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Graham Colton: Pacific Coast Eyes

| June 21, 2011 | 2 Comments

“Halfway between somewhere and nothing, I woke up and I’m 20-something” reflects singer-songwriter Graham Colton from his new album, Pacific Coast Eyes.

Art really does reflect life. The songs are always more than just melodies. It’s the music that brings emotional meaning to the lyrics, and sheds some light on the story behind the artist and their intentions.

With these lyrics, we see Colton at a crossroads. An all-too familiar scene with an honest sentiment that most all of us can relate to in some way or another. It’s a poignant observation by an artist who both literally and figuratively inserts himself directly into the middle of the song. It’s a depiction of one of those life-affirming moments.

Perhaps, this is Colton’s greatest gift … his ability to write lyrics about universal themes of love and loss, and everything in between in a way that uniquely endears himself to the listener; and most importantly, enables them to feel as though they are hearing the story of their own lives.

It should come as no surprise that his music has found its way to the masses on the big screen and in living rooms across the country, from the famous ‘exit song’ on American Idol to dramatic montages for several promo campaigns on national networks and specials ranging from Oprah Winfrey’s “Big Give” to CBS’s Thanksgiving Football programming.

All of these licenses combined led to multiple invitations for Colton to perform on nationally televised programs including the Today Show, Regis and Kelly, Ellen, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. “I performed ‘Best Days’ everywhere, it forever changed my life” says Colton.

Before relocating back to Oklahoma, Colton spent the majority of his early adulthood living out of a suitcase as a traveling musician. After a brief stint at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, Colton left prematurely to accept an invitation from Counting Crows’ front man, Adam Duritz, to open up for the band on what would turn into six national tours.

Shortly after, the artist recorded his debut album, Drive, as part of Graham Colton Band with legendary producer Brendan O’Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Train, Pearl Jam) and toured with the likes of Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and Maroon 5. The relentless touring and hard work paid off with critical acclaim and a year-long tour with pop superstar Kelly Clarkson during her meteoric rise to fame.

Now a solo artist, he enlisted producer John Fields (Switchfoot, Jimmy Eat World, Semisonic) and newfound friend Tommy Walter (Eels, Abandoned Pools) to help craft his second album, Here Right Now. The record was recorded in the spring and summer of 2007 and featured the hit single “Best Days.”

Colton found a new confidence as a songwriter after witnessing these songs that were written in his bedroom come to life in ways that he never could have anticipated. “I took time after my last album to examine what I loved most about writing and performing my music, and also what I wanted to do differently.” Further, Colton adds “I settled back in to living in Oklahoma City and re-connected with friends and my family. I married the love of my life. And I found a new confidence in songwriting.

The artist surprised himself by the depth and maturity displayed in this collection of songs for his third album, Pacific Coast Eyes. “At the beginning, I was convinced my writing and singing needed to go bigger. But, I quickly realized the good stuff happened when I wasn’t trying,” says Colton.

From the infectious stomp and clap in the title track, to the driving chorus of “1981,” the album sets as a backdrop of young life and love with the windows down. “I tapped into childhood memories, untold stories and wrote about characters I’ve never met but somehow knew,” says Colton. Colton’s growth as a singer-songwriter is most evident when chronicling a young couple on their own road to redemption in “Graceland” or in the simple but stunning “Love Comes Back Around.”

“I allowed myself to have fun and open up in one song, and follow with total heartbreak in the next. I stripped songs down to their core. Somehow it all feels right to me now.” The album ebbs and flows through relationships and self-reflection with a resonating sense of hope. What started as fragmented phrases and thoughts is now an instantly memorable music collection.

Having spent the majority of his musical career traveling, the singer-songwriter has fittingly found his way back to his hometown of Oklahoma City and re-established strong roots in the place where it all began. Says Colton: “The album started with me taking time off from the road and really learning how to live again.”

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  1. etta hess says:

    Love Pacific Coast Eyes!

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