Colleen Power

Colleen Power

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Award-winning bilingual singer/songwriter Colleen Power is best known for her clever lyrics, irresistable melodies and disarming stage presence. Appealing to all ages, Colleen's performance is sure to get tongues wagging and heads turning.

Biography

Colleen Power exploded onto the international music scene in 1996 with her rousing rendition of Ron and Connie Hynes’ “Mary Got A Baby”, which appeared on “11:11 – Newfoundland Women Sing Songs of Ron and Connie Hynes”. The track appeared once again on 1998’s “My Sister Sings”, placing Colleen in the company of well-known artists such as Sarah McLaughlan and Mary Jane Lamond. Colleen has since released three independently produced CDs. Her award-winning debut, “Lucky You Are” in 2000 gained her a reputation as one of Canada’s finest songwriters. It was Reverb magazine’s number one album to buy for 2000. Three songs were featured in CTV’s “The Associates” and several tracks received extensive airplay on national and international radio stations. Following its release, in 2001, Colleen won Music NL Female and Alternative artist of the year and received three East Coast Music Award nominations. “Face and Eyes”, Colleen’s sophomore release won the Music NL 2004 Alternative Artist of the year and was named in the Halifax Chronicle Herald as one of Stephen Cooke’s Top Ten albums of 2005. “Na Na Song”, the first single, went to number one on the nationally syndicated East Coast Countdown. It also received three ECMA nominations and airplay on many radio stations worldwide. In 2005, Colleen appeared on CBC TV’s ECMA Songwriter Circle. In July 2006, Colleen released “Terre-Neuvienne”, her first full length French CD. She was chosen to take part in SACEF’s Serie Découvertes and she performed two shows live at the prestigious Place des Arts in Montreal in January 2007. Aucune Idée spent 10 weeks at number 4 and 5 weeks in the number 5 position in Radio-Canada Manitoba’s Top 20 countdown. Colleen performed on Radio-Canada TV’s Brio taped live in Moncton. Songs from “Terre-Neuvienne” continue to be played regularly on French radio stations from Halifax to France and the CD receives rave reviews throughout Francophonie. Colleen is currently recording her fourth CD, which will be her third English release. She also continues to tour in support of her first Francophone release and is writing songs for her sophomore French CD.

CV/Performance highlights

March 2008:
-Instructor, Songwriting workshops, 2008 Youth Cultural Conference, Carbonear Collegiate
-Presenter, Francophone influence in Newfoundland culture through song, Beachy Cove Elementary

January 2008: Instructor, Art Smarts Songwriting Workshops with three Pod Two groups, MacDonald Drive Elementary

December/January 2007/2008: Featured in 8th annual Feast of Cohen, Newfoundland artists sing songs of Leonard Cohen

November 2007
-Official showcase and featured in Songwriter Circle at FrancoFête en Acadie, Moncton, New Brunswick
-Lucky You Are #8 in Alan Doyle’s Top Ten Newfoundland and Labrador Albums of all time in Bob Mersereau’s Top 100 Canadian Albums book

October 2007
-Featured in CBC TV pilot: “The Perfect Day”, to be aired at a later date.
- Instructor, Atelier Chanson (songwriting workshop) French School Board: Grande Terre, Cape St. George

September 2007: Instructor, Atelier Chanson (songwriting workshop), Festival Jeunesse de l’Acadie, Laval High School, Placentia

August 2007 performed at Arts Under the Stars, Clarenville, NL

July 2007 Recorded demos of new material with Sandy Morris

June 2007
-Instructor, Atelier Chanson Jeux D’Olympiades Labrador City
-Released first French music video for Aucune idée produced and directed by Roger Maunder, screened at Nickel Independent Film Festival, submitted to MusiquePlus.

May 2007: Instructor, Atelier Chanson Jeux D’Olympiades St. John’s NL

April 2007: Featured performer on CBC Raising the Roof Pancake Breakfast, broadcast live on CBC Radio One

April 2007-present: Volunteer at CHMR FM; host Ici Pour Les Chansons, a weekly radio show featuring music by French singer/songwriters and bands

Jan 2007: Featured in two shows in SACEF’s Serie Découvertes, Place des Arts, Montreal, QC

Dec 2006
-Performed on Radio Canada TV’s Brio taped live in Moncton.
-Aucune Idée #4 on CBC Radio Canada Manitoba’s Top 20 (10 weeks)

October 2006: Instructor, Atelier Chanson, Festival du Vent, St. John’s NL

August 2006: NL Folk Festival; French and English songwriting workshops and main stage performance

July 2006: Launched Terre-Neuvienne, first Francophone CD

May 2006: released music video for Newfoundland Weather, screened at 2006 Nickel Festival and Flicker Film Festival, Los Angeles, Halifax and North Carolina, regular rotation on NTV.

April 2006
-Instructor, Songwriting 101 For Teachers, NLAC Year of the Arts, St. John’s
-Launched In the House Concerts.com, dedicated to Newfoundland artists who perform at private house concerts

February 2006
-Nominated for two 2006 ECMA awards, Female Artist of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year
-Composed and performed score and was music director for children’s film, White Balloon, directed by Roger Maunder, aired on

Lyrics

Taken Away By the fairies

Written By: Colleen Power

Seems light years ago
When just three feet I stood
My grandmother said,
"Go outside and be good
Keep on your mitts and
Stay out of the woods
Or you'll be taken away
By the fairies"

She turned around
I ran fast as I could
Off with the mitts
Straight into the woods
I ran so fast that
I tripped and I fell
And I woke in the land
Where the fairy folk dwell

The lump on my head
Was as big as a tree
I opened my eyes
To see what I could see
What I saw, I tell you
I'll never forget
A tiny green man
With a crown on his head

He said "Child you should listen
And do as you're told
Stay out of the woods
The damp and the cold
We are the ones
Who live under the trees"
Then more tiny green people
Appeared around me

The king raised his hand
And the rest stepped aside
He did approach
He looked straight through my eyes
He said "You are good, love
So I'll let you go
But you must promise me now
That no one will know"

So I thanked the fairies
For setting me free
I pulled myself up
With the branch of a tree
I shouldn't have gone
In the woods all alone
I brushed off my clothes
And I headed for home

Now I kept my secret
The years had passed
There's a man in my bed
And wine in my glass
And one fateful night
About quarter past ten
The king of the fairies
I saw him again

He said "I came here tonight
For this man in your bed
He has done nothing
For you that He's said
You kept your promise
So I have heard
But this man in your bed
Is not true to his word"

He said "Tie his arms down
Chain his legs up
We'll heave him away
Far out in the gut"
As his pitiful eyes
Turned away in the night
He was taken away
By the fairies

© Colleen Power/SOCAN 2000 P.O. Box 5332, Station C St. John's Newfoundland Canada A1C 5W2

Next Door Neighbour

Written By: Colleen Power

It's a nice enough day
To kill the next door neighbor
I was waiting until it
Warmed up a little bit outside
It would seem to me
I'm doin' the world a great big favor
I'll get thank-you letters
From neighbors far and wide

Could it be arsenic
And lemonade for breakfast
Now I know ten thousand rattlesnakes can't go wrong
'Cause it took a poison mind
To make me feel
That I'm not worth it
And ten thousand poison tears
To write this song
Ha ha ha
Ha ha ha

Well it's a good enough day
To get myself together
I've been beating around the bush
For long enough
And tonight I'll be feelin' retribution
And tomorrow it won't be
Half as rough

'Cause it's a nice enough day
To kill the next door neighbor
I was waitin' until it
Warmed up a little bit outside
It would seem to me
I'm doin' the world a great big favor
I'll get thank-you letters
From neighbors far and wide

And I won't feel sorry
That he died
Ha ha ha
Ha ha ha

© Colleen Power/SOCAN 2000 P.O. Box 5332, Station C St. John's Newfoundland Canada A1C 5W2

No Greater Queen

Written By: Colleen Power

Call me your highness
Give me it all
Mother of mothers
The belle of the ball
You don't need to think
It's not hard to decide
There's no greater Queen
Than the one by your side

Call me your highness
Queen of the damned
Give it all up for the love of a man
How many things can I watch you go through Do it to me, do it to you
'Cause no greater queen is worth doin' it to

Queen of the kitchen
Queen of the bar
Queen of the bedroom if that's where you are
Queen of the children
Queen of the men
Queen of the women you don't
understand
Queen of the eyes
I'm lookin' into
There's no greater queen
Than this queen of you

© Colleen Power/SOCAN 2000 P.O. Box 5332, Station C St. John's Newfoundland Canada A1C 5W2

Torbay Road

Written By: Colleen Power

Oh, Daphne
You got no good reason to explode
Oh, Daphne
Why do you live your life in isolation out on Torbay Road

‘Cause life is more than chesterfields
Mint green rugs and white high-heels
Friendship is something that you can’t control
Remember once I called you up to try and understand
Why you hate me bein’ friends with him and he’s not even your man

Oh, Daphne
How did you become so paranoid
Oh, Daphne
Whoever told you that girls can’t be friends with boys

‘Cause life is more than chesterfields
Mint green rugs and white high-heels
Jealousy will surely take its toll
Remember once I called you up I was tryin’ to be nice
And little did I know you’d place a curse upon my life

Oh, Daphne
You don’t like me or Nancy or Rose
Oh, Daphne
Why do you live your life in isolation out on Torbay Road

Copyright: Colleen Power/SOCAN Baygirl Music P.O. Box 5332, Station C St. John’s NL A1C 5W2

Face and Eyes In Love

Written By: Colleen Power

Here we are, we got this far
We’re well into week number two
And all that I can think about is you, you, you
I’m sitting at the table and I’m staring into space
You only left ten minutes ago
And I’m dyin’ to see your face

Chorus

Oh, love is new
I’m face and eyes into you
Oh, love is here
I’ll be face and eyes into you
For years and years

Now I am beside myself
We made it past week number three
And all you say you think about is me, me, me
My love you are the one I wanted all along I know
And you don’t got nothin’ to worry about
Should it cross your mind I would go

Chorus

And I wasn’t lookin’
The last thing I expected was to be face and eyes in love

Chorus

Copyright: Colleen Power/SOCAN Baygirl Music P.O. Box 5332, Station C St. John’s NL A1C 5W2

Amphibian

Written By: Colleen Power

Don't smoke around the baby
'Cause that's not fair to him
Sometimes we get so friggin' lazy
In our baby soft skin
What have we become
It's no surprise they say we came from pond scum
We came in with a big bang
We might as well go out with one

The government is a hard case
Life is on the skids
They built a fence to keep the kids out of the tar pond
They can't keep the tar pond out of the kids

And we're lyin' around on the couch with a mouthful of cheesies
We're easily sucked in to a talk show catfight
two jewelry-clad mad women who want their dead ex-husband's money

More dead fish
More dead frogs found in Antigonish
This harsh world we live in
Is no place to go raisin' an amphibian

Don't smoke around the baby
'Cause that's not fair to him
Sometimes we get so friggin' lazy
In our baby soft skin
What have we become
It's no surprise they say we came from pond scum
We came in with a big bang
We might as well go out with one

Taken Away By the Fairies

Written By: Colleen Power

It seems light years ago
When just three feet I stood
My grandmother said
Go outside and be good
Keep on your mitts
And stay out of the woods
Or you'll be taken away by the fairies

She turned around
I ran fast as I could
Off with the mitts
Straight into the woods
I ran so fast that I tripped and I fell
And woke in the land
Where the fairy folk dwell

The lump on my head
Was as big as a tree
I opened my eyes
To see what I could see
What I saw I tell you
I'll never forget
A tiny green man
With a crown on his head

He said child you should listen
And do as you're told
Stay out of the woods
The damp and the cold
We are the ones
Who live under the trees
Then more tiny green people
Appeared around me

The king raised his hand
And the rest stepped aside
He did approach
He looked straight through my eyes
He said you are good love
So I'll let you go
But you must promise me now
That noone will know

So I thanked the fairies
For setting me free
And I pulled myself up
With the branch of a tree
I shouldn't have gone
In the woods all alone
I brushed off my clothes and headed for home

Now I kept my secret
The years had passed
There's a man in my bed
And wine in my glass
One fateful night
Around quarter past ten
The king of the fairies
I saw him again

He said I came here tonight
For this man in your bed
He has done nothing
For you that he's said
You kept your promise
So I have heard
But this man in your bed
Is not true to his word

He said tie his arms down
Chain his legs up
We'll heave him away
Far out in the gut
As his pitiful eyes
Turned away in the night
He was taken away by the fairies
Taken away by the fairies

Discography

CD: Lucky You Are, 2000
CD: Face and Eyes, 2004
CD: Terre-Neuvienne, 2006

Set List

Colleen Power plays songs from her repertoire of over one hundred original songs. Typically, a show involves two forty-five minute sets. Colleen can perform a complete show in English or French or a combination of both.