The next big thing, mark my words –Kelly Ford, KYGO 98.5 FM - Denver’s New Country
Ten years ago, after finishing a degree in music and business, Coles Whalen decided to sell everything she had in order to buy a camper. This camper became her home as she toured the nation selling her first record Coles Whalen EP (2005) soon followed by Gee Baby (2006) - her first full length album. Whalen found a way into Borders bookstores and spent almost four years playing multiple shows a day in Borders across the US, building a following and selling over 11,000 CDs right out of her truck.
In 2007 Whalen signed with an independent label and released Nothing Is Too Much (2007). After a year, she found herself in a corner. The label owned the masters, couldn't afford to print more copies, and had her legally bound for two additional records. Having no other option Whalen regrouped, bought herself out of contract, and began again.
Whalen moved from her hometown of Denver, CO to Nashville, TN to work on her songwriting. She continued to tour out of music city, playing around 100 shows a year and wrote and released her 4th CD, The Whistle Stop Road Record (2009), which includes co writes with some of Nashville’s best, among them Rob Crosby and Keith Stegall.
Accomplishing all she set out to do in music city, Whalen headed back to Denver, where she currently lives. She continues to play hundreds of shows a year including opening for Pat Benatar, Joan Jett, Rufus Wainwright, Paula Cole and Kellie Pickler. During breaks in the show schedule she managed to record and release her 5th record, I Wrote This for You (2012), which has been heard on La Galere (Paper Airplane) and seen on CMC (Call on Me, music video).
With plans to release another record in summer 2013, Whalen is slowing down the show schedule a little and writing like crazy! She can’t stay still for TOO long though, so keep an eye on coleswhalen.com for tour dates!
"Bohemian, intriguing and introspective, this is an acoustic rock masterpiece. Gorgeously harmonized and deftly orchestrated, the album is a perfect 10. From the sneaky French-bistro sounds of "Go To Hell (With Me)" to the heartfelt, mature poetry of "Walter Whitman," each track has a unique flavor. The instrumentation is soundtrack quality. Be ready to spend an entire weekend with Beautiful Empty before your ears will accept anything else."
– MUSIC CONNECTION, LOS ANGELES
This critically acclaimed Colorado native brings significantly more lyrical punch and all-around heft than is normally found in the pop singer/songwriter genre, and -- on his just-released third CD, 'Beautiful Empty' -- he further spreads teh court by giving co-billing status to his finely-tuned chamber pop cohorts (including an accordionist, cellist and female singer; very pretty stuff.
-- MUSIC BEAT, IOWA CITY PRESS-CITIZEN
"Beautiful Empty is Rich with songcraft, smarts, and emotion."
-- THE COURIER-JOURNAL, LOUISVILLE, KY
“Alex is hardworking, earnest, a pleasure to work with, creative, humble, and extremely intelligent.”
-Adam Revell September 20, 2016
“Her keyboard, songwriting and singing skills are exceptional, and these are matched by a love of music.”
-Mike Orrill September, 2016
Alex’s mission is to spread positivity through her music and to empower people to create a social change. Her songs address the questions we have in life, the struggles we experience, and the relationships we have. This, combined with intricate melodies and strong rhythms, creates songs that are catchy, creative, and exhilarating.
Since age six, Alex has studied piano with an emphasis in songwriting and contemporary music. Three years later, she began learning vocal technique and in 2010, Alex formed Red Bandana, an all-girl pop rock group. Red Bandana traveled around Colorado performing Alex’s original material in venues and festivals such as the Tabor Opera House, Colorado State Fair, and Fibark Festival. After Red Bandana, Alex began her solo career, debuting a five song EP in the spring of 2016. Alex continues to arrange and develop songs and has performed at venues and festivals such as the Gentleman of the Road Festival, Laughing Goat, Walnut Room, and Salida Steamplant. Currently Alex studies Songwriting and Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.