“soulful, powerful, straight from the heart” -Monica Younge, Indie Music Reviews
Coles Whalen knows how to jumpstart a music career, literally. After independently releasing an EP in 2005, she bought a pick-up truck and camper and never looked back. In the next 12 months, she played over 150 venues across the western U.S. and was able to release her follow up, full-length record Gee Baby, in February of 2006.
Steppin’ Out Magazine said of the release “Whalen’s voice has more than enough power to carry a rock anthem, but she prefers to use that power to sustain her gentler, more pensive moments. Her pitch and articulation - vocal and instrumental - are flawless.” Whalen sold more than 10,000 records in the U.S. and Canada straight out of the back of her truck.
In 2007 Whalen released her third solo project, Nothing is Too Much and parked the camper for good. Forming a new band in her hometown of Denver, CO, she opened for Paula Cole, The John Butler Trio, Rufus Wainwright, Melissa Ferrick and Reckless Kelley among others. Ricardo Baca, Pop Music Critic for The Denver Post wrote “Whalen delivers an absolutely great show, she left a lasting impression on me.”
Whalen is not only making waves in the U.S! She and her band were declared the winners of Akon’s HitLab.com Showcase in Montreal, Quebec Canada 2009. The Whistle Stop Road Record, presented by HitLab.com, will be Whalen’s fourth solo release and will hit stores in Fall 2009!
While on tour to support this record, Whalen will take a few weeks off to be in the studio with producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson) and Akon working on her fifth full - length release, expected to hit the airwaves in Jan of 2010.