COLLEEN LAYLON Christian/Country Singer Songwriter
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Official Christian Songwriter for Porch-Lite Group, and Independent Christian Label-Heart Song!!! Founder and President Harold Fouch had this to say about Colleen,"One of the Most Talented Songwriters of Today"!
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 Pappy Ernie in the Navy. Her deceased Father Robert Stevens, 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 calls Dad, served 22 years in the Navy prior to retiring as a Sr. Chief Petty Officer. Her son Jacob is a brave Marine. Step Brother Bill retired from the Air force. Colleen’s Twin Nineteen year old Cousin's- are serving in the Army.
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!" Colleen is currently working with an established Nashville Song Plugger!
Numerous Independent Artists have recorded her songs including-
~VICTORA BOLAND and ANDREW RUDD~
Victoria recorded Colleen's songs-"Forgotten Lullabies" and "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, performing Colleen's songs! She 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 recorded Colleen's song- "Clinging To A Suitcase", on his Debut CD at the tender age of nine, 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-~THEN~~
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 YouTube. ~NOW~~
Please be sure to catch Joey's recent re-release of Colleen's song"Clinging To A Suitcase"!
~TRAVIS LANE MILLER~
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.
More Exciting Artist Recordings in the making and News to be released soon, in the mean time check out!
Colleen's NEWEST RECORDING ARTISTS
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 San Francisco Producer (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-
B. Thomas from Norway traveled all the way to music row, to record Colleen's song Don't Turn Out The Light, with top notch Nashville Record Producer- ~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"-
Colleen was very fortunate to secure her first Major Hold with her Christmas Song~ Mistletoe From Heaven with Major Artist Billy Gilman.
Ultimately his Producer decided it was too contemporary!
Starting over as of July, 2007. Some poor Jealous Soul hacked into Colleen's Sound Click band page and deleted everything-all songs, Top chart standings, including numerous #1 songs, radio stations, thousands of messages etc. It sure hit Colleen right through the heart since she's been here since 2001. But Life goes on and so does the music. Thanks for all your support over the years.
Have you performed in front of an audience?
Colleen continues to sing and perform when time permits, but her main focus is her blessed gift for songwriting.
Your musical influences
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 building the foundation for Colleen's writing-Dolly, Matraca Berg, Diane Warren, Alan Jackson, Charlie Craig, Willy Nelson, Martina Mcbride, Reba, Loretta etc......
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