The next big thing, mark my words –Kelly Ford, KYGO 98.5 FM – Denver’s New Country
Ten years ago, after finishing a degree in music and business, Coles Whalen decided to sell everything she had in order to buy a camper. This camper became her home as she toured the nation selling her first record Coles Whalen EP (2005) soon followed by Gee Baby (2006) – her first full length album. Whalen found a way into Borders bookstores and spent almost four years playing multiple shows a day in Borders across the US, building a following and selling over 11,000 CDs right out of her truck.
In 2007 Whalen signed with an independent label and released Nothing Is Too Much (2007). After a year, she found herself in a corner. The label owned the masters, couldn’t afford to print more copies, and had her legally bound for two additional records. Having no other option Whalen regrouped, bought herself out of contract, and began again.
Whalen moved from her hometown of Denver, CO to Nashville, TN to work on her songwriting. She continued to tour out of music city, playing around 100 shows a year and wrote and released her 4th CD, The Whistle Stop Road Record (2009), which includes co writes with some of Nashville’s best, among them Rob Crosby and Keith Stegall.
Accomplishing all she set out to do in music city, Whalen headed back to Denver, where she currently lives. She continues to play hundreds of shows a year including opening for Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Rufus Wainwright, Paula Cole and Kellie Pickler. During breaks in the show schedule she managed to record and release her 5th record, I Wrote This for You (2012), which has been heard on La Galere (Paper Airplane) and seen on CMC (Call on Me, music video).
With plans to release another record in summer 2013, Whalen is slowing down the show schedule a little and writing like crazy! She can’t stay still for TOO long though, so keep an eye on coleswhalen.com for tour dates!