Colleen Songs~Biography www.colleensongs.ca
Colleen, the youngest of eleven children (with 9 sisters and a brother) was born in Kelowna, BC and raised on traditional country music. “There’s 130 of us, and 400 guitars!“ she quotes a line from her sister, Kathy’s description of their family.
She wrote her first song by the age of 14, teaching herself to play guitar on a hand-me-down 12 string from her brother. By 19 she was singing and performing at the "Stage Door" Dinner Theatre, where she also experienced her first live musical theatre performance as Tup Tim in "The King and I".
Moving to Alberta in her early 20's she married and started a family of her own. In 1996, Colleen was diagnosed with early stages of MS, confirmed ten years later after losing the feeling of her left leg and beginning to lose the feeling of her right leg. With two children she wanted to live up to and inspire to ‘never give up‘, she committed herself to a healthy, active lifestyle. “It’s going to hurt if I do or hurt if I don’t. I’d rather hurt beating MS then let it take over.” Keeping her dream of music alive before her, Colleen is continually recovering, venturing out to perform wherever she can, and writing her collection of ‘life songs‘.
In 1998 she set out to produce her first sound recording, "Time to Make it Right" - a co-write that led her to the invitation to record her song "The One" on the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame "New Faces Vol.3" album, in Nashville TN with music and recording legends Gary Buck and Tom Pick. “You’re going to be hearing a lot from this little one, one day!” announced Gary Buck during a concert tour with George Hamilton IV, where Colleen was the opening act.
She cultivated her songs from experience and went on to complete the recording of a third single, "Solomon's Song" which was recorded with producer and musician, Ron Briggs of Plan B Productions in Langley, BC.
By August 2010, Colleen had finally completed the writings and recording of her debut record, "Looking at Love" with Chilean guitar virtuoso and producer, Rodrigo Figueroa. A pure duet of guitar and vocals that will leave you enchanted and "Looking at Love"!
Three of Colleen's original pieces from this album are dedicated to personal causes and a percentage of the proceeds will be donated to build the "Morgan's Angel" Dream Fund: a song written in memory of her nephew Michael who, in Feb. 2010, was tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident, leaving behind a new bride and a 2 year old daughter, Morgan. The Morgan’s Angel Dream Fund is another dream of Colleen’s, aimed toward helping children who have lost a parent to live their dreams, despite life‘s challenges!
With the sounds of Alison Krause, Jewel, Jesse Farrell, Olivia Newton John, Colleen’s Adult Contemporary (or what Colleen calls ‘Latin Country Contemporary‘) genre has been inspiring people throughout Western Canada. She has been asked to perform at several benefits as well as actively performing at woman’s networking events upon request. Never giving up on her own dreams, despite many odds, Colleen’s motto follows her wherever she goes… “Remember…Dreams Never Expire!’
Full information and testimonials can be found on her website: www.colleensongs.ca