Colette Kavanagh is a singer-songwriter originally from Blessington, Co. Wicklow. She now lives in Calverstown, Kilcullen, Co. Kildare in Ireland.
Colette attended the Holy Faith Convent in the Coombe, Dublin 8 where she was taught singing and dancing from the age of 7 by the Holy Faith nuns.
Colette grew up with her father playing piano and her mother singing along while encouraging all the children to join in Sunday afternoon singing around the piano. Her aunt was an opera singer and was taught by the great singing teacher Veronica Dunne and was a member of the Dublin Opera Society. Her uncle was also a musician in Eileen Reid’s original line-up of “The Cadets”.
Colette’s musical influences range from Johnny Mathis to Roy Orbison, Julie London to The Carpenters, Johnny Cash to Enya and Nora Jones to James Blunt and many, many more.
In 2007 Colette was asked to be a guest singer on a 10 day tour of Ireland with Johnny Cash’s guitarist, Bob Wootton from Nashville, Tennessee. This tour gave Colette the confidence to begin writing and recording her own songs eventually leading to her debut album ‘Further Down The Line’ drawing on many country influences.
Colette has been regularly performing in Dublin and the surrounding counties as well as having many requests to sing at numerous events including RTE television’s ‘Franc’s DIY Brides’.
In 2013 Colette release her EP “Someday” which has got a lot of attention in the UK and she is now working in partnership with Alan Bellman CEO of WAVE 365 Media (with a thirty year career and huge success in the entertainment industry working for Warner Bros, Virgin, Sanctuary and Universal). Alan and the team are based in London and have worked with many major acts to include; Carly Simon, Shirley Bassey, Katie Melua, Leona Lewis, Eurythmics and Kate Bush etc. and they are helping Colette build an international profile in key global markets in the UK, USA, Germany and Australia and New Zealand.
In 2014 Colette's song "Rebekah's Lullaby" was used in a short film called "Skunky Dog" which was written and directed by James Fitzgerald. It has won 13 awards to date to include Winner Best Short Drama at the Royal Television Society in RTE.
In November of 2015, Colette started recording her new song “Hold On” with Martin Quinn Producer and Owner of Jam Studios in Kells, Co. Meath which is getting extensive radio and internet airplay on BreezeFM, EastCoastFM, SpiritRadio, SouthEast Radio to name but a few and all across the USA too! Colette is working on more tracks with Martin over the coming months and hopes to release more songs and videos in due course.