Coles Whalen hits the road and gets set to release new CD at the famed SxSW

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:: Coles Whalen :: Soiled Dove :: March 4 ::
::  The Fox Theatre :: March 24 ::
:: The Aggie Theater :: March 25 :: 

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By Tiffany Childs

 After two years of touring across the country in a truck and camper, Coles Whalen decided she wanted a hometown to return to. Lucky for Colorado, she chose Denver.

Coles grew up in music. She began performing in front of audiences at the age of seven and never looked back. Performing mostly jazz, Whalen ended up with a scholarship to the vocal jazz program at the University of Southern California her freshman year.

She didn’t stay in jazz for long. While Coles told The Marquee in a recent interview, that she appreciated the training in that program, she switched the following year to a music industry business curriculum. “I felt that there was more inside of me than singing other people’s songs,” said Whalen. Indeed there was.

Coles started a rock band during that time – called Whalen, a band that enjoyed residency at the famed Viper Room — but Coles eventually broke up the band out of creative frustration. She wasn’t playing her guitar and she felt that her voice, which is suited for an intimate setting, was being lost in the noise.

“I kind of just went underground and regrouped,” Whalen said. She came out with a folksy, acoustic album and decided to take it on tour. In Whalen’s opinion, “Nothing makes you better than being in front of an audience.”

After more than 200 performances, Coles finally stopped to record a second album. As part of her loyalty to locals, Coles has partnered with  local company Mania TV to do a show that will air in April about what happens to a single girl on the road as a musician. The filming of those episodes will kick off at the Soiled Dove. A camera crew will follow Whalen throughout the West Coast tour that ends with a grand finale at South by Southwest.

This is Whalen’s first appearance at South by Southwest and she’ll be doing it in style. Not only will she have the film crew, her CD — Nothing is too Much — is scheduled to be released there and her label, Iconic Records, will feature her in a showcase.

She plans on having a Denver CD release party upon her return from the road.

 

:: Coles Whalen ::

:: Soiled Dove :: March 4 ::

::  The Fox Theatre :: March 24 ::

:: The Aggie Theater :: March 25 ::

 

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