Music Clip of the Month/ 02-12

Colleen Brown's "Baby Blue Eyes" (2011)

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

Colleen Brown will perform at the
Winspear Centre on April 2, 2012, as part
of 'Mayor's Celebration of the Arts.'
"THE idea for the song was planted while I was working the beer tub at the Atlantic Trap & Gill," admitted local singer-songwriter Colleen Brown, referring to "Baby Blues Eyes," from her third full-length album Dirt (2011). "I was watching a mass of people around the dance floor to the song "Brown Eyed Girl" and thought, 'Geez! I'd love for people to get that excited about one of my songs.'

"I was thinking about what it was that was so powerful about the song," she continued. "Maybe how universal it is. Around the same time I was wrestling with an on/off relationship that seemed perhaps better left to a strictly dancing state. A blue-eyed boy...."

Last October Brown launched Dirt at St. Albert's Arden Theatre, alongside a 10-piece band and CBC cameras. The 13-song folk-pop set inspired enthusiastic reviews coast to coast, garnering her national buzz, regional awards & accolades (including the Harvard Broadcasting/New Music West 2011 Songwriting Award for "Fight! Fight! Fight!"), and justified comparisons to the likes of Joni Mitchell, Carole King, and Edmonton-born k.d. lang. Not too shabby!

Below is a clip of Brown's "Baby Blue Eyes," recorded at CBC Toronto's Studio 210, as part of a Drive session. "I Heart" would also like to congratulate Brown on her five nods at the upcoming 2012 Edmonton Music Awards (April 28), including Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (Dirt), and the People's Choice Award. Good luck, Colleen!

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