Georgina Callaghan

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Callaghan
Background information
Origin Boston, England
Genres Pop singer-songwriter
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments singing, acoustic guitar, piano
Years active 2005–present
Labels Green Town Music
Associated acts Shawn Mullins
Website callaghansongs.com/home.cfm

British artist Callaghan (full name Georgina Callaghan) is a singer-songwriter. She performs under the name Callaghan. She is best known for her 2012 album "Life in Full Colour" produced by Grammy-nominated US artist Shawn Mullins.

Callaghan is currently living in Nashville where she is recording her 2nd studio album.

Biography[edit]

Callaghan wrote her first song at the age of 14 and earned a place on BBC TV show Get Your Act Together,[1] hosted by Irish singer Ronan Keating.

Callaghan has worked with many musicians and producers including Grammy Award winning writer John Peppard (1998, Best Country Collaboration with Vocals for "In Another's Eyes") and producer Peter Lawlor who formed the band Stiltskin.[2][3]

Callaghan performing at The National Theatre London 2009

In 2008, Callaghan self-released single "Look Around". Doing all of the PR and radio plugging herself, Callaghan achieved airplay on numerous BBC radio stations, extensive local and national press coverage as well as a performance on Sky TV.[4][5] All proceeds from the sale of the single went to music charity Live Music Now.[6]

In July 2009, Callaghan travelled to Georgia, USA to record with US artist Shawn Mullins. The first single from the collaboration "Smile" was played and endorsed on the Bob Harris Country Show on BBC Radio 2.[7]

Callaghan's full album "Life in Full Colour" was completed in 2011 and initially made available as pre-release Limited Edition copies to fans through her website[8] and at live shows.

The album released in 2012 to great reviews:

"A 12-track set infused with folk, pop, rock and country influences and, above all, immediate hooks" – Billboard.com

"Life In Full Colour by Callaghan proves that this Brit has been listening to her Joni Mitchell, Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow records. ...Girl can write. Girl can sing. Girl can play piano. Girl has captured my heart. Callaghan, oh Callaghan, sing me back home" – Aquarian Weekly

"The world needs more singer songwriters like Callaghan. In a time where mediocrity is seen as brilliant, Callaghan truly shines through as the real deal. Her voice is original and pure, and she is one of the greatest unsigned talents I've ever heard." – Shawn Mullins[9]

After living in Atlanta for a few years she moved to Nashville in 2012 after completing 4 tours opening for Mullins. In June 2013 Billboard Magazine published a four-page article titled House Music which detailed her first show in Boston as part of her Callaghan Across America Tour describing the exposure that house concerts can provide for both independent and established artists.[10] On 22 September 2013 BBC Radio 2 broadcast a recorded live session with Callaghan for the Bob Harris Sunday show as part of his week in Nashville covering the Americana Awards. [11]

Influences[edit]

Callaghan's music is a blend of pop/rock/singer-songwriter genres, with influences from great artists including Shawn Mullins, Sarah McLachlan, Johnny Cash and James Taylor. Her voice has been compared to artists including Sarah McLachlan and Alison Krauss.

Discography[edit]

Albums

EPs

  • Callaghan (2005)
  • Road To Elmersville (2006)
  • Nothing You Say (2007)

Singles

  • Look Around (2008)
  • Smile (2009)

Collaborations[edit]

  • Album "Life in Full Colour" produced by Shawn Mullins
  • "Sweet Surrender" (Life in Full Colour) co-written by Callaghan and Shawn Mullins
  • "The Only Thing Real" (Life in Full Colour) co-written by Callaghan and Shawn Mullins
  • EP "London To Lawrenceville" 3 songs produced by Shawn Mullins

Quotes[edit]

  • "Having seen her do a showcase earlier this year, I thought she was wonderful" – Bob Harris OBE (BBC Radio 2)[12]
  • "One of the best albums of last year, LIFE IN FULL COLOUR, for Callaghan" – Bob Harris OBE (BBC Radio 2).[13]
  • "A 12-track set infused with folk, pop, rock and country influences and, above all, immediate hooks" – Billboard[14]
  • "Life In Full Colour is joyful listening" – Huffington Post[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Internet Movie Database Page
  2. ^ 1998 Grammy Award Database
  3. ^ Screen Source presents The 40th Annual Grammy Awards| Screen Source presents The 40th Annual Grammy Awards Archived 17 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Metro.co.uk
  5. ^ Callaghan performs Look Around on Sky TV
  6. ^ PRS Web site
  7. ^ Bob Harris Country Show Playlist
  8. ^ Callaghan Artist Website
  9. ^ Shawn Mullins News 6 July 2009 | retrieved from on 29 May 2012
  10. ^ / House Music: Your Living Room Might Be Your Next Concert Venue by Gary Trust Retrieved on 2013-11-17, published 14 June 2013
  11. ^ Bob Harris Sunday BBC Radio 2 playlist/ Retrieved 2013-11-17, published 22 September 2013
  12. ^ Callaghan: played on Bob Harris Saturday Show, BBC Radio 2: 2 January 2010: retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pk7w4 on 3 January 2010
  13. ^ Bob Harris Sunday,BBC Radio 2: 8 January 2012: retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01932rv on 9 January 2012
  14. ^ Billboard Story: Chart Beat Meet & Greet: Callaghan by Gary Trust: 1 May 2012 retrieved from http://www.billboard.com/articles/chartbeat/46391/chart-beat-meet-greet-callaghan-exclusive-video
  15. ^ Performing Songwriter Callaghan Releases Life in Full Colour, article/interview by Ruth Gerson: 8 May 2012 retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ruth-gerson/performing-songwriter-callaghan_b_1484833.html

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