Colleen Brown grew up on the prairies of Alberta and Saskatchewan and is now a force on the Canadian music scene, traveling coast to coast, singing and playing guitar, piano, and bass. She writes songs that take on the subjects of love, fate, and psychic retooling; she is often compared to Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Heart.
Brown’s most recent album, ‘Direction’ was recorded in Halifax with beloved Can-rocker Joel Plaskett, as well as Toronto, Edmonton, and LA with Raymond Richards (Local Natives). ‘Direction’ was feted with album release performances live on both CKUA and CBC Alberta provincial radio programs, cross-Canada tour dates including summer festival stages, and charting in the Top 50 Canadian College Radio. Colleen also toured for the first time in Austria, Germany and the UK.
Colleen is currently recording a new collaborative project with Edmonton’s Scenic Route To Alaska, called Major Lover. The first single from the forthcoming album, ‘Motherland’ was the $10,000 grand prize winner in ATB’s All Alberta Song Contest.
Colleen has always been propelled by her passion for songwriting and performance. Previous albums- 2011’s Dirt, 2008’s Foot in Heart - both received regular airplay across Canada and were praised by critics nationwide. The Globe and Mail said of Brown, “The talents of this Edmonton-based musician shine like a beacon. Her boldly written originals… have the good bones and great melodic rhythm of classic big-screen pop songs from the sixties and seventies.” And Rich Terfy (aka. Buck 65) of CBC Radio 2 Drive compared Foot in Heart, “(to) some of the best music you heard on pop-radio back in the ‘70s… I love this album.” She’s shared stages with Frank Black, Jim Cuddy, Jakob Dylan, Kathleen Edwards, Hawksley Workman, Don MacLean. Her song ‘Love You Baby’ appeared in a CBC Radio 2 TV commercial, and she has performed on CBC’s Q and Canada Live, and Drive.