Colvin to perform at USD Dec. 5

Colvin to perform at USD Dec. 5 Shawn Colvin, the Grammy award winning artist who spent the first 12 years of her life in Vermillion, will be coming to The University of South Dakota Saturday, Dec. 5. "An Evening with Shawn Colvin" will be held in Slagle Auditorium beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Sponsored by the Program Council's Entertainment Committee, Colvin is promoting her new album, Holiday Songs and Lullabies, which was inspired by Maurice Sendak's book Lullabies and Night Songs. Her parents gave her Sendak's book when she was eight years old and she cherished it throughout her childhood. Shawn, who just became a first-time mother with the birth of her daughter Caledonia Jean-Marie in July, recorded Holiday Songs and Lullabies this past June.

The general public may purchase tickets at a cost of $18 in the Coyote Students Center at USD, Ernie November's in Sioux Falls and Uncle John's in Sioux City. Students, who show their student ID, can purchase tickets for $9 only at the Coyote Student Center. Student purchases will be limited to two tickets. Guitarist Billy McLaughlin will present an opening performance prior to Colvin's concert.

Holiday Songs and Lullabies arrives in the middle of the most successful period of Colvin's career. Her most recent album, A Few Small Repairs, earned her two Grammy awards and won Record of the Year as well as Song of the Year for Sunny Come Home. Produced and co-written by John Leventhal, that album generated Colvin's first RIAA platinum record award.

"People who see Shawn perform talk about the beauty of her voice, the honesty of her feelings, her innovative guitar playing, the irony in her humor, and above all, what an emotionally moving experience it is to her music," said Howell, whose article about the singer appears on her Internet site:

Last year, Colvin recorded All Through the Night for Carnival, which was a various artists benefit album put together by Sting for the Rainforest Foundation International. While doing that album, she discovered that her keyboard player, Doug Petty, had a similar experience with a book as she did while growing up.

Produced by Petty, Holiday Songs and Lullabies is an album "that captures the sublime wonder and promise of childhood," according to Colvin's publicity statement. The album's 14 songs include: In the Bleak Mid-Winter, Christmas Time is Here, Now the Day is Over, Rocking, Windy Nights, All Through the Night, Love Came Down at Christmas, Silent Night, All the Pretty Li'l Horses, Little Road to Bethlehem, Seal Lullaby, Evening Is A Little Boy/The Night Will Never Stay, The Christ Child's Lullaby, and Close Your Eyes.

"Her memories of the Colvin family singing Christmas carols in four-part harmony in the car all year-round provided a warm touchstone for the recording of the album," it is stated in Colvin's publicity statement.

The South Dakota native picked up her first guitar at the age of 10. As her family moved around Canada and the Midwestern U.S., her love of music grew. She left college to perform and compose on a full-time basis, a path that took Colvin to Texas, San Francisco, New York and Boston. It allowed her to explore different genres with various bands and she was able to develop her only solo style.

Her first album, Steady On, produced by John Leventhal and Steve Addabbo, contained 10 original songs including Shotgun Down the Avalanche, Cry Like an Angel and Diamond in the Rough. That album was awarded the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. Colvin's success with that album generated attention for the singer. Colvin appeared on several benefit albums and she was a guest vocalist on LPs by Suzanne Vega and Mary Chapin Carpenter. She also appeared on tours with Neil Young, Richard Thompson and Lyle Lovett.

A second album, Fat Cat, released in 1993, received two Grammy nominations. Her third album, Cover Girl (1994) is a collection of unique interpretations of her favorite songwriters' works. Colvin has become involved in various film projects. She performed in director Allison Anders' Grace of My Heart and contributed the song Between Two Worlds to the soundtrack. She composed the score for HBO's Edie and Pen, which starred Stockard Channing and Jennifer Tilly. She contributed to the movie, Head Above Water, which starred Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz and Tin Cup which include Kevin Costner and Renee Russo in lead roles.

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