“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.
Stepping 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.” 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 Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Paula Cole, The Bare Naked Ladies, John Butler Trio,
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 Showcase in Montreal, Quebec Canada 2009. The Whistle
Stop Road Record, presented by HitLab, is Whalen’s fourth solo release and is now
While on tour to support this record, Whalen is taking a few weeks off to be in the studio
with producer Michael Flanders and Akon working on her fifth full – length release,
expected to hit the airwaves in Jan of 2011.