Colleen Power is a singer/songwriter, performer and broadcaster living in St. John’s, Newfoundland. She is a prolific and creative force in the Newfoundland and Labrador music scene. Always engaging, Colleen comfortably embraces multiple musical styles in both French and English, with lyrics ranging from heartfelt to comedic, political to personal. She is often a Newfoundland ambassador at Francophone festivals and events in Canada, and has released two full-length French albums.
As a broadcaster, Colleen has been featuring local and touring Artists on her show, the Colleen Power Hour on CHMR FM for the past nine years. In 2019 she was awarded the Music NL Media Person of the Year Award.
The Freshwater, Placentia Bay native got a solid start in the music scene with her vocal performance of "Mary Got a Baby" on 11:11 - Newfoundland Women Sing Songs of Ron and Connie Hynes in 1997. The recording later appeared on several other compilations.
Colleen’s debut recording, Lucky You Arein 2000 quickly showed that she is one of Canada’s finest songwriters. It was Reverb magazine’s number one album to buy in Atlantic Canada for 2000. Three songs were featured in CTV’s “The Associates” and several tracks received extensive airplay on national and international radio stations. In 2001, Colleen won Music NL Female and Alternative artist of the year and received three East Coast Music Award nominations. The recording was named one of the top ten Newfoundland albums of all time by Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea in The Top 100 Canadian Albums,written by Bob Mersereau.
Colleen’s sophomore release, Face and Eyeswon the Music Newfoundland and Labrador 2004 Alternative Artist of the year, received three 2005 ECMA nominations. It 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.
In July 2006, Colleen released Terre-Neuvienne, her first full length French CD. She was chosen to represent Atlantic Canada in SACEF’s Serie Découvertes at the prestigious Place des Arts in Montreal in January 2007. The first single, "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's fourth CD, Rejects, a collection of weird and humorous songs won her MusicNL Alternative Artist of the Year in November, 2009. Videos for “New Townie Man”, “Dead Bird in the Garbage” and “Sketchy Jerome” have become youtube phenomena.
In December 2009, Colleen was named Maritime Artist of the Year at Montreal’s 'Rendez-vous de la Chanson Vivante', an exclusively Francophone Emerging songwriter showcase.
In August, 2010, Colleen teamed up with the ECMA Award-winning Newfoundland bluegrass band, Crooked Stovepipe to record a children's bluegrass CD, For Little Ones. The CD includes bluegrass versions of children’s favorites, Colleen’s original songs for little ones and songs by Tommy Sands, Ron Hynes, Malvina Reynolds and Aneirin Thomas. The album won MusicNL 2011 Female Artist of the year, and she shares the award with Crooked stovepipe. For Little Ones was also nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award.
In Spring 2013, Colleen introduced Le Bonheur Domestique, her second full-length French release and seventh studio album. Like her other albums, the CD features many talented Newfoundland musicians. She reached number one in the top ten at CIVR in Yellowknife with “Heureuse pas Riche", her second release from the album. The first single, “Mes Électroménagers” reached number 1 on CKRA in Quebec City. The album was number 8 on Can-Rock’s top ten Francophone albums of 2013. Colleen showcased to rave reviews at the 17th Edition of Francofête en Acadie in November, 2013. She was the only Newfoundlander/ Labradorian to showcase at the International Acadian Congress in August 2014 In Edmunston New Brunswick, its first time in Canada.
Colleen also enjoys performing in The Sauce, alongside Newfoundland rock pioneer, Liz Solo, with Mike Kean. MCP is a another of Colleen's projects, along with Singer/Songwriter Neil Conway. Both projects have released well-received recordings and videos.
With multiple awards, a breadth of experience and extensive song catalogue, Colleen Power is going strong since her 2017 studio album, Raised on This, a collection of traditional Irish, Newfoundland and Celtic songs that are close to Colleen’s heart. She was the only Newfoundlander/Labradorian featured on CBC Radio Canada’s “5 Degrés”, a one-hour television program about Atlantic-Canadian Francophone Artists, which aired in March 2020. She is often commissioned by CBC Radio One NL to write satirical songs about current events. Colleen and her band are currently recording a new album to be released in Winter 2020.