Colleen McFarland | Beautiful Lie

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Beautiful Lie

by Colleen McFarland

Americana and Alt. Country, Colleen has a voice that will stop you in your tracks. Songs drenched with heartache, yearning, tenderness and loss. Soulful, gritty and sweet
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ten Years
3:29 $0.99
2. A Thousand Miles Away
4:57 $0.99
3. I Don't Wanna Be Good
4:42 $0.99
4. One Last Time
4:03 $0.99
5. Cross The Line
3:07 $0.99
6. The Last Cloud
3:19 $0.99
7. Paint The Sunrise
4:50 $0.99
8. Sordid Affair
3:34 $0.99
9. Rain
7:04 $0.99
10. Shelter Me
3:45 $0.99
11. He Rolled His Eyes
5:12 $0.99
12. Fly Away
5:39 $0.99
13. A Cold Wind Blows
5:09 $0.99
14. Tell Me To Go
5:19 $0.99
15. The Best Is Yet To Come
5:00 $0.99
16. The Perfect Ending
3:44 $0.99
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Album Notes
"As a producer, she has crafted her best record a songwriter, she sculpts each song with elegance and grace..utterly exquisite album.."
--Michael Tearson, Sing Out!, August, 2006

"A gritty feel and for-the-ages mysticism..her smoky alto drips with inner strength and sensuality..a compelling mix of dreamy imagery and direct emotion.."
--Michael McCall, Nashville Scene, August, 2006

"Colleen McFarland hollows out the hurts of lost love with a gritty realism and encapsulates solid songwriting that is all her own."
- - Joey Hood, American Songwriter, July 2006

Colleen's uniquely sweet, bluesy voice and songs can appear rough around the edges, but also beautiful and haunting, with the kind of mind crafted lyrics that critics and music lovers are fortunate to discover from time to time. While glimpsing into McFarland's journeys of sorrow, deep introspection and determination, fans will translate her songs into their own self discoveries. With the new release of her third CD Beautiful Lie, McFarland exposes her strength as well as her vulnerability. From the gritty, rhythmic pull of "Ten Years" to the sultry "I Don't Wanna Be Good", listeners will be pulled right along beside her on an emotional roller coaster of love, lust and loss. While Beautiful Lie displays a cohesive, well sewn tapestry of sparse, but lush arrangements and rich musical ideas, it also shows that McFarland's influences are diverse.
The youngest of nine children, Colleen grew up in a small, three bedroom, one bathroom house on the outskirts of Jennings, Missouri, singing whatever music her parents, and one brother and seven sisters played on the radio and family turntable. After years of singing in church and school, Colleen became a professional entertainer at the age of fifteen, singing in local bands and orchestras. Discovering folk and soul at an early age, she listened to the songs of Neil Young, James Taylor, and Aretha Franklin, joined by the likes of Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Marty Robbins.
Colleen graduated with honors in music performance from the University of Missouri in St. Louis, paying her tuition by moonlighting in the smoky nightclubs of the Midwest. She moved to the Northeast for an extended period of time to write and perform her original music at many venues including the Tin Angel, The Point, The Lansdowne Folk Club, and The Bitter End, while also performing in coffee shops and at festivals, including the Newton Colony/XPN Music & Arts Festival in Collingswood, NJ featuring The Mavericks, and Lucinda Williams.
Colleen recorded and co-produced two independent cds, Speaking In Rhymes, and Three Miles From Odessa which received airplay on many college and independent radio stations, and worked as a voice-over talent and jingle singer, recording commercials and industrial spots for Nike, Fox Television, Polygram Video, and was the featured soprano for Bernard Herrmann's (of Alfred Hitchcock fame) post-mortem Opus 6.
Since moving to Nashville in 2003, Colleen has performed at 3rd & Lindsley, The Bluebird Cafe, Borders Books & Music, The Basement, Douglas Corner, The French Quarter Cafe, and The Family Wash, where she also sits in with the band Soul Food, led by guitarist/pedal steel player Pete Finney from the Dixie Chicks. She has shared the stage with Freedy Johnston, Kim Richey, Jeff Black, Jeffrey Gaines, Lucy Kaplansky, Reeves Gabrels, Frank Black, and Entrain to name a few. Colleen licensed two of her songs to Universal Studios in January of 2006 for the dvd release of the television series Northern Exposure. She also recently performed to a sold out audience at Pub Ampfield in Gjovik, Norway. Her songs can be heard on radio stations across the country including WRLT in Nashville, WXPN in Philadelphia, and as far away as Paris, France, on NSEO “Keep It Country”. Colleen is also currently being featured on "The Miller Tells Her Tale", a popular Americana internet radio podcast from Edinburgh, Scotland, and BBC Radio2 with Bob Harris. Beautiful Lie has received stunning reviews in major songwriter magazines including Maverick Magazine (Oct. '06), Performing Songwriter (Nov. '06), and Sing Out! (Aug. '06) Colleen was also recently featured as the 'Critics Pick' in the Nashville Scene for the August 2006 issue.



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Tony Whitmore U.K.

Beautiful Lie is a superb CD - Buy it.
Only found out about Colleen McFarland by chance before buying this CD. It is superb in all respects.

anthony ryan

A wonderful album - heard a track on BBC2 Bob Harris - a great talent
An excellent album, from a wonderful singer songwriter. Obviously influenced by EmmyLou, but Colleen is a better writer. Rain is a powerful, emotional track - the highlight of the album. Even though this is a long song, I think the album would have benefitted through better editing. Sometimes less is more. Regardless, this Colleen makes your eyes shine.

gordon erskine

I heard 2 tracks on the Bob Harris radio show. Usually when you buy a CD mostly unheard you may only like 4 or 5 tracks. I have now downloaded all 16 tracks to my MP3. That speaks for itself

Marcia Jacobson

Intensely personal
Colleen has created an intensely personal cd here with great sadness and hope at the same time. She's a first rate songwriter with a beautiful voice and expression. The accompanying musicians and harmonies are wonderful. I especially love the song Rain and can't stop singing Ten Years. Love all of it!



Ian Prentice

What a remarkable album. Great voice incredible songs. Leaves you feeling like your in front of a warm fire on a cold night.

Bruce MacFarlane

Powerful Moving Soulful Country Experience
The Best is Yet To Come shows off Colleens great vocals! Fantastic amazing bluesy guitars fill between the moving lyrics. I don't want to be good is an incredible love song. If you want a moving experience, just buy the album. Its my favorite, and I have hundreds of cds now by last count.

Richard Wolff

A wise and wonderful record
I have been listening to Beautiful Lie on a daily basis since I got it from CD Baby. I am still trying to find the words to describe what I feel about it. The length is daunting, but the way the level of quality of songs is sustained all the way through is nothing short of miraculous. The mainly melancholy melodies brought forth by the sparsest of musical accompaniment are wonderful. Songs about love and loss, but not being the loser, but becoming stronger through experience, empowered. You have seen it all before and know the score. Time is too short to stay with someone whose behavior you recognize all too well.
The start is a return to the world after ten years on the mountain. Coming down to tell what you have learned. If the best is yet to come, I am looking forward to hearing what more Colleen McFarland has to say.


Beautifully True
These songs are so honest and heartfelt, that when you hear Colleen's masterful writing, and her tender yet biting vocals, you will think she
wrote this for you. You would be correct, and this album is like a good book to curl up with, to remind us of where we've been, or where we are.

There is much more to cherish in this passionate work. Besides the pastoral art, design and photography in the package, the musical arrangements are unique and stellar, with many surprises and many turns. I got chills upon my initial listen. I'll tell you my favorite tracks if you tell me yours. Btw, her next release might just rock (or knock) you upside your head. Colleen's talents are galactic, and you best get ready for more (just between u and mee).

Derek Koh

Excellent album!!!
Overall I would say this album fits in between Americana and Country Folk. As a comparison Colleen sounds like a younger version of Emmylou Harris on some tracks and some early Maria McKee stuff.

Love the track Rain" which could easily be a big hit. I first heard her on Bob Harris Country and am glad I bought this CD.

Also the first time I have used this website and 5/5 for delivery and service.
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