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BIRTHDAY: January 10, 1958
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Sunny Came Home" (1997)
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BIGGEST LP: A Few Small Repairs (1996)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 3

 
TIMELINE

Shawn Colvinbutton.gif (123 bytes) Shawn Colvin was born January 10, 1958 in South Dakota. Shawn's road to stardom seemed to come out of nowhere in 1997 with the sudden pop success of "Sunny Came Home," but Shawn's legacy in folk/rock music had already given her a strong fan base and critical acclaim. As a child, Shawn was learning to play the guitar at age 10 and starring in The King And I in her teens. In college in Illinois, Shawn played hard rock with the Shawn Colvin Band. When neither studying or hard rock was making any waves, Shawn moved to Texas and joined the Dixie Diesels - and then to San Francisco - and then to New York where she joined the Buddy Miller Band. While in New York, Shawn met up with John Leventhal who eventually became her longtime writing partner and producer.

1980s...

button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn was performing solo and gaining exposure including being asked to sing backup on Suzanne Vega's breakthrough hit "Luka." Shawn's connection with Vega led to a European tour with Vega and a record contract with Columbia Records.

1989...

October
Shawn Colvin - Steady Onbutton.gif (123 bytes) Steady On was released. On the debut LP, Shawn received help from Suzanne Vega and Bruce Hornsby. Favorites on the LP include the title track, "Diamond In The Rough," "Shotgun Down The Avalanche," and "Something To Believe In" and displayed Shawn's knack for combining folk, country, and rock.

button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn won a New York Music Award for Best Debut Female Vocalist.

1991...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album (Steady On).

1992...

October
Shawn Colvin - Fat Citybutton.gif (123 bytes) Fat City was released and included appearances by Joni Mitchell and Bruce Hornsby.

1994...

March
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Shawn was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Folk Recording (Fat City) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("I Don't Know Why").

August
Shawn Colvin - Cover Girlbutton.gif (123 bytes) Cover Girl was released with some live tracks and cover tunes (including a cover of The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic") and a duet with Mary-Chapin Carpenter on "One Cool Remove." Q magazine called the LP, "excellent... a sensitive interpreter of folk, country and rock..."

1995...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album (Cover Girl).

September
Shawn Colvin - Live '88button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn re-released Live '88 a collection of performances from Boston which originally was distributed as an independent release and helped Shawn land her record contract. "This live tape, or live CD, has no production on it - it's me and an acoustic guitar in a theater and.. that's it!"

1996...

October
Shawn Colvin - A Few Small Repairsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Shawn's biggest commercial success came with the release of A Few Small Repairs. Shawn was once again working with Leventhal for the first time since her debut LP. The LP contained the hits "Sunny Came Home," "You And The Mona Lisa," and "Nothin' On Me" (later used as the theme song for the TV show, Suddenly Susan). Q magazine said of the LP: "... Shawn confirms her position as a major vocalist with emotive phrasing and poignant lyrics..."

December
One Fine Day soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Shawn appeared on the soundtrack for One Fine Day with "Someone Like You."

1997... # 14 Singles Artist of the Year

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn was nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Pop Album (A Few Small Repairs) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance ("Get Out Of This House").

April
Shawn Colvinbutton.gif (123 bytes) Shawn hit the Top 40 with "Sunny Came Home."
button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn contributed the track "All Through The Night" to the Carnival: Rainforest Foundation Concert compilation to benefit the rainforests.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn hit the Top 10 with "Sunny Came Home."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) While A Few Small Repairs slowly began gaining commercial success and "Sunny Came Home" hit the Top 3 on the pop charts, Shawn toured on her own and with the Lilith Fair.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) "Sunny Came Home" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Airplay chart for 4 weeks.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) "Sunny Came Home" topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 4 weeks.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn hit the Top 40 with "You And The Mona Lisa."

1998... # 107 Singles Artist of the Year

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn won 2 more Grammy Awards including the coveted Record of the Year and Song of the Year (songwriter) ("Sunny Came Home" with John Leventhal).

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn hit the Top 40 with "Nothin' On Me."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn's next big achievement came on July 24th - the birth of her first child - a baby girl, Caledonia Marie Colvin. pregnant.

October
Shawn Colvin - Holiday Songs & Lullabiesbutton.gif (123 bytes) Shawn's next LP was a holiday LP called Holiday Songs & Lullabies which she recorded while pregnant.

1999...

button.gif (123 bytes) In the summer, Shawn performed again at some of the Lilith Fair dates.

2000...

June
Shawn Colvin - Whole New Youbutton.gif (123 bytes) Shawn toured throughout the summer beginning in June in Iowa and opened several dates for Sting.

2001...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn released Whole New You.

2004...

Shawn Colvin - Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn released Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 422 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2006...

September
Shawn Colvin - These Four Wallsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Shawn released These Four Walls.

2008...

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn could be heard on the tribute LP Born To Breed: A Tribute To Judy Collins on the track "Secret Gardens."

2009...

June
Shawn Colvin - 'Live'button.gif (123 bytes) The LP Live was released.

button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album (Live).

2012...

June
Shawn Colvin - 'All Fall Down'button.gif (123 bytes) Shawn released All Fall Down.








LPs
Shawn Colvin - Steady On Steady On
Released: October, 1989
Billboard peak: # 111
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Steady On" - "Diamond In The Rough" - "Shotgun Down The Avalanche" - "Stranded" - "Another Long One" - "Cry Like An Angel" - "Something To Believe In" - "The Story" - "Ricochet In Time" - "The Dead Of The Night"
Shawn Colvin - Fat City Fat City
Released: October, 1992
Billboard peak: # 142
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Polaroids" - "Tennessee" - "Tenderness On The Block" - "Round Of Blues" - "Monopoly" - "Orion In The Sky" - "Climb On (A Back That's Strong)" - "Set The Prairie On Fire" - "Object Of My Affection" - "Kill The Messenger" - "I Don't Know Why"
Shawn Colvin - Cover Girl Cover Girl
Released: August, 1994
Billboard peak: # 48
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic" - "(Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night" - "One Cool Remove" - "Satin Sheets" - "There's A Rugged Road" - "Killing The Blues" - "Window To The World" - "Someday" - "Twilight" - "If These Walls Could Speak" - "This Must be The Place (Naive Melody)" - "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"
Shawn Colvin - Live '88 Live '88
Re-Released: September, 1995
Live Tracks: "Diamond In The Rough" - "Shotgun Down The Avalanche" - "I Don't Know Why" - "Cry Like An Angel" - "Ricochet In Time" - "Another Long One" - "Stranded" - "Something To Believe In" - "Don't You Think I Feel It Too" - "Kathy's Song" - "Knowing What I Know Now"
Shawn Colvin - A Few Small Repairs
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A Few Small Repairs
Released: October, 1996
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 39
Tracks: "Sunny Came Home" - "Get Out Of This House" - "Facts About Jimmy" - "You And The Mona Lisa" - "Trouble" - "I Want It Back" - "If I Were Brave" - "Wichita Skyline" - "84,000 Different Delusions" - "Suicide Alley" - "New Thing Now" - "Nothin' On Me"
Shawn Colvin - Holiday Songs & Lullabies Holiday Songs & Lullabies
Released: October, 1998
Billboard peak: # 181
Tracks: "In The Bleak Midwinter" - "Christmas Time Is Here" - "Now The Day Is Over" - "Rocking" - "Windy Nights" - "All Through The Night" - "Love Came Down At Christmas" - "Silent Night" - "All The Pretty Lil Horses" - "Little Road To Bethlehem" - "Seal Lullaby" - "Evening Is A Little Boy / The Night Will Never Stay" - "Christ Child's Lullaby" - "Close Your Eyes"
Shawn Colvin - Whole New You Whole New You
Released: March, 2001
Billboard peak: # 101
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Matter Of Minutes" - "Whole New You" - "Nothing Like You" - "Anywhere You Go" - "Bonefields" - "Another Place Went Down" - "Bound To You" - "Roger Wilco" - "Mr. Levon" - "One Small Year" - "I'd Say I'm Sorry Now"
Shawn Colvin - Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection
Released: November, 2004
Tracks: "Steady On" - "Diamond In The Rough" - "Shotgun Down The Avalanche" - "Round Of Blues" - "Polaroids" - "I Don't Know Why" - "Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic" - "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" - "Sunny Came Home" - "You And The Mona Lisa" - "Get Out Of This House" - "The Facts About Jimmy" - "Whole New You" - "A Matter Of Minutes" - "I'll Be Back"
Shawn Colvin - These Four Walls These Four Walls
Released: September, 2006
Billboard peak: # 109
Entertainment Weekly: A-
Tracks: "Fill Me Up" - "These Four Walls" - "Tuff Kid" - "Summer Dress" - "Cinnamon Road" - "Venetian Blue" - "The Bird" - "I'm Gone" - "Let It Slide" - "Even Here We Are" - "So Good To See You" - "That Don't Worry Me Now" - "Words"
Shawn Colvin - 'Live'
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mp3 Available at Amazon.com
Live
Released: June, 2009
Live Tracks: "Polaroids" - "Matter Of Minutes" - "Shotgun Down The Avalanche" - "Twilight" - "Trouble" - "Tennessee" - "Nothing Like You" - "Sunny Came Home" - "Fill Me Up" - "Wichita Skyline" - "I'm Gone" - "Ricochet In Time" - "Diamond In The Rough" - "Crazy" - "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
Shawn Colvin - 'All Fall Down' All Fall Down
Released: June, 2012
Tracks: "All Fall Down" - "American Jerusalem" - "Knowing What I Know Now" - "Seven Times The Charm" - "Anne Of The Thousand Days" - "The Neon Lights Of The Saints" - "Change Is On The Way" - "I Don't Know You" - "Fall Of Rome" - "Up On That Hill" - "On My Own"
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