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"Chase a dream that seems so out of reach and you know it might not ever come your way- Dream anyway"
Tennessee Singer Songwriter Colleen Laylon grew up in a Musical and Proud Military family, the oldest of two children, she has been singing, writing and performing for as long as she can remember. Both her Grandfathers served in WWII, Pappy Glenn (Bony) in the Army and her Pappy Ernie in the Navy. Her deceased biological Father Robert Stevens, proudly served in the Marines stationed in Okinowa, Japan for much of his tour of duty and in the Merchant Marines in Alaska. Her Step Father of 26 years, Walter Braunbeck, who she affectionately calls Dad, proudly served 22 years in the Navy prior to retiring as a Sr. Chief Petty Officer. His fondest memories are tours spent on the USS Duxbury Bay, USS Davis, USS Blandy, USS Barry, USS Normandy, and the USS Norfolk. He has proudly shared many of these wonderful and sometimes painful memories with Colleen over the years. Colleen is very proud to announce her youngest son Jacob wasted no time in fulfilling his childhood dream, to become a soldier and follow in the footsteps of his Grandfathers, many uncles and cousins. On the very day of his 18th Birthday he signed with the US Marines Infantry division. He is currently in basic training and graduates in November. Her Step Brother Bill also proudly retired from the Air force. Colleen’s Twin Nineteen year old Cousin's- Donny and Danny are currently serving in the Army and both have served duties in Iraq.
Colleen began writing poetry in her early teens and wrote her first song at the age of 15. "Writing is great therapy for the soul," she explains. She loves photography and listening to various genres of music, but what really drives this country girl is writing, singing, and performing. Colleen married a Building Contractor at the of age 21. She continued to sing and perform in church, weddings, funerals, clubs and festivals whenever she could in her home state of Pennsylvania. Ten years and four kids later she found herself experiencing a devastating divorce. Colleen focused the next ten years on raising her children as a single Mom, and singing in various church choirs, private events, weddings and funerals. Colleen has written more than 100 songs. Colleen has worked with several Publishers and had many single song Contracts most notably with Aim High Music and hit songwriter~CHARLIE CRAIG writer of numerous Major Cuts including Alan Jackson's song-"Wanted!" Lots of New Cuts and New Songs are in the works for 2010, so please drop by again!
Numerous Independent Artists have recorded her songs. You can have a listen and Colleen encourages you to visit their individual web sites.
~VICTORA BOLAND and ANDREW RUDD
Victoria recorded Colleen's songs-"Forgotten Lullabies"- the first featured Country song on ~Unionbay Clothing Designer Website and Original 1 Song Video, on Fame Street! Victoria also recorded Colleen's song "Mem'ries of the Night" on her debut CD-All Women Girl! Larry Delaney of Canada's Country Music News ranked this debut album one of the 12 best released by Canadian country artists in 2001! Victoria won the Canadian Open 1st place winner adult division 2005 (Canada's version of American Idol) Victoria toured England with members of Elton John's band~The Rust Brothers, performing Colleen's songs and they hailed "Forgotten Lullabies" as the perfect country song! Victoria sung to a standing ovation from an audience of 18,000 at a Shania Twain concert in 1999 & sung to 16,000 at Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee in 2003! Today Victoria is an international entertainer whose versatility as a vocalist and performer continues to attract interest from various areas of show business and the music industry!Her other half Andrew is an Award Winning Aussy Guitar Player! *Wow* what a winning combination.
~JOEY PEARSON Joey recorded Colleen's song- "Clinging To A Suitcase", at the tender age of nine, on his Debut CD-Something To Say, and performed it on talk show host Jenny Jones nationally televised talented kids special Christmas show, broadcast to more then 7 Million viewers, which you can watch at YouTube. Joey was a semi-finalist on the renewed United States nationally-syndicated talent show, Star Search, starring Arsenio Hall, performed at Universal Studios in Hollywood, The Del Mar Fair located in San Diego, and performed twice at the famed House of Blues in Hollywood, CA, among other venues. He also earned awards from Ed McMahon's Next Big Star internet contest, a KidsTalk Young Achievers Award and a Billy Gilman Billyheads Rising Star Award!
Joey is even more fabulous today! To see one of his most recent performances check out one of his latest videos on You Tube. Please be sure to consider purchasing Joey's recent re-release of Colleen's song"Clinging To A Suitcase"!
Something To Say CD
Travis Lane Miller has opened acts for several major artists, including- Johnny Paycheck,Neil McCoy,Chely Wright , Web Wilder, Foghat, Black Oak Arkansas, David Ball, Earl Thomas Connelly, The Bama Band and more! Travis was awarded Male vocalist of the year 2000 Southeastern region of Kentucky, He was Runner up in nationwide songwriting contest advertised by CMT by Embassy music. Travis performed at the Kentucky State Fair 2000, and is a Kentucky State Fiddle Champion. Travis has appeared in the following Music Videos-Brad and Shelly “Don’t make me come in there”, Nashville Star winner Brad Cotter, “I meant to” and, Music video “Country Mile! Travis is an Awesome Artist and Cowriter~ Travis and Colleen have written several gems together including Real Tears, and a more up-tempo version of Raggedy Ann.
More Exciting Artist Recordings in the making and News to be released soon, in the mean time check out! Colleen's-
NEWEST RECORDING ARTISTS
~JASMINE ZERVAS Previously signed to a Major Label this gal can SING and she sings out praises to the Lord like an Angel! Give a listen to her cuts of Dusty Bible, The Angels and Mistletoe From Heaven and be watching for Jasmine's new CD, as Jasmine has recently signed to Independent Christian Label- Heart Song! Here's what others are saying about JASMINE- "You know what? I got something different and new for ya, this is my new guest "Jasmine", sit back and enjoy these awesome vocals out, ya'll. She is doin' it!"
-The Shea Show Woods, The Shea Show
"Jasmine has a great voice, I'd love to work with her!"-Mark Dreyer, TMT Television and Video Production"Beautiful voice, just beautiful!"Jason Meadows, Nashville Star Finalist
April is currently recording several of Colleen's Christian Songs including "To Heaven From Me"!
APRIL'S MUSIC PLAYED IN 200 GLOBAL RADIO MARKETS" April was the headlining act on the south Texas Hip Hop circuit (2004-2006); April worked with a Producer from San Francisco (2006-2008); number 1 song with "Closer" on Clear Channel's NEW! Discover charts (2007-2008); April's track "Can't Let Go Tagalog" ranked 24th best song of 2007 by the Kick Radio Show (2008); "Missing Me" was the number 1 listener requested song on the syndicated Timeless Classics/Jammin' FM radio network for 8 straight weeks (2008); and a company that provides music to 4000 retail establishments in Europe via satellite added April's music to their programming (2008). Watch out World April plans to Bless you Big with her new career direction to explore the Christian Genre and glorify God!
Breanna Abel, ~DONNA FROST, Breanne Nelson, ~VALERIE LYNN MCCLENDON and many others have also performed and recorded Colleen's songs.
Don't Turn Out The Light originally demoed by Major Artist~ Lance Miller was cut by Norwegian Country artist B. Thomas and produced by ~LONNIE RATLIFF whose credits include- Erin Hay -Working on Erin's 4th. CD Dick Damron - Dick is a member of the CCMA Hall of Honour Ernie Ashworth (Grand Ole Opry Star) THORNBIRDS (Critically acclaimed Nashville Country Trio) Kenny Chesney (Demo) Song in Hollywood Movie "Trixie"- Produced by Robert Altman - Starring Nick Nolte, Emily Watson & Nathan Lane Ken Johnson (Texas Artist) Britni Hendrickson Female Vocalist of the year with the Oklahoma CMA Garth Brooks (Demo) Brent McAthey (Alberta Canada Artist) Nominated for Alberta Country Album of the Year Sharon Beavers (Song nominated for Kentucky State Song 1994) Jack Greene (Grand Ole Opry Star) Ron Wayne Atwood (Pennsylvania Country Artist) Working on Ron Wayne's second CD Susie Hopman (California Artist) Tara Lyn Hart (Signed to Sony Records)
Colleen was very fortunate to secure her first Major Hold with her stunning Christmas story Song~ Mistletoe From Heaven with Major Artist Billy Gilman. Ultimately his Producer decided it was too contemporary for the rest of the Traditional Christmas songs included on his debut Christmas CD but reading about it during his interview on CMT, where he made mention of her song, really motivated her to realize she is following God's purpose for her life.
Her recent original songs reflect the heart and soul of what she loves most, Christian Country music. Her original writing closely resembles Gretchen Peters, heart wrenching story telling style.
"I have no regrets about not being able to follow my heart and my musical ambitions while raising my family." God's timing is everything." Colleen continues, "At times I felt like a lost sheep though, hearing God's calling and encouraging me to focus on using my gifts as often as I could but never being in a position to actually do so. I feel in my heart, we are truly closest to God's purpose for our life, when we are pursuing our natural God given talents and I'm am so grateful that I am now able to listen to His calling."
In 2006, Colleen relocated to Tennessee to pursue her dreams and God's calling full time after going through another devastating personal experience and a bitter custody battle over her youngest child she says- "Things are coming together as God intended and I absolutely love what I'm doing! I'm grateful that God's plan for me still includes writing, singing and performing! It is amazing how He continues to use what I love to do for His purpose. It's truly a blessing. I believe that we are each assigned a gift or special talent from the moment we are Saved by God's Amazing Grace and when we use our gift for God's true purpose for our life, He is glorified."
Colleen songs will really tug at your heart strings. Inspired by true to life experiences, some good and some not so good. This country Singer/Songwriter writes songs that truly capture the human spirit - ones dreams, drama, and heartache.
Country, Christian, Alternative Country
My number one influence is God! I am so thankful for his grace and this blessed gift he has given me!
Singer/Songwriter-Gretchen Peters has definitely been an inspiration for Colleen's story telling style. There are so many Artists and songwriters over the years that have helped with molding and building the foundation for Colleen's writing-Dolly, Matraca Berg, Diane Warren, Alan Jackson, Charlie Craig, Willy Nelson, Martina Mcbride, Reba, Loretta Lynn and the list could go on forever!
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