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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
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Step Outside
4:32 album only
2. In Between
4:11 album only
3. Dear Arlene
2:38 album only
4. Garden of Eden
3:00 album only
5. I'm Leavin'
3:50 album only
6. Bonus Track
2:46 album only


Album Notes
Music Matters Review
Issue 10: January 1999
Picks: A glance at some more of our favorites

Colleen Sexton: STEP OUTSIDE, 1998, Crescent Records

Marty Sexton's sister sets out on her own path in this debut recording. With a touch of jazz and a lot of the blues, Sexton's supple alto soars with passion and energy. Deb Blackadar on drums, brother Martin on electric guitar and backing vocals, and Matt Samolis on flute provide fine backing instrumentation. With five sharply written tunes and a bonus track, this recording leaves us wanting for more. Besides, who else would have the guts to cut a version of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive"? Colleen Sexton is a talent to watch for. Marty who!?
--by R. B. Schwartz

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.

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

"Her voice is at once joyous and weighted with emotion, and her singing style has been touched by several genres. Jazz, blues, folk, and pop have all left a mark on her vocals. She sings without pretense and delivers her feelings openly."
-- Annette C . Eshleman, Dirty Linen Magazine

"Very promising, fast-rising new songwriter. She is very much her own songwriter, but shares her brother's jazzy exuberance and captivating vocal style."
--Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

"One of her most powerful new songs, called 'Scarecrow,' tackles the difficult topic of hate crime with tact and sensitivity."
-- Dirty Linen Magazine

"Her charisma and charm flow with the music giving the live performance a warmth and inclusiveness which the audience can feel and appreciate."
--Vince LaRosa, Suburban Noise

"Her percussive strumming chops and well-toned vocals blended everything together into an impressively layered sound.... Sexton had the audience intermittently dancing, singing, and sighing in their seats."
--Matt Robinson, Metronome

"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

"An excellent newcomer, Colleen Sexton, stood out with original songs and far-reaching covers"
-- Steve Morse, Boston Globe



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