Colleen McFarland: Home
Hey there, welcome to my Homepage, so glad you stopped by!
I moved to Norway from Nashville in August of 2012, and had twin girls on October 18, 2012. They are the joy of my life, but a helluva lot of work too. I never expected the hardest job I'd ever have was being a mom. My partner in crime, babies, and music, J.P. (a Norwegian to boot) and I just started recording a new batch of songs in the studio with producer/musician extraordinaire Trond Nagell Dahl. They're mostly ballads, but we are thrilled with the new sound and vibe!
Here's a summary of what's happened in the last couple of years music-wise:
J.P. and I licensed 4 original songs to Washington Street Publishing in Nashville, and we also have a new website called OurSongsRadio.com, featuring our original songs (natch) and also several co-writes with superb hitmakers and well known artists including David Olney, John Hadley, Dave Gibson, Billy Falcon, Rodney Lawson, John Mattick, Tom Gould, Tom Ege, Henning Hartung, Morten Andreas Raddum, Johnny Rose, Phil Hart, Trinity James, Mare Wakefield, Mark Allen, and more.
We had a great time performing with songwriters Monika Nordli and Steinar Albrigtsen, twice to sold-out shows, and added a few of our own sold-out shows with our blues and soul band, Kicking Stars, and also enjoyed hosting our Norwegian festival 'From Nashville To Norway' in September of 2011 which featured performances by Reeves Gabrels, David Olney and Sergio Webb, Jan Tore Øverstad, Dave Gibson and Daisy Dern, Benedikte Narum and Jon Anders Narum, Arild Steinsrud, Monika Nordli and Steinar Albrigtsen, Nils H. Mœhlum, Reckless Johnny Wales, and Harry Sagstuen.
I also had a great time being part of the 'Nashville Unleashed' live broadcast at Loew's Vanderbilt Hotel, and at The Lodge at Copperhead in Georgia with dear friends and hosts Jack and Diane Untz before moving to Norway.
In February of 2012 I hosted my own songwriters night at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville with Jan Petter Ringvold, Park Chisholm and Whit Hill, and also had fun hosting rounds at Hotel Indigo, sponsored by Voyage Air Guitar.
My last show in Nashville was with J.P, and my band Kicking Stars at our favorite local spot in East Nashville 'The Family Wash', and we had an absolute blast!
J.P. and I have performed quite a few shows together acoustically here in Norway in the last year, including the Grand Opening of Amfi in Raufoss, and one of my favorites, Annexstad, a beautiful, rustic, historical bed and breakfast, where we played for a 'julebord' (Christmas table) and ate some of the best Norwegian food I've tasted!
Many blessings to you for a joyous 2015!
with gratitude, Colleen
"Colleen McFarland hollows out the hurts of lost love with a GRITTY REALISM and encapsulates SOLID SONGWRITING that is all her own.." American Songwriter
"with a voice reminiscent of Emmylou Harris, McFarland has the ability to alternately soothingly sing and growl a menacing blues number and offer lilting pop..A REFRESHINGLY ORIGINAL VOICE and TALENT.." Performing Songwriter
"..her smoky alto drips with inner strength and sensuality. A COMPELLING mix of dreamy imagery and DIRECT EMOTION." Nashville Scene