This artist performed at the VFMF in 2017
“…extraordinary songs, mesmerising guitar playing, and a voice that goes effortlessly from bruise-tender to scar-hard in a matter of minutes…her lyrics are crafted and clever, full of subtlety and polished phrases…With delicious sarcasm and acerbic stories, she held the audience spellbound…her songs are so personal to her that they speak to everyone who listens.” – The Guardian
Born in Vermilion, South Dakota and raised in part in Illinois and Ontario, Shawn Colvin was already a well-traveled and seasoned performer by the time she won her first GRAMMY Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album with her 1989 debut, Steady On. She’s been a mainstay of the contemporary folk music scene ever since, releasing eleven superlative albums and establishing herself as one of America’s greatest live performers.
She triumphed at the 1998 GRAMMY Awards, winning both Record and Song of the Year for Sunny Came Home. Her inspiring and candid memoir, 2012’s Diamond In The Rough, chronicles her struggles with depression and eating disorders. With the wit, lyricism, and empathy that have characterized Shawn’s performances and inspired audiences worldwide, Diamond in the Rough looks back over a rich lifetime of highs and lows with stunning insight and candor.
Shawn’s most recent solo endeavor, Uncovered (Fantasy Records, 2015), is the long-awaited follow up to fan-favorite Cover Girl. In June 2016, she united with Steve Earle to release Colvin & Earle, a true standout in careers already filled with pinnacles and masterpieces.