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Jonatha Brooke - 100% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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23 January 1964, Illinois, USA. Initially recording with the folk pop duo Story, singer-songwriter Brooke has earned several comparisons with Rickie Lee Jones for her work. Trained as a ballet dancer, she first played rock music as a 13-year-old bass player with a local rock band called Science Function, which included her biology teacher. However, her first experience of Jo Read more

Mary Chapin Carpenter - 88% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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21 February 1958, Princeton, New Jersey, USA. Carpenter’s father was an executive for Life magazine, and she spent part of her early life living in Japan. She grew up with a love of contemporary pop hits, although her mother’s Woody Guthrie and Judy Collins records gave her some interest in country/folk music. She spent her time at home with her guitar, and her fat Read more

Patty Griffin - 75% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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16 March 1964, Old Town, Maine, USA. This US singer-songwriter made her name on the Boston/Cambridge folk scene in the mid-90s, leading to a major label recording contract with A&M Records. Griffin began writing songs as a teenager but at this point in her life was more interested in athletics than music. By the time she relocated to Boston she was married to musician Ni Read more

Dar Williams - 73% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Dorothy Snowden Williams, 19 April 1967, Mount Kisco, New York, USA. Singer-songwriter Dar Williams first gained exposure by playing tiny church halls and cramped coffee houses on the small-town Massachusetts folk circuit. Her debut album, The Honesty Room, was released by Grapevine Records in 1995 and attracted immediate critical acclaim. Billboard magazine featured William Read more

Indigo Girls - 72% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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This US duo comprises Amy Ray (12 April 1964, Decatur, Georgia, USA; vocals/guitar) and Emily Saliers (b. 22 July 1963, New Haven, Connecticut, USA; vocals/guitar), who had met aged 10 and 11 while at school in Decatur, Georgia, USA. Soon they started to perform together, initially as the B Band, then Saliers And Ray. Their first cassette, Tuesday’s Children, mainly con Read more

Kim Richey - 67% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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1 December 1956, Zanesville, Ohio, USA. Country singer-songwriter Kim Richey has established an enviable reputation for the quality of her writing, earning credits for her work with Radney Foster (‘Nobody Wins’), George Ducas (‘Those Words We Said’) and Trisha Yearwood (‘Believe Me Baby (I Lied)’). Her own recording career began in earnest with Read more

Nanci Griffith - 60% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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6 July 1953, Seguin, Texas, USA. This singer-songwriter brilliantly straddles the boundary between folk and country music, with occasional nods to the mainstream rock audience. Her mother was an amateur actress and her father a member of a barbershop quartet. They passed on their interest in performance to Nanci, and although she majored in education at the University of Tex Read more

Lucy Kaplansky - 57% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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2 February 1960, Chicago, Illinois, USA. Kaplansky’s father was a professor of mathematics as well as an accomplished pianist, which gave his young daughter an equal grounding in academia and music. She became involved in the Chicago folk scene, and then moved up to New York in 1978 to catch the current folk revival. Kaplansky worked with another young singer, Shawn Col Read more

Kris Delmhorst - 56% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. Roots singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kris Delmhorst is a classically trained cellist who is also an adept fiddle player. She learned the latter instrument during a spell hitchhiking in Ireland, an experience she fitted in around studying for a degree and working on farms, bakeries and ocean-going boats. Delmhorst moved to Read more

Catie Curtis - 55% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Saco, Maine, USA. Folk singer-songwriter Curtis first started out as a drummer, before switching to guitar in time to perform at coffee houses during a college stint at Brown University. She began her recording career in 1989 with Dandelion, on the independent Mongoose label, following it up two years later with From Years To Hours. Both sets spotlighted the musical ingredie Read more

David Wilcox - 53% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Blues Folk Pop / Rock
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Mindy Smith - 50% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Holiday & Seasonal Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 2000s
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1 June 1972, Long Island, New York, USA. This Nashville-based singer-songwriter grew up in Long Island, learning to sing from her stepmother, who was choir leader and music director of the church where Smith’s stepfather was minister. She performed with a band while attending Bible college in Cincinnati, later graduating to the solo acoustic circuit after moving with he Read more

Patty Larkin - 50% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Iowa, USA. Expert guitarist and singer-songwriter Patty Larkin has described her style as ‘folk music meets the beat generation meets rock ‘n’ roll.’ In the meantime, critics have described her acoustic, electric and slide guitar technique and presentation as ‘comparable to the best of Bonnie Raitt’. Raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Larkin studie Read more

Tift Merritt - 50% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk Pop / Rock
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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8 January 1975, Houston, Texas, USA. Roots singer-songwriter Merritt was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. She began writing songs and performing in clubs as a teenager, but did not make much of an impression before teaming up with drummer Zeke Hutchins and forming the Carbines. The band gained a strong reputation on Raleigh’s roots music scene, and after independently Read more

Lori McKenna - 49% match to Shawn Colvin

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Folk
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s
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December 1968, Stoughton, Massachusetts, USA. Singing and playing guitar, McKenna has built a dedicated audience for her music, which falls into the area between folk and country. Although she was born and continues to live far away from the main centres of country music, McKenna has found ways to echo universal experience in the stories her songs tell. Writing her own mater Read more


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