nothin' on Me" served as the theme song to the Brooke Shields situation comedy Suddenly Susan. She also has been featured on the live music show Austin City Limits and played at the 2003 Austin City Limits Music Festival. She appeared in a 2001 tribute to Joni Mitchell that was broadcast on TNT.

Colvin appeared on The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration - October 16, 1992, at the Madison Square Garden, NYC.
She performed "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" with Rosanne Cash and Mary-Chapin Carpenter. She was part of the group of artists who performed
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door."
Both performances can be found on "Bob Dylan - The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration"

Colvin appeared on Live from Abbey Road, which aired on Channel 4 in the UK and the Sundance Channel in the USA. Her live session recorded at Abbey Road Studios was shown on an episode with Nerina Pallot, The Zutons and Ray LaMontagne.

Colvin has recorded "Hold On To The Good Things" in 2002 that was played during the ending credits of Stuart Little 2. She also recorded "A Great Big World" which was played in The Little Bear Movie.

In 2007, Colvin released a single titled "Crazy", a cover of the Gnarls Barkley song.

Colvin released a 15-song Live collection on June 23, 2009 on Nonesuch [http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/shawn-colvin-live]. The album was recorded live in San Francisco during a three-night stint at Yoshi's in July 2008.

 Television and film
Colvin made a few appearances on the comedy series The Larry Sanders Show, in the episodes "The Young Intern" (where she performed an acoustic version of "Polaroids") and "The New Writer" (where she performed an acoustic version of "Get Out of This House"). Colvin also ended the final episode of The Larry Sanders Show with an acoustic cover of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow?".

She has made two guest appearances on animated comedy series The Simpsons as Rachel Jordan, lead singer for Christian rock band Kovenant . She first appeared in "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", where Rachel wins widower Ned Flanders' heart. Later, in the episode "I'm Goin' to Praiseland", Ned dates Rachel, only to scare her off when he tries to turn her into a version of his deceased wife Maude. The two promptly get back together at the end of the same episode. She has not been mentioned in the series since then.

Colvin played country music legend Kitty Wells in a role in Crazy, a film that features a number of contemporary artists as music stars of the past.

Colvin's rendition of "Viva Las Vegas" can be heard during the closing credits of the Coen Brothers film, The Big Lebowski.

Colvin appeared in a Season 2 episode of The L Word, "Land Ahoy," as herself.

On HBO's show Treme, Colvin appeared as herself in performance in New Orleans at the House of Blues in the second season's episode #4: "Santa Claus, Do You Ever Get the Blues?".

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Name Duration Released
Cinnamon Road 03:51 2006
Summer Dress 04:21 2006
That Don't Worry Me Now 03:41 2006
Tuff Kid 03:08 2006
So Good To See You 03:43 2006
These Four Walls 02:57 2006
Even Here We Are 02:45 2006
Fill Me Up 03:40 2006
Let It Slide 04:17 2006
I'm Gone 02:53 2006
The Bird 03:10 2006
Venetian Blue 03:48 2006
Bound to You 03:33 2001
Another Plane Went Down 05:35 2001
Bonefields 04:29 2001
Anywhere You Go 03:34 2001
Nothing Like You 03:14 2001
Whole New You 04:01 2001
One Small Year 04:08 2001
A Matter of Minutes 05:07 2001
Mr. Levon 04:08 2001
Roger Wilco 03:55 2001
Sunny Came Home 04:24 1996
84,000 Different Delusions 04:01 1996
Wichita Skyline 03:39 1996
If I Were Brave 03:11 1996
I Want It Back 04:55 1996
Trouble 04:18 1996
Nothin' On Me 03:56 1996
You And The Mona Lisa 04:05 1996
New Thing Now 03:34 1996
The Facts About Jimmy 05:22 1996
What I Get Paid For 03:23 1996
Get Out Of This House 04:15 1996
Suicide Alley 05:29 1996
Kathy's Song 03:52 10/1995
Don't You Think I Feel It Too 03:25 10/1995
Tenderness on the Block 00:00 1992
Tennessee 00:00 1992
Kill the Messenger 00:00 1992
Polaroids 00:00 1992
Object of My Affection 00:00 1992
Set the Prairie on Fire 00:00 1992
Climb On (A Back That's Strong) 00:00 1992
Orion in the Sky 00:00 1992
Monopoly 00:00 1992
Round of Blues 00:00 1992
Steady On 04:59 10/1989
Ricochet in Time 03:11 10/1989
The Story 03:59 10/1989
Something to Believe In 04:12 10/1989
Cry Like an Angel 04:52 10/1989
Another Long One 03:46 10/1989
Stranded 04:03 10/1989
Shotgun Down the Avalanche 05:02 10/1989
Diamond in the Rough 05:02 10/1989
This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) 04:02
Every Little Thing Does Is Magic 03:17
I Don't Know Why 04:38
Rocking 02:33
Evening Is a Little Boy/The Night Will Never Stay 03:09
Now the Day Is Over 01:47
Seal Lullaby 02:29
Christmas Time Is Here 02:37
Little Road to Bethlehem 02:52
In the Bleak Midwinter 04:04
All the Pretty Li'l Horses 01:43
Silent Night 03:22
Love Came Down at Christmas 03:04
All Through the Night 02:03
Windy Nights 03:10
The Christ Child's Lullaby 02:19

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