Artist Bio & Press Kit
Sometimes Eye-Twinkles Need Recharging:
Colette O'Connor is a New England-based singer, storyteller, and skilled acoustic guitarist “…like re-discovering the hey-day of classic singer-songwriter.” – Pulse Magazine, CD of the Year. Her voice has a rich Joni Mitchell quality and the strength of Melissa Etheridge. O'Connor's music is a refreshing surprise that encourages listeners to relax, while re-charging eye-twinkles with an adventurous sense of fun.
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 understand that creating magic takes dedication. 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 household, family, and partner with Multiple Myeloma, has gifted her performances confidence and positivism. Now a full-time performing Singer-songwriter with two album releases, O'Connor has been touring/traveling with 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" selected for recording at WERS Radio Studios, Emerson College, Boston, has, to date, been also selected for inclusion in two inspiring album compilations and multiple events: MUSICIANS FOR BOSTON STRONG Fundraising CD, sponsored by Emerson Collage; and Greg Brasso’s upcoming Veteran’s Awareness CD Project, WATD FM, Marshfield.
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 2016 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/
Colette O’Connor has made her debut as “Frances Perkins” the first U.S. Woman Cabinet Member, in the Nationally acclaimed Women’s History Musical Play: “We Did It For You” that is currently in residence at The Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham and that will be performed on Women’s Equality Day, August 26th in the Great Hall Performance Stage of Bostons’ Historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Working to Heal, Inspire, and Encourage:
As a mother, Colette O'Connor's performances encourage everyone but 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" segments.
"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.
"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