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Shawn Colvin

Carbondale IL, United States (1987 – present)

Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1956 in Vermillion, South Dakota) is an American musician. Best known for her hit single “Sunny Came Home” from the album “A Few Small Repairs”.

Colvin’s formative years were spent in the town of Carbondale, Illinois, where she attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She learned to play guitar at the age of 10. Her first public concert was at age 15 at the University of Illinois campus. Colvin cites Joni Mitchell as a primary influence on her music, and her initial performances closely mirrored Mitchell’s inflections and guitar tunings.

Colvin began working in the music scene in earnest in the late 1970s, first in Austin, Texas and then nationally. She met music partner John Leventhal during this time; Leventhal would go on to be 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” from 1987. Vega returned the favor, singing backup on Colvin’s, “Diamond In The Rough”, from her debut album, “Steady On”. Colvin, again can be heard singing backing vocals on Mary Chapin Carpenter’s, “The Hard Way” and “Come On Come On” and Mary Chapin returns the favor on Colvin’s, “Climb On (A Back That’s Strong)”, from Colvin’s “Fat City” album.

Colvin’s first several albums were met with critical acclaim, but did not sell in substantial numbers. After several albums of original work, Colvin released “Cover Girl”, a collection of cover songs, but the work was a departure for her and was not well received.

Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter and musician widely known for her Grammy-winning 1997 single "Sunny Came Home."

Colvin was born in Vermillion, South Dakota and spent her youth in London, Ontario and Carbondale, Illinois. She is the second of 4 children and has 2 brothers, Geoff and Clay and a sister Kay. She learned to play guitar at the age of 10 and grew up listening to her father's collection of music, which included artists such as Peter Seeger and the Kingston Trio.

Colvin has been married twice, first to Simon Tassano in 1993; they were divorced in 1995. She married photographer Mario Erwin in 1997 and in July 1998 they had a daughter, Caledonia Jean-Marie.

As her exercise, Shawn goes to the gym and also does swim workouts.
Her song "Nothin' On Me" was the theme song for seasons two and three of Suddenly Susan.
As of 2004, Shawn was No.422 on the Top "Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years" chart.
The song "Sunny Came Home" was ranked No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Airplay chart for four weeks on July, 1997. It also topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for four weeks on August that same year.
Shawn married Simon Tassano in September 1993 and divorced him in 1995. She then married Mario Erwin in October 1997.
She went to high school in Carbondale, Illinois and graduated college from the University of Texas.
Before she made it as a solo artist, Shawn formed the Shawn Colvin Band in Illiois and joined the DIxie Diesels in Texas and Buddy Miller Band in New York.
In the 1980's, Shawn performed in several off-Broadway shows including Pump Boys and Dinettes, Diamond Studs, and Lie of the Mind.
Shawn has been a supporter of liberal causes and she has performed in benefit concerts for Democratic Party candidates.
She learned to play the guitar at age 10 and had her first public concert at age 15 at the University of Illinois campus.
Shawn's musical influence come from rock and pop artists such as The Beatles, Laura Nyro, Robbie Robertson, and Joni Mitchell.
Shawn has won three New York Music Awards: Best New Vocalist in 1988, Best Debut Female Vocalist for "Steady On" in 1989, and Best Folk Artist in 1990.
Shawn has won the Grammy for "Best Contemporary Folk Album" for the record "Steady On" in 1991, "Record of the Year" for "Sunny Came Home" in 1998 and "Song of the Year" for "Sunny Came Home" in 1998.
Shawn has a daughter named Caledonia. She calls her Cal after the maid in To Kill a Mockingbird and James Dean in East of Eden.
If made to cover a Madonna song, she would sing "Live To Tell". If made to cover a Prince song, it would either be "Holy River" or "Purple Rain".

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