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Shawn Colvin

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Shawn Colvin is among the leading lights from the so-called “fresh folk motion” that began in the past due ’80s. Although she grew from the relatively limited “female with a acoustic guitar” college, she kept the proper execution fresh having a varied approach, preventing the genre’s clichéd sentiments and all-too-often formulaic preparations and only a far more personal, pop-influenced design. Colvin’s debut record earned the Grammy Honor for Best Modern Folk Recording in 1991, nonetheless it was her 1997 solitary, “Sunny Came House,” that securely catapulted her in to the mainstream. Although she under no circumstances revisited that industrial peak once again, Colvin still commanded a wide, loyal pursuing well in to the following decades. Colvin was created in Vermillion, South Dakota, on January 10, 1956. By age ten, she got discovered a enthusiasm for music and trained herself acoustic guitar. After moving double — 1st to London, Ontario, and to Carbondale, Illinois — Colvin shaped the Shawn Colvin Music group, a hard rock and roll clothing whose high-energy needs quickly strained her tone of voice. She relocated to Austin, Tx, where she became a member of the Western golf swing music group the Dixie Diesels and sang using the music group until nodes pressured a temporary pension at age group 24. In 1983, she shifted to NY, where she discovered a home within the city’s vocalist/songwriter picture and constructed a pursuing in the encompassing area. Through the entire ’80s, Colvin proved helpful her way in the folk circuit, also showing up in off-Broadway displays such as for example Pump Children and Dinettes, Gemstone Studs, and Rest of your brain. Her function also made an appearance in Fast Folk newspaper, and she got her initial break in 1987 performing back-up on Suzanne Vega’s strike tune “Luka.” By the next season, she had discovered a songwriting partner in John Leventhal, who started offering melodies for Colvin’s lyrics. A live tape marketed at Colvin’s displays (Live ’88) fascinated the eye of Columbia Information, who agreed upon her exactly the same season within the wake of achievement from such like-minded performers as Tracy Chapman, Suzanne Vega, as well as the Indigo Women. Stable On, released in 1989, earned the Grammy Prize for Best Modern Folk Documenting. Colvin’s 1992 sophomore work, the greater pop-oriented Fat Town, gained her two even more nominations — Greatest Contemporary Folk Documenting and Best Feminine Pop Vocal for the one “I HAVE NO IDEA Why” — in addition to considerable critical compliment and an evergrowing crossover audience. Furthermore, “I HAVE NO IDEA Why” became a huge adult contemporary strike. Cover Young lady, an record of cover tracks, met with blended reviews and humble product sales in 1994, but Colvin once again gained a nomination for Greatest Contemporary Folk Documenting. In past due 1996, Colvin released SEVERAL Small Fixes, having created the record through the midst of an agonizing divorce. SEVERAL Small Repairs gradually became popular during the period of 1997, credited in part towards the achievement of “Sunny Arrived Home” around the pop graphs. In 1998, “Sunny Came House” received two Grammy Honours for Record of the entire year and Track of the entire year, and some Small Maintenance became her 1st recording to attain platinum status. Vacation Tunes and Lullabies adopted that autumn. Through the fresh millennium, Colvin added vocals to tunes by Béla Fleck, Edwin McCain, Wayne Taylor, and Shawn Mullins. She also collaborated with Sting on “1 DAY She’ll Like Me,” the theme track for Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. She came back to the single format with 2001’s TOTALLY NEW You and, in 2004, summarized the very first 15 many years of her documenting career using the compilation Polaroids: A Greatest Strikes Collection. A friend house video was also released. Two years later on, Colvin arrived with another recording, her debut for the non-esuch label, entitled These Four Wall space. It featured visitor shows from Patty Griffin and Teddy Thompson, amongst others. While touring through SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA to get the recording, Colvin recorded materials from her three-night residency at Yoshi’s, which she released in ’09 2009 because the concert recording Live. Colvin’s 8th studio recording, 2012’s All COLLAPSE, was made by Pal Miller and documented in Nashville at Miller’s house studio, and highlighted guest areas from Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Jakob Dylan, among others. In 2015, Colvin released a sequel of kinds to 1994’s Cover Young lady known as Uncovered, which noticed her dealing with material from a bunch of performers including Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Tom Waits, Stevie Question, Robbie Robertson, and Graham Nash. Colvin’s following project discovered her teaming up with another observed vocalist and songwriter, Steve Earle. Released in June 2016, Colvin & Earle highlighted the shared admirers performing several jointly created originals and a handful of preferred covers.

Quick Facts


Full Name Shawn Colvin
Profession Actor, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter
Education Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Nationality American
Spouse Mario Erwin, Simon Tassano
Children Caledonia Jean-Marie Erwin
Awards Grammy Award for Song of the Year, Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album
Music Songs Sunny Came Home, Diamond in the Rough, Round of Blues, Get Out of This House, Shotgun Down the Avalanche, When You Know, You and the Mona Lisa, Never Saw Blue Like That, Polaroids, Wichita Skyline, Cry Like an Angel, I Don't Know Why, One Cool Remove, Another Long One, Climb On, Ricochet in Time, The Facts About Jimmy, Set the Prairie on Fire, The Heart Of Saturday, That Don't Worry Me Now, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, Tuff Kid, If I Were Brave, Not a Drop of Rain, Every Little Thing Does Is Magic, Tenderness on the Block, Even Here We Are, There's a Rugged Road, Orion in the Sky, Windy Nights, When the Rainbow Comes, Tell Moses
Albums Colvin & Earle, A Few Small Repairs, Steady On, Cover Girl, These Four Walls, Whole New You, Holiday Songs and Lullabies, Live, All Fall Down, Uncovered, Live '88, Fat City, Big Bang Concert Series: Shawn Colvin (Live), Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection, Playlist: The Very Best of Shawn Colvin, The Best of Shawn Colvin, Original Album Classics
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album
Movies Crazy, Heartbreakers, Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music, Grace of My Heart, Edie and Pen, Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions: Live in Concert, Shawn Colvin: Live in Bora Bora: Music in High Places, The Best of Sessions at West 54th: Vol. 1
TV Shows Music in High Places


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#Fact
1 Graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.
2 Won two Grammy Awards in 1998 for Record of the Year and Song of the Year ("Sunny Came Home")
3 She went to high school in Carbondale, Illinois.
4 Competes in triathlons.
5 Daughter Caledonia Jean-Marie Erwin born in Austin, Texas. [July 1998]
6 Wrote song "Orion in the Sky" about then-boyfriend (and now-ex-husband) Simon Tassano.
7 Started out playing with Austin-based Dixie Diesels. Moved to New York City in 1980. Big break came singing backup on a Suzanne Vega tour in 1997.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Conan 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays 2013 TV Movie "Rocking"
Men in Trees 2008 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Crazy 2008/II performer: "I Can't Stop Loving You", "Tennessee Waltz"
Samantha Who? 2007 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Then She Found Me 2007 performer: "I'll Say I'm Sorry Now" / writer: "I'll Say I'm Sorry Now"
Save Me 2007/I performer: "Matter Of Minutes" - uncredited
The Sopranos 2006 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Wordplay 2006 Documentary performer: "This Must Be the Place Niave Melody"
Because of Winn-Dixie 2005 performer: "Fly"
Idols 2003 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Crossing Jordan 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Easter 2002 performer: "Get Out of This House"
Stuart Little 2 2002 performer: "Hold On to the Good Things"
Roswell 2001 TV Series performer - 3 episodes
Serendipity 2001 performer: "When You Know"
The Little Bear Movie 2001 performer: "Great Big World", "Everybody Wants to Paint My Picture"
Heartbreakers 2001 performer: "I'll Say I'm Sorry Now", "Polaroids" / writer: "I'll Say I'm Sorry Now", "Polaroids"
The Simpsons 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Runaway Bride 1999 performer: "Never Saw Blue Like That"
Party of Five 1999 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Suddenly Susan 1999 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Simply Irresistible 1999 performer: "Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic"
Armageddon 1998 performer: "When The Rainbow Comes"
Elmopalooza! 1998 TV Special performer: "I Don't Want To Live On The Moon"
The Big Lebowski 1998 performer: "Viva Las Vegas"
As Good as It Gets 1997 performer: "CLIMB ON A BACK THAT'S STRONG" / writer: "CLIMB ON A BACK THAT'S STRONG"
Snowriders II 1997 Documentary performer: "Shotgun Down the Avalanche"
Daria 1997 TV Series performer - 1 episode
One Fine Day 1996 performer: "Someone Like You"
The Larry Sanders Show TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1995 - 1996 writer - 2 episodes, 1995 - 1996
Grace of My Heart 1996 performer: "Between Two Worlds"
Tin Cup 1996 performer: "Back to Salome" / producer: "Back to Salome" / writer: "Back to Salome"
Edie & Pen 1996 performer: "Fall of Rome", "Sail Across The Water" / writer: "Fall of Rome"
Mr. Wrong 1996 performer: "NOTHIN' ON ME" / writer: "NOTHIN' ON ME"
Clockwork Mice 1995 performer: "I Don't Know Why"
Georgia 1995 "SHOTGUN DOWN THE AVALANCHE" / performer: "SHOTGUN DOWN THE AVALANCHE"
It Could Happen to You 1994 performer: "Round of Blues", "Young at Heart" / writer: "Round of Blues"
Baywatch 1994 TV Series performer - 1 episode
When the Party's Over 1993 "Steady Ou" / performer: "Steady Ou"
Rosalie Goes Shopping 1989 performer: "Debts of Gratitude"
Mr. Fixit 1988 Short performer: "Don't Fence Me In"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crazy 2008/II Kitty Wells
The Simpsons 2000-2001 TV Series Rachel Jordan
Heartbreakers 2001 Minister at Second Wedding
Fame L.A. 1997 TV Series Shawn Colvin
The Larry Sanders Show 1995-1996 TV Series Shawn Colvin
Grace of My Heart 1996 Commune Guitarist
Baywatch 1993 TV Series

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Suddenly Susan 1999 TV Series theme performer - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Judee Sill: How to Give My Heart Away Documentary filming Herself
The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris 2016 TV Movie Herself
Overheard 2016 TV Series Herself - interviewee
Conan 2016 TV Series Herself - Colvin & Earle
Heart & Friends: Home for the Holidays 2013 TV Movie Herself
Tavis Smiley 2012 TV Series Herself
Today 2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
A.K.A. Doc Pomus 2012 Documentary
Buddy Holly: Listen to Me - The Ultimate Buddy Party 2011 TV Movie Herself
Treme 2011 TV Series Herself
Treme Musical Performances: I'm Gone 2011 Video Herself
Soundstage 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
Paul Simon: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song 2007 TV Special Performer
Park City: Where Music Meets Film 2007 TV Movie Herself
Live from Abbey Road 2007 TV Series Performer
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2007 TV Series Herself
The L Word 2005 TV Series Herself
The Tony Danza Show 2004 TV Series Herself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2004 TV Series Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2004 TV Series Herself
Texas Monthly Talks 2003 TV Series Herself - Interviewee
Ringo Rama 2003 Video documentary short Herself
Chris Botti & Friends: Night Sessions Live in Concert 2002 Video documentary Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1993-2002 TV Series Herself / Herself - Musical Guest
Broadway's Best 2002 TV Movie Herself
The Chris Isaak Show 2001 TV Series Herself
Austin City Limits 1997-2001 TV Series documentary Herself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-2001 TV Series Herself
Music in High Places 2000 TV Series documentary Herself (episode Shawn Colvin Live in Bora Bora)
An All-Star Tribute to Joni Mitchell 2000 TV Special Herself - Performer
Jeopardy! 1999 TV Series Herself - Celebrity Contestant
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1997-1999 TV Series Herself
Asleep at the Wheel: The Making of 'Ride with Bob' 1999 TV Movie Herself
The 1998 Billboard Music Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
The 40th Annual Grammy Awards 1998 TV Special Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 1996-1998 TV Series Herself
Elmopalooza! 1998 TV Special Herself
Suddenly Susan 1998 TV Series Herself
The 19th Annual CableACE Awards 1997 TV Special Herself
The Gift of Song 1997 TV Movie Herself
Behind the Music 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
Sessions at West 54th 1997 TV Series documentary Herself
Charlie Rose 1997 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 39th Annual Grammy Awards 1997 TV Special Herself - Performer
Lilith Fair: A Celebration of Women in Music 1997 TV Special documentary Performer
Just Passing Through 1995 Documentary Herself
Taratata 1995 TV Series Herself
Later... With Jools Holland 1994 TV Series Herself
The 36th Annual Grammy Awards 1994 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Bob Dylan: 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration 1993 TV Special documentary Herself
Late Night with David Letterman 1991-1992 TV Series Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
In the Spotlight: Mary Chapin Carpenter 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2001 Video Premiere Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Original Song The Little Bear Movie (2001) · Marc Jordan (composer)
· Anthony Vanderburgh (composer)


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1 Men and women always have and always will make the choices they are driven to make concerning their own bodies. It is a basic right, and one we must protect.
2 I think that the indefinable space between happy and sad is the most moving and compelling place for an artist to be. If there's anything I consistently strive for, it's a melancholy limbo.


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