Shawn Colvin is one of the leading lights of the so-called “new folk movement” that began in the late ’80s. Although she grew out of the somewhat limited “woman with a guitar” school, she kept the form fresh with a diverse approach, avoiding the genre’s clichéd sentiments and all-too-often formulaic arrangements in favor of a more personal, pop-influenced style. Colvin’s debut record won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album in 1991, but it was her 1997 single, “Sunny Came Home,” that firmly catapulted her into the mainstream. Colvin still commands a broad, loyal following into the subsequent decades.
During the new millennium, Colvin contributed vocals to songs by Béla Fleck, Edwin McCain, James Taylor, and Shawn Mullins. She also collaborated with Sting on “One Day She’ll Love Me,” the theme song for Disney’s The Emperor’s New Groove. She returned to the solo format with 2001’s Whole New You and, in 2004, summarized the first 15 years of her recording career with the compilation Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection. Two years later, Colvin came out with another album, her debut for the Nonesuch label, entitled These Four Walls. It featured guest performances from Patty Griffin and Teddy Thompson, among others. While touring through San Francisco in support of the album, Colvin recorded material from her three-night residency at Yoshi’s, which she released in 2009 as the concert album Live. Colvin’s eighth studio album, 2012’s All Fall Down, was produced by Buddy Miller and recorded in Nashville at Miller’s home studio, and featured guest spots from Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Jakob Dylan, and others.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Shawn Colvin is a solo acoustic performer of stratospheric skill… here, the songs are infused with a direct clarity and beauty.” – No Depression
“A songwriter of craft with a voice that has deepened in emotion as much as tone over the years.” — Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald
“Colvin’s voice is as lovely as ever, her lyrics crisply articulated against simple melodies.” — Washington Post