In the early nineteen-nineties, Colleen Power was getting bored with
the university courses she was taking at Memorial University in St.
John's, Newfoundland, so she answered a bulletin board posting for a
Although Colleen had sung in the church choir at home "around
the bay" in Freshwater, Placentia, she'd never played with a band
or performed on stage before. On a hunch, she answered the call and
spent the next year practising with Girl Drink Drunk, but she got bored
with playing in the basement and started singing on her own in bars,
debuting a cappella at the venerable Ship Inn on Solomon's Lane in St.
In 1995, Power moved to Hamilton, Ontario with her six-year-old
daughter Robyn, to pursue a career in music. While living in Hamilton,
Colleen met a lot of musicians and made plenty of contacts as she got
acquainted with "the music industry". She recorded demos at
Grant Avenue Studio, played at bars and in festivals around Hamilton and
Toronto and had a song included on a Hamilton Music Scene compilation.
After a couple of years, Power had become homesick and headed home to
Newfoundland. She set up in St. John's, a city alive with musical and
artistic character, and picked up where she left off, singing solo and
back up in the bars of St. John's.
She developed a friendship with singer/songwriter Ron Hynes, whom she
describes as one of her early heroes, and regularly sang with Hynes
around town and at festivals.
During this period, people started to notice Power's talent as a singer
and she found her way onto several compilation CDs.
In 1998, Power formed the Colleen Power Band and started getting
ready to record a full-length album of original material. The Colleen
Power Band played numerous shows during the next year and a half
throughout Newfoundland and the French islands of St. Pierre et
Miquelon. All the while, Power continued to perform solo around town,
opening shows and singing backup for local artists including Ron Hynes,
Dog Meat Barbecue, Jim Fidler, Buddajuke and Skank.
In the summer of 1999, she teamed up with Liz Pickard, Natalie
Noseworthy and Angela Dawe to form Live Girlz, a quartet of women who
regularly play in other bands.
By October 1999, she was ready to record. Colleen spent the next year
recording fifteen of her songs at Fat Tracks in St. John's with Don
Ellis. In her travels over the past few years, she had met and played
with many of Newfoundland's finest musicians and when the time came to
record, she called around to see who would be available to work on the
album. She ended up with more than thirty musicians contributing to the
finished product. Lucky You Are was released in St. John's in September
2000 and in October, Power set out on the road to promote the album.
Her self-directed, independent tour has included performances in
Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Ontario and in and
around Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. The first single,
"Mommy's Boy" has received radio airplay regionally and
nationally and the video for the second single "Happy
Girlfriend" has been featured on Much Music's programs Much East
and Going Coastal. The video also airs regularly on Newfoundland
Several other songs from the album are receiving frequent airplay on
radio stations across Newfoundland and have been picked up by WERS in
Boston. Three songs from Lucky You Are were used in the television
series The Associates airing on CTV.
Power was also featured in Showcase, a column in Canadian Musician
Magazine dedicated to unsigned Canadian artists.
Colleen Power is a strong songwriter whose music appeals to anyone
with an ear for interesting musical arrangements and clever lyrics. Her
dynamic stage presence never fails to engage an audience as they are
inevitably drawn in to the stories she weaves with her songs and the
characters who populate her world.
You can catch one of Colleen's upcoming performances:
THURSDAY, MAY 23
Mile One Stadium
"Night 2 - A Second Anniversary
of Mile One Stadium"
St. John's, NF
SATURDAY, MAY 25
FRIDAY, JUNE 28
"Tonight's The Night -
A Tribute to Neil Young"
St. John's, NF
SATURDAY, JUNE 29
Red Shoe Pub
Mabou, Cape Breton
Stan Rogers Folk Festival
You can also listen to Colleen's music and check out one of her
videos at www.colleenpower.com