Callaghan: music review

How does a UK singer end up living in Atlanta? A long-time fan of Shawn Mullins, Callaghan contacted him through MySpace in 2009. This led to song collaborations and then Callaghan’s debut album Life in Full Colour. Callaghan moved to Atlanta. The songs on Life in Full Colour move from joy and hope to doubt and despair. While providing mostly a Southern, laid back, gentle feel, there’s a bit of folk, country and pop mixed in. Callaghan showcases her dynamic and versatile vocal range. She sounds a bit like Jewel in her ability to jump from sweet to powerful to a Bel Canto- type melody/ progression. The first few upbeat, pop songs on the album might make you think of Shania Twain. Life in Full Colour is an impressive sophomore album.

my picks:
“Best Year”
“Close My Eyes”
“Get Me Through Tonight”

Life in Full Colour
Release date: May 1
PR: Skye Media

Callaghan website

tour dates

4/23/2012 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
4/25/2012 Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
4/26/2012 New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
4/27/2012 Scarborough, ME – The Brickhouse
5/19/2012 Fall River, MA – Narrows Center for the Arts (w/Steve Forbert)
5/20/2012 New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
5/25/2012 Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic (CD Release Celebration, acoustic show)
5/26/2012 Duluth, GA – Red Clay Theater (CD Release Celebration, full band show)
6/8/2012 Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live (w/Matthew Sweet)
6/9/2012 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club (w/Matthew Sweet)
6/11/2012 New York, NY – City Winery (w/Matthew Sweet)
6/13/2012 Nashville, TN – Music City Roots
6/15/2012 Birmingham, AL – Moonlight On The Mountain
7/7/2012 Durham, NC – Casbah (w/Shawn Mullins)
7/13/2012 Three Oaks, MI – The Acorn Theater
7/22/2012 Atlanta, GA – 99X Unplugged In The Park
7/28/2012 Hayesville, NC – Peacock Playhouse

–review by Amy Steele


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