Artist Bio & Press Kit
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Sometimes Eye-Twinkles Need Recharging
Singer-songwriter, Colette O'Connor, from Halifax, MA., performs acoustic guitar/vocal originals that encourage thoughtful dialogue about who we are, what we stand for, and, sometimes to inspire our inner-child to re-emerge, just for fun. Her philosophy is “every eye-twinkle can use an occasional recharge.” She inspires audiences from New England to Nebraska. Most deeply, O’Connor’s artistry in music is a gentle invitation to empower a sense of greater connection to all life.
Her voice is reminiscent of Natalie Merchant. Audiences are invited to hear honesty, tinged with gentle humor—like a conversation between Bette Midler and Joni Mitchell, over organic coffee. There is a timeless style here that melds genres, from jazzy-blues to Americana/folk, woven together by self-taught guitar, influenced by Atkins, Harrison, Cotton, and Watson.
Born on San Diego Naval Base in California, Colette came to Massachusetts after her father's tour of duty was over and the family moved back home to start an organic farm in Plympton MA. Influenced by two coasts, O'Connor's music is a delightful blend of sunshine, kindness, philosophy, and fun New England wit.
Most of her adult life was spent raising four amazing children to be independent thinkers, and because she used storytelling, creative play, and lots of museum field trips, they also believe in magic. It was raising four children that helped flavor her music with witty philosophical wisdom; mixed with a touch of fun.
Overcoming hearing loss and the impacts of a neurological disorder while supporting her family, household, and partner with Multiple Myeloma, has gifted her performances confidence and positivism.
Now a full-time performing Singer-songwriter, O'Connor has been touring/traveling and performing her music since 2012 and has become regularly featured, in live concerts, community radio and television from New England to Nebraska.
Her song "Rising UP" was selected for recording at WERS Radio Studios, Emerson College, Boston, for inclusion in their BOSTON STRONG Fundraising CD compilation "Musicians for Boston Strong." Colette opened the "Rising UP" Boston Strong Fundraising event at Johhny D's in Somerville, and was included in the Boston Common Musician's Stroll Event, also sponsoring Boston Strong.
O'Connor's second album "I Think I Am" was named top among the 15 of 2016 by NPR station WICN FM 90.5, Worcester, by Nick Noble, host of the popular Thursday night, "The Folk Revival", and nominated for Best CD 2017 Award at Worcester Music Awards, by Pulse Magazine.
Colette has recently made her debut as a composer of neoclassical orchestral music.
To combat war, with music, Colette works as an emissary/organizer for Musician's without Borders and coordinates "World World Music Day" concert/fundraising events on their behalf. Learn more about this artist's mission here: https://www.musicianswithoutborders.org/2017/04/introducing-wwmd-participants-colette-oconnor/
Working to Heal, Inspire, and Encourage:
While O'Connor's performances encourage everyone, behind the scenes Colette is a strong supporter of women in music. She publishes, online, Women Singer Songwriter Magazine as a supplemental resource for up and coming women/trans musicians. She hosts a similarly centered monthly radio segment "Notes from New England" as a reporter of women's music and stories on "The Wimmin's Show" broadcast on KZUM FM-HD 89.3, Lincoln Nebraska.
As producer/host of Colette's Spotlight, Ccctv, Dennisoort MA, she interviews and showcases other talented singer songwriters. She does the same, as co-host on Ecat TV's program "For the Love of Words" in Easton, MA, as well as for RPX Radio program "Studio Session Live" produced by Bob Crownfield.
"I dislike genres but would call this contemporary acoustic folk/Americana touched with philosophy, heart, and a sparkling wit. " - Nick Noble, host of "The Folk Revival" on NPR station WICN FM, Worcester.
"You can hear so many greats influencing her music, and the result is beautifully unique." -Deb Andersen, host of "The Wimmin's Show" KZUM FM, Lincoln NE.
Artist Insight: A bit O' Personal History
"Dad played a four string Harmony tenor guitar that he rescued from the rubbish, I can't remember if it was on or just near his Navy barracks, but I do remember he said it only had one string. He taught himself to play it anyways! Ten years later, Sister Margaret told me I couldn't be in the school talent show because I didn't play an instrument, so I went home and borrowed dad's guitar from under his bed. It had all its strings by then, and it's been an amazing inspiration ever sense. There's been a lot of time spent searching for the right chords, words and feelings to fit each original song, and I've come quite a long way to share them with you here. I never meant to be a performing singer songwriter but, as it has been a true calling of love, it became completely unavoidable!" -Smiles, Colette