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Colleen Sexton Live

by Colleen Sexton

"Colleen Sexton is one of the top young talents of the circuit with a supple voice and pop/r&b bent reminiscent of brother Martin...." --Daniel Gewertz, Boston Herald
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. My Father's Shoes
3:53 album only
2. Promised Land
3:20 album only
3. In Between
4:00 album only
4. Crazy
3:54 album only
5. Garden of Eden
3:50 album only
6. Scarecrow
4:10 album only
7. Trouble in Mind
3:15 album only
8. Erin
3:30 album only
9. Dear Arlene
4:07 album only
10. I'm Leavin'
4:02 album only


Album Notes
Equal parts sincerity and strength, Colleen Sexton has ably established herself as a respected artist and performer. Combining the sweet sounds of the front porch in summer with the soul of a vintage Harlem night, Colleen delivers the goods. She migrated to New England from Syracuse, NY to attend law school, but instead quickly discovered the fertile Boston singer-songwriter scene. She stayed in law school only two days, but has been touring throughout the United States and Canada for four years. Critics have described her performance as "smoldering, sincere, and captivating": and her songs as "intelligent" and "passionate." With her versatile voice, memorable songs, and quick wit, Colleen is heating up rooms large and small.

Colleen's debut CD, STEP OUTSIDE (Crescent Records), garnered two 1999 Boston Music Award nominations, putting her among the elite of Boston songwriters.

In 2001, Crescent Records released COLLEEN SEXTON LIVE, a 10 track live recording with Colleen and friends Tim Kelly and Trina Hamlin accompanying Colleen on dobro, bass, lap steel, harmonica, and percussion. This highly-acclaimed live recording illustrates her range and ability to connect with her audience.

With her brand new studio CD GREATEST FIND (Accord Music Group/Distributed nationally by Telarc, July 2003), Colleen is an up-and-coming national presence. GREATEST FIND brings a new edge to the singer-songwriter tradition. The CD features guest appearances by Martin Sexton, Cliff Eberhardt, and Janis Ian. Canadian roots band and JUNO nominees, Zubot and Dawson are the backing band. The 12 new tunes on GREATEST FIND showcase Colleen's talent as a soulful singer, gifted arranger, and intelligent writer.

Colleen's song "Dear Arlene" appears on the RESPOND compilation CD, which Billboard Magazine's editor named the number one album of 1999. She is proud to be an Associate Producer on the recent RESPOND II release (Signature Sounds, 2002).

Colleen also contributed songs to two blues tribute records on the Telarc label. Preachin' the Blues: The Songs of Mississippi Fred McDowell was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album of 2002. Colleen sings the title track on Down the Dirt Road, a tribute to Delta blues master Charley Patton.

In true troubadour fashion, Colleen has performed at clubs, coffeehouses, colleges, and festivals, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival and such venues as the Somerville Theater (Somerville, MA), Iron Horse Music Hall (Northampton, MA), Knitting Factory (New York City), The Ark (Ann Arbor, MI), Turning Point (Piermont, NY), Tin Angel (Philadelphia), Met Cafe (Providence, RI), Happy Endings (Syracuse, NY), Grateful Bread (Seattle, WA), and IOTA (Alexandria, VA). Check her website for tour information:

Colleen has shared the stage with such notables as Richie Havens, Janis Ian, Cliff Eberhardt, Martin Sexton, Ellis Paul, Christine Lavin, Susan Werner, Vance Gilbert, Melissa Ferrick, Greg Greenway, Kelly Joe Phelps, Luka Bloom, Cheryl Wheeler, Eddie from Ohio, and John Gorka.

Performing Songwriter
Vol 10, Issue 64
September/October 2002

Top 12 DIY Reviews

Colleen Sexton
Produced by Neal Eckstein and Colleen Sexton

Colleen and brother Martin have both family and songwriting in common, but the younger Sexton travels her own path through blues, jazz, country, and folk on a powerful collection of originals and covers. The Syracuse, NY native possesses a passionate, earthy voice, which she uses to deliver literate character studies and weighty observations on society. The most potent song on the disc, "Scarecrow" reflects on the horrific murders of Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. "This hate is anger / Rage out of control / It's American as it old," she sings of the crimes. Sexton's live performances draw strong reviews in the Boston area; now the rest of the country can share the experience!

Critic Choice
The Pitch (Lawrence, KS)
October 9th, 2002

Having ditched her academic pursuits for Boston's alluring folk scene, Colleen Sexton finds herself in historically rarified company that includes fellow raven-haired folkie Joan Baez. Though the resemblance - both physical and musical - is unmistakable, Sexton also brings originality to the table, displaying wit and wisdom beyond her years. Some critics label her warm vocal style jazzy, but her sensibilities extend beyond that niche - Sexton smolders.
-John Kreicbergs



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Lisa & Lisa

We love this CD! Colleen brings home the thrill of her live shows!
If you have ever seen Colleen Sexton in concert- this CD will bring back that incredible experience! If you've never seen her live- listening to this will make it a top priority!
Fav. songs- Scarecrow, Dear Arlene, & I'm Leavin'. Highly Recommended!


She is also in Jekyll and Hyde
Okay Colleen Sexton is very beautiful and she sings lovely but yet didn't she play in Jekyll and Hyde? Hello where is this all coming to? She is 22 in Jekyll and Hyde and now i understand that this album was made before she went big but I want the old Colleen back anyway this album is very extrodinary she has alot of band performers and she does have a very pitched lovely voice anyway she is just cool but yet I miss my baby Lucy.


She is NOT in Jekyll and Hyde
Don't be confused by the other incorrect review. THIS Colleen Sexton was never in Jekyll and Hyde...same name, different woman. While this review is not about the CD, I wanted to make sure that no one believed the nonsense that the other person wrote. Get your facts straight...then type.