Colleen O’Connell is a Sydney based songtress whose tunes are the meeting place of stripped back authenticity, hauntingly beautiful melodies and wistful story telling.
Colleen O’Connell is a Sydney based singer/songwriter who delivers honest, connected performances.
Her piano-based tunes are the meeting place for stripped back authenticity, hauntingly beautiful melodies and wistful story telling. At times hushed and tender, and at times a powerhouse of soulful release, her lyrics are the focus of her heartfelt songs.
Over the past year Colleen has been working with producer Michael Carpenter at Love Hz studio on her new album ‘Sorrow, Longing and a Garden that Grows’ which she is due to release in November.
In 2013 she released a single 'Done You Wrong' - a heartfelt apology to the plight of the asylum seekers in Australia. On this single she was also privileged to have the incredible Luke Hawkins (The River Tribe) create a captivating remix, namely 'Done You Wrong - right to asylum remix'.
Prior to that, Colleen released her debut album Come to the Table which brought together the talents of Greg Bell (Brendan Maclean, Annelise Szota, The Dawn Collective, Wonderbrass), Chris Stewart (Guava, James the Grey), Giselle LeAupepe, Joanna Rosemary, Elisabeth Gorringe and Felicity Paulsen. Come to the Table is a 10-track collection of thoughts and reflections on people, love, loss, family, community, life, justice and peace. It is an album filled with the sought of lyrical story-telling that Colleen has become know for around Australia.
Colleen is curious about the role of arts in social, relational and community forums, and has worked on numerous collaborations in the multi-arts platform, including composing music for performance artist and puppeteer Keila Terencio and writing choral music for school-aged children.
Colleen’s other published work includes her song, Tom, appearing on a compilation with the likes of Tommy Emmanuel, Troy Casser-Daley and James Morrison for Youth off the Street as well as backing performance poet Joel McKerrow on his 2013 album, These Wandering Feet. In both 2016 and 2010 she was positioned as a finalist in the MusicOZ awards and in 2011 she had the honour of performing at the infamous Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN.