Origin: Freshwater, Placentia, Newfoundland - St. John's, Newfoundland
Colleen Power exploded onto the international music scene in 1996 with her rousing rendition of Ron and Connie Hynes’ “Mary Got A Baby”, which appeared on “11:11 – Newfoundland Women Sing Songs of Ron and Connie Hynes”. The track appeared once again on 1998’s “My Sister Sings”, placing Colleen in the company of well-known artists such as Sarah McLaughlan and Mary Jane Lamond. Colleen has since released four independently-produced CDs.
Her award-winning debut, “Lucky You Are” in 2000 gained her a reputation as one of Canada’s finest songwriters. It was Reverb magazine’s number one album to buy for 2000. Three songs were featured in CTV’s “The Associates” and several tracks received extensive airplay on national and international radio stations. Following its release, in 2001, Colleen won Music NL Female and Alternative artist of the year and received three East Coast Music Award nominations.
“Face and Eyes”, Colleen’s sophomore release won the Music NL 2004 Alternative Artist of the year and was named in the Halifax Chronicle Herald as one of Stephen Cooke’s Top Ten albums of 2005. “Na Na Song”, the first single, went to number one on the nationally syndicated East Coast Countdown. It also received three ECMA nominations and airplay on many radio stations worldwide. In 2005, Colleen appeared on CBC TV’s ECMA Songwriter Circle.
In July 2006, Colleen released “Terre-Neuvienne”, her first full length French CD. She was chosen to take part in SACEF’s Serie Découvertes and she performed two shows live at the prestigious Place des Arts in Montreal in January 2007. Aucune Idée spent 10 weeks at number 4 and 5 weeks in the number 5 position in Radio-Canada Manitoba’s Top 20 countdown. Colleen performed on Radio-Canada TV’s Brio taped live in Moncton. Songs from “Terre-Neuvienne” continue to be played regularly on French radio stations from Halifax to France and the CD receives rave reviews throughout Francophonie.
In June 2008, Colleen's first self-produced effort, Rejects came into the world. A collection of weird and funny songs, it marks the beginning of Colleen's career as a solo producer/engineer. A new French CD will follow in Winter 2008.
Colleen Power is a bilingual singer/songwriter best known for her witty lyrics, irresistible melodies and disarming stage presence. Her engaging live performances captivate audiences from coast to coast. Her frank and funny lyrics have made her a favorite of festivals such as the Stan Rogers Folk Festival and the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk festival. Her debut CD, “Lucky You Are”, released in 2000, helped establish Colleen as one of Canada’s premiere songwriters.
She won Female and Alternative artist of the year at the 2001 Music NL Awards and was nominated for three East Coast Music Awards in 2002. Colleen’s sophomore CD, “Face and Eyes” was released in December 2004 to rave reviews. It won her a 2005 Music NL Award to add to her collection, as well as two 2006 East Coast Music Award nominations.
Colleen’s songs, in both English and French have been featured on the CTV Alliance/Atlantis series “The Associates” and in numerous independent feature films. Colleen has performed alongside such wonderful songwriters as Joel Plaskett, Daniel Lanois, Fred Eaglesmith, Pamela Morgan, and Ron Sexsmith. She has appeared on several Canadian television and radio programs such as Much Music’s Going Coastal, CBC Radio’s Definitely Not the Opera, the ECMA Awards Show and the ECMA Songwriter’s Circle.