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Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
(born January 10, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. While Colvin has been a solo recording artist for nearly 30 years, she is perhaps best known for her 1997 Grammy-winning song, "Sunny Came Home".

Contents

1 Early life 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Awards and recognition

4.1 Americana Music Honors & Awards 4.2 Grammy
Grammy
Awards

5 Discography

5.1 Albums 5.2 DVDs

6 References 7 External links

Early life[edit] Colvin was born in Vermillion, South Dakota, and spent her youth in Carbondale, Illinois
Carbondale, Illinois
and London, Ontario, Canada.[1] She is the second of four children.[2] She learned to play guitar at the age of 10[1] and grew up listening to her father's collection of music, which included artists such as Peter Seeger
Peter Seeger
and the Kingston Trio.[3] Career[edit] Colvin moved to Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas
and joined a Western swing band called the Dixie Diesels. She then entered "the folk circuit in Illinois and Berkeley", California[4] before straining her vocal cords and taking a sabbatical at the age of 24.[1] Colvin relocated to New York City, joining the Buddy Miller
Buddy Miller
Band in 1980[2] and later became involved in the Fast Folk cooperative of Greenwich Village.[5] While participating in off-Broadway shows such as Pump Boys and Dinettes[1] she was featured in Fast Folk magazine, and in 1987, producer Steve Addabbo
Steve Addabbo
hired her to sing backup vocals on the song "Luka" by Suzanne Vega.[1][4] After touring with Vega,[4] Colvin signed a recording contract with Columbia Records[1][4] and released her debut album Steady On in 1989. The album won a Grammy
Grammy
Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.[1] Colvin's second album Fat City was released in 1992 and received a Grammy
Grammy
nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Her song "I Don't Know Why" was nominated for a Grammy
Grammy
in the Best Female Pop Vocal category.[1] In 1993 she moved back to Austin and in 1994 released the album Cover Girl.[4] In 1995 Colvin released her album Live 88 a collection of live recordings from 1988.[6] In 1996, Colvin released her album A Few Small Repairs
A Few Small Repairs
and in 1997 the success of her single "Sunny Came Home" catapulted her into the mainstream after spending four weeks at the number one spot on the Adult Contemporary chart.[1][7] The song won the 1998 Grammy
Grammy
Awards for both Song and Record of the Year.[1] Colvin released the album Holiday Songs and Lullabies in 1998 and in 2001 released another album called Whole New You.[citation needed] In 2004, she released a compilation of past songs called, Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection.[1] In 2008, Colvin left Columbia Records
Columbia Records
and released a 15-song album called These Four Walls on her new label, Nonesuch Records, which featured contributions by Patti Griffin
Patti Griffin
and Teddy Thompson.[8] In 2009 she released Live, which was recorded at the jazz club Yoshi's in San Francisco, California.[citation needed] Colvin's eighth studio album, All Fall Down, was released in 2012 and was produced by Buddy Miller
Buddy Miller
at his home studio in Nashville, Tennessee. The album featured guest appearances by Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
and Jakob Dylan.[1] Colvin published her book of memoirs, Diamond in the Rough, in 2012.[9] In 2016 she recorded an album with Steve Earle
Steve Earle
called, Colvin and Earle.[10][11][12] For the 20th Anniversary of A Few Small Repairs
A Few Small Repairs
the album will be reissued and Colvin will be embarking on the A Few Small Repairs
A Few Small Repairs
20th Anniversary Tour Colvin has made vocal contributions to songs by James Taylor, Béla Fleck, Edwin McCain, Shawn Mullins
Shawn Mullins
and Elliott Murphy
Elliott Murphy
and collaborated with Sting on the song "One Day She'll Love Me".[1] Colvin played the voice of character Rachel Jordan on the TV show The Simpsons[13] and lent her vocals to Mary Chapin Carpenter's 1992 recordings, "The Hard Way" and "Come On Come On".[14] Personal life[edit] Colvin has been married twice, first to Simon Tassano in 1993[15] whom she divorced in 1995, and to photographer Mario Erwin, whom she married in 1997 and divorced in 2002.[16] She gave birth to daughter Caledonia in July 1998.[17] Awards and recognition[edit] Americana Music Honors & Awards[edit]

Year Album/Track Category Result

2016 Herself Americana Trailblazer Award Won

Grammy
Grammy
Awards[edit]

Year Album/Track Category Result

1991 Steady On Best Contemporary Folk Album Won

1994 "I Don't Know Why" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated

Fat City Best Contemporary Folk Album Nominated

1995 Cover Girl Best Contemporary Folk Album Nominated

1997 "Get Out of This House" Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated

A Few Small Repairs Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated

1998 "Sunny Came Home" Record of the Year Won

Song of the Year Won

Best Female Pop Vocal Performance Nominated

2009 Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
Live Best Contemporary Folk Album Nominated

Video Premiere Award Nomination

2001: Best Original Song – "Great Big World" (The Little Bear Movie) [1]

Discography[edit] Main article: Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
discography Albums[edit]

Steady On (1989) Fat City (1992) Cover Girl (1994) A Few Small Repairs
A Few Small Repairs
(1996) Holiday Songs and Lullabies (1998) Whole New You
Whole New You
(2001) These Four Walls (2006) Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
Live (2009) All Fall Down (2012) Uncovered (2015) Colvin and Earle with Steve Earle
Steve Earle
(2016) The Starlighter (2018)

DVDs[edit]

Music In High Places - Live In Bora Bora (2002) Polaroids: A Video Collection (2004)

References[edit]

^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Woodstra, Chris Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
Biography All Music, retrieved May 25, 2012 ^ a b Colvin, Shawn (2013). Diamond in the Rough. William morrow. p. 22. ISBN 0061759597.  ^ Hogg, Karen. Guitar Styles: Women In Rock. Workshop Arts Inc. p. 12.  ^ a b c d e Koster, Rick (2000) First St. Martin's Griffin, Texas Music page 219, retrieved May 25, 2012 ^ Hochman, Steve. "A Folk Stylist Hangs on to Intimacy Artist: Shawn Colvin", Los Angeles Times, November 26, 1989; accessed June 5, 2009. ^ Vladmir, Bogdanav (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: the Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop and Soul. Backbeat Books. pp. 240–241.  ^ Lowe, Jaime (2008). Digging for Dirt: The Life and Death of Odb. Faber and Faber Inc.  ^ "Live", Nonesuch.com. ^ "Surviving a Struggle with a Sense of Hope". Retrieved April 10, 2014.  ^ Guarino, Mark (June 16, 2016). " Steve Earle
Steve Earle
and Shawn Colvin: nine divorces, two addictions, one perfect mix". The Guardian. London, UK. Retrieved November 8, 2016.  ^ Green, Michelle (June 23, 2016). " Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
and Steve Earle: Two Old Pals on the Road Together". New York Times. New York City. Retrieved November 8, 2016.  ^ Leahey, Andrew (March 31, 2016). "Hear Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
and Steve Earle's Dark 'You're Right (I'm Wrong)'". Rolling Stone. New York City. Retrieved November 8, 2016.  ^ Cuddihy, Kevin (2005). Christmas's Most WantedTM. Potomoc Books Inc.  ^ Woodstra, Chris (2008). Contemporary Country. Backbeat books. p. 21.  ^ " Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
Biography". Retrieved September 10, 2013.  ^ "NNDB Shawn Colvin". Retrieved September 10, 2013.  ^ Robert Wilonsky (April 5, 2001). "A Real Mother". Dallas Observer. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 

External links[edit]

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Studio albums

Steady On (1989) Fat City (1992) Cover Girl (1994) A Few Small Repairs
A Few Small Repairs
(1996) Holiday Songs and Lullabies (1998) Whole New You
Whole New You
(2001) These Four Walls (2006) All Fall Down (2012) Uncovered (2015)

Live albums

Live '88 (1995) Live (2009)

Compilation albums

Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection (2004) The Best of Shawn Colvin (2010)

Singles

"Sunny Came Home" "You and the Mona Lisa"

Related articles

Discography Geoffrey Colvin (brother)

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Grammy
Grammy
Award for Song of the Year

1959−1980

"Volare" – Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(songwriter) (1959) "The Battle of New Orleans" – Jimmy Driftwood
Jimmy Driftwood
(songwriter) (1960) "Theme from Exodus" – Ernest Gold (songwriter) (1961) "Moon River" – Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
& Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(songwriters) (1962) "What Kind of Fool Am I?" – Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley (songwriters) (1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" – Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
& Henry Mancini (songwriters) (1964) "Hello, Dolly!" – Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(songwriter) (1965) "The Shadow of Your Smile" – Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel (songwriters) (1966) "Michelle" – John Lennon
John Lennon
& Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
(songwriters) (1967) "Up, Up, and Away" – Jimmy Webb
Jimmy Webb
(songwriter) (1968) "Little Green Apples" – Bobby Russell (songwriter) (1969) "Games People Play" – Joe South
Joe South
(songwriter) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" – Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(songwriter) (1971) "You've Got a Friend" – Carole King
Carole King
(songwriter) (1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Ewan MacColl (songwriter) (1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" – Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox (songwriters) (1974) "The Way We Were" – Alan and Marilyn Bergman & Marvin Hamlisch (songwriters) (1975) "Send in the Clowns" – Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(songwriter) (1976) "I Write the Songs" – Bruce Johnston (songwriter) (1977) "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" – Barbra Streisand & Paul Williams (songwriters) / "You Light Up My Life" – Joe Brooks (songwriter) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" – Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(songwriter) (1979) "What a Fool Believes" – Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins
& Michael McDonald (songwriters) (1980)

1981−2000

"Sailing" – Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(songwriter) (1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" – Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon (songwriters) (1982) "Always on My Mind" – Johnny Christopher, Mark James & Wayne Carson (songwriters) (1983) "Every Breath You Take" – Sting (songwriter) (1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" – Graham Lyle & Terry Britten (songwriters) (1985) "We Are the World" – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
& Lionel Richie (songwriters) (1986) "That's What Friends Are For" – Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
& Carole Bayer Sager (songwriters) (1987) "Somewhere Out There" – James Horner, Barry Mann
Barry Mann
& Cynthia Weil (songwriters) (1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" – Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(songwriter) (1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" – Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar (songwriters) (1990) "From a Distance" – Julie Gold
Julie Gold
(songwriter) (1991) "Unforgettable" – Irving Gordon
Irving Gordon
(songwriter) (1992) "Tears in Heaven" – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
& Will Jennings (songwriters) (1993) "A Whole New World" – Alan Menken
Alan Menken
& Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(songwriters) (1994) "Streets of Philadelphia" – Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(songwriter) (1995) "Kiss from a Rose" – Seal (songwriter) (1996) "Change the World" – Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Tommy Sims (songwriters) (1997) "Sunny Came Home" – Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
& John Leventhal
John Leventhal
(songwriters) (1998) "My Heart Will Go On" – James Horner
James Horner
& Will Jennings (songwriters) (1999) "Smooth" – Itaal Shur
Itaal Shur
& Rob Thomas (songwriters) (2000)

2001−present

"Beautiful Day" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2001) "Fallin'" – Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
(songwriter) (2002) "Don't Know Why" – Jesse Harris (songwriter) (2003) "Dance with My Father" – Richard Marx
Richard Marx
& Luther Vandross (songwriters) (2004) "Daughters" – John Mayer
John Mayer
(songwriter) (2005) "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" – Emily Burns Erwin, Martha Maguire, Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines
Pasdar & Dan Wilson (songwriters) (2007) "Rehab" – Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(songwriter) (2008) "Viva la Vida" – Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion & Christopher Martin (songwriters) (2009) "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" – Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart (songwriters) (2010) "Need You Now" – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley
Charles Kelley
& Hillary Scott (songwriters) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" – Adele
Adele
Adkins & Paul Epworth (songwriters) (2012) "We Are Young" – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost
Andrew Dost
& Nate Ruess (songwriters) (2013) "Royals" – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor (songwriters) (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) – James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith (songwriters) (2015) "Thinking Out Loud" – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
& Amy Wadge
Amy Wadge
(songwriters) (2016) "Hello" – Adele
Adele
Adkins & Greg Kurstin
Greg Kurstin
(songwriters) (2017) "That's What I Like" – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles
Ray Charles
McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip (songwriters) (2018)

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Grammy
Grammy
Award for Record of the Year

1959−1980

"Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)" by Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(1959) "Mack the Knife" by Bobby Darin
Bobby Darin
(1960) "Theme from A Summer Place" by Percy Faith
Percy Faith
(1961) "Moon River" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1962) "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" by Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
(1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" by Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(1964) "The Girl from Ipanema" by Astrud Gilberto
Astrud Gilberto
& Stan Getz
Stan Getz
(1965) "A Taste of Honey" by Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert
and the Tijuana Brass (1966) "Strangers in the Night" by Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
(1967) "Up, Up and Away" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1968) "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1969) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" by The 5th Dimension
The 5th Dimension
(Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamont McLemore, Ron Townson) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon) (1971) "It's Too Late" by Carole King
Carole King
(1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" by Roberta Flack
Roberta Flack
(1974) "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John
(1975) "Love Will Keep Us Together" by Captain & Tennille (Daryl Dragon, Toni Tennille) (1976) "This Masquerade" by George Benson
George Benson
(1977) "Hotel California" by Eagles (Don Felder, Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Randy Meisner, Joe Walsh) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" by Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(1979) "What a Fool Believes" by The Doobie Brothers
The Doobie Brothers
(Jeffrey Baxter, John Hartman, Keith Knudsen, Michael McDonald, Tiran Porter, Patrick Simmons) (1980)

1981−2000

"Sailing" by Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" by Kim Carnes
Kim Carnes
(1982) "Rosanna" by Toto (Bobby Kimball, Steve Lukather, David Paich, Jeff Porcaro, David Hungate, Steve Porcaro) (1983) "Beat It" by Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
(1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" by Tina Turner
Tina Turner
(1985) "We Are the World" by USA for Africa
USA for Africa
(1986) "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood
Steve Winwood
(1987) "Graceland" by Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" by Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1990) "Another Day in Paradise" by Phil Collins
Phil Collins
(1991) "Unforgettable" by Natalie Cole
Natalie Cole
with Nat King Cole
Nat King Cole
(1992) "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1993) "I Will Always Love You" by Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
(1994) "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow
(1995) "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal (1996) "Change the World" by Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
(1997) "Sunny Came Home" by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
(1998) "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Celine Dion
(1999) "Smooth" by Santana (Rodney Holmes, Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Benny Rietveld, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson) featuring Rob Thomas (2000)

2001−present

"Beautiful Day" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2001) "Walk On" by U2 (Bono, Adam Clayton, The Edge, Larry Mullen Jr.) (2002) "Don't Know Why" by Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2003) "Clocks" by Coldplay
Coldplay
(Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion, Phil Harvey, Chris Martin) (2004) "Here We Go Again" by Ray Charles
Ray Charles
and Norah Jones
Norah Jones
(2005) "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day
Green Day
(Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt, Frank Edwin Wright III) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks
Dixie Chicks
(Martie Maguire, Natalie Maines, Emily Robison) (2007) "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(2008) "Please Read the Letter" by Alison Krauss
Alison Krauss
and Robert Plant
Robert Plant
(2009) "Use Somebody" by Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon
(Caleb Followill, Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill) (2010) "Need You Now" by Lady Antebellum
Lady Antebellum
(Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley, Dave Haywood) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" by Adele
Adele
(2012) "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye
Gotye
featuring Kimbra
Kimbra
(2013) "Get Lucky" by Daft Punk
Daft Punk
featuring Pharrell Williams
Pharrell Williams
& Nile Rodgers (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) by Sam Smith (2015) "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson
featuring Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2016) "Hello" by Adele
Adele
(2017) "24K Magic" by Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
(2018)

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