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This week for Throwback Thursday, we are featuring folk rocker Shawn Colvin. Colvin is an American singer-songwriter who you might recognize from her hit “All Fall Down” that regularly graces the WERS airwaves. She is best well known for her 1997 single “Sunny Came Home” that landed her not only a Grammy Award nomination – but also her second win!
The South Dakota native grew up in the Midwest where she learned to play guitar at the young age of ten and grew up on her father’s favorite musicians like Peter Seeger and the Kingston Trio. Colvin first began to pursue music when she moved to Austin, Texas to join a Western swing band called the Dixie Diesels, soon after she formed the Shawn Colvin Band.
Colvin later relocated to New York City where she began singing backup vocals for Suzanne Vega and caught the eye of Columbia Records. Alongside producer John Leventhal, Colvin released her debut recording Steady On in 1989. Steady On won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album. Two more Grammy Award nominations, four albums, and eight years later came “Sunny Came Home” that officially put Colvin in the mainstream spotlight.
Last year Colvin released her eighth studio album, All Fall Down, produced by Buddy Miller. The album features several guest artists including Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Jakob Dylan. Colvin also had the opportunity to perform at last year’s annual PEN Awards for songwriting excellence in Boston in honor of Chuck Berry and Leonard Cohen.
Celebrate years of Shawn Colvin with us today at 5PM on WERS!
By Jeeyoon Kim