THE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN
21 Questions with Graham Colton
by GRAHAM COLTON
28 May 2011
Please explain what just
Describe a typical work
If you could have only
one album to get you through a breakup, what would it be?
What are three websites—other than your email—that you check on a daily basis?
Earl Glenn Blogspot- My
brother Garrett’s blog based in LA.
If you could relive one
moment over and over again, what would it be?
Kevin Bacon was in the movie Footloose. Footloose featured songs by Kenny Loggins.
Kenny Loggins' song 'Celebrate Me Home' was featured on American Idol after my song, 'Best Days.'
Does that count?
How do you incorporate
the work of other artists into your own?
Musician- Ryan Adams.
Author- Jack Kerouac.
Actor- Robert Redford.
Please explain what will
Singer-songwriter GRAHAM COLTON combines an uncanny pop sensibility with deep roots in folk and rock-n-roll to produce pop-perfect music that has earned him both critical and mainstream acclaim. His latest album, Pacific Coast Eyes, the follow up to 2008’s Here Right Now, is Colton at his best: singing lyrics about universal themes of love and loss and everything in between. Colton does this in a way that connects him to his audience, enabling them to feel as though they are hearing the story of their own lives through his music.
With sparkling production and vocals he was made to sing, Colton’s Pacific Coast Eyes brims with hummable choruses and sing-a-long verses that is the ideal musical companion to the summer of 2011. It’s a collection of songs that will stand the test of time, with standouts like “1981,” Twenty Something,” and the title track leading the way.
In many ways Colton defines the American dream. Raised in Oklahoma, he quarterbacked his high school to a state championship in 1998, throwing touchdowns to his childhood friend, Wes Welker. While Welker went on to win Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, Colton migrated to his true love: music. In college he began writing and performing songs in Dallas pubs and coffee houses, and soon his fans were finding him on the Internet, asking where they could buy his albums. His self-titled demo CD became a local favorite and eventually fell into the hands of Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows, who asked Colton to support them on their 2002 tour.
In 2004 he and his band signed their first major record deal with Universal, and later that year released their first national album, Drive. Touring with acts such as John Mayer, Maroon 5, and the Dave Mathews Band, Colton found new fans and continued writing new music.
In 2007 Colton released a follow-up, Here Right Now, his first album as a true solo act. The opening single, “Best Days,” a catchy song featuring acoustic guitars and sweeping strings, was an instant sensation. It was chosen as “Song of the Week” on iTunes and was downloaded more than 700,000 times. It also became the exit music for American Idol, was featured by HBO and Oprah Winfrey, and hit #2 on Billboard’s New Artist chart. Colton’s success led to appearances on Ellen, The Tonight Show, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Late Show with David Letterman, Today, and Live! With Regis & Kelly.
Colton is proud to share Pacific Coast Eyes with his fans. He’ll be supporting Pacific Coast Eyes with tour dates all summer and into the fall. He’s a career-oriented artist who continues to grow musically with each new release.