Colleen Crosson singer/songwriter
the buzz
applause from fellow performers and fans...
"Colleen is one of those naturally gifted singers who gets inside a song and makes it her own. When you hear her sing, there's no doubt whatsoever where she's coming from: the heart." – Tom Kimmel, Nashville performing songwriter
“…Just beautiful. Deep and true and real and easy and altogether delicious.” – Jan Garrett, recording artist, Basalt, CO
“… a big thanks for such a great evening Saturday, Wow, we've had a number of great shows in the past but this one was extra power packed. You sang your *** off and such a fantastic turnout. I look forward to the next time.” – Johnsmith, Wisconsin performing songwriter
“Colleen's beautiful voice….touches something deep inside my soul.” - GK, Fort Collins, CO
“….about my love of the song “I Choose Love”…..I think globally the song could hit the top ten, then maybe Casey Cassum will play it for Oprah and you’re in! - JF, Fort Collins, CO
“Dear Colleen – I am so grateful for you and the way the Universe expresses through you….I can look up and see the love and the joy light up your face as you sing, and I am moved in a very deep place…” - AD, Ft. Collins, CO
“Colleen – I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate your music!....Your voice is golden! It is so strong and rich, and truly a sweet sound…..Your music matters and makes a difference – touches lives! Not just mine, but many!” – BM, Berthoud, CO
“I have truly enjoyed your CD – the first cut is truly lovely…While I don’t ‘make’ much music, I do seem to hear it well and I’m so impressed with how your voice is so pure – you hit every note and it’s truly touching to hear.” - PS, Ft. Collins, CO
“….each song was so elegantly played and sung. Colleen, your voice is hypnotic and so moving to listen to. So much talent lies in you…” - MG, Colorado Springs, CO
“The feedback from yesterday has been especially fabulous. Phone calls, emails and personal reports. Our out of town friends were blown away by the music and the spirit and the energy.” - LK, Ft. Collins, CO
“I cannot begin to tell you how much your music really enhances my life” - EDH, Fort Collins, CO
“Colleen – DS and I were at the show last night – I’d never heard you sing. What a terrific voice! I love your range and tone – great!” - SC, Ft. Collins, CO
“Colleen – Your music touches my SOUL. It is uplifting and often exactly what I need to hear. It makes me SMILE! - MW, Ft. Collins, CO
Colleen in the media...
Listen to our Beet Street Interview
--- Fort Collins Coloradoan, September 29, 2000 ---
"Colleen Crosson drops day job for full-time music career"
By Jim Foster
Colleen Crosson
Colleen Crosson

Colleen Crosson never really had a career. Instead, she had a job that supported her musical habit.

She stresses that she had a job.

"After (local band) Hot To Go broke up last year, it was really time for me to go solo again," Crosson said. "I'd been doing the safety in numbers thing for so long... So in the past year, I finally quit my day job and am doing music full time."

Her job was working with animals at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Now, she performs acoustic shows regularly in town and teaches younger musicians what she's learned during the more than two decades she's been making music.

"I never really thought I could do music as a career," Crosson said. "But I've always dreamed of doing just music."

Colleen Crosson and Bob Hollister
Colleen Crosson and Bob Hollister

Crosson was raised around music. Her paternal grandmother was a singer who performed at Carnegie Hall.

"I like to think my musical career started when I was a kid," Crosson said. "Even when I was a teenager I played at coffee houses."

She moved to Fort Collins in 1977 and started singing at the Town Pump.

"We started performing as the band Moose Scat," Crosson said with a laugh. "It was a beginning. Then I started playing with the country band Rounder. They're still playing around town. I rejoined them last year for a 20-year reunion."

Our Mothers' Daughters
Our Mothers' Daughters

Crosson also performs with the group Our Mothers' Daughters, and spent time with Hot To Go.

"A lot of the singing I've done in Colorado has been harmonies," Crosson said.

One performer Crosson especially enjoyed performing with was Bob Hollister, who is returning to Fort Collins this week to reunite on stage with Crosson.

The two will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Avogadro's Number. They will also perform with Liz Barnez and Kevin Jones on Tuesday at the Sunset Event Center.

"Bob called me about a month ago," Crosson said. "He was going to be attending a yoga conference and thought it would be fun to perform together again. Singing with Bob was great. Our voices just blend so magically together. I'll always have a warm spot in my heart for performing with him. It's going to be fun."

"I've come back each year and done a small gig," Hollister said. "Just kind of for fun. This is going to be more, I don't want to say serious. But I made a concerted effort to get together with some old friends, some people I admire, and put together some nice shows. I guess I've been missing it."

Hollister and Crosson performed together regularly from 1992 to 1996, until he moved to Montana.

"I actually have known Bob for more than 20 years," Crosson said. "We did some jamming together in the late '70s. But it wasn't until about 1992, maybe 1991, that we met up again. I heard him playing at the Patio Café, which is now Zydeco's. He was doing a show there and asked me to come up and sing a few tunes with him."

After performing as a duo, Crosson and Hollister added Steve Trisman on fiddle. Then the trio grew into the Bob Hollister Band after adding Mark Anderson on drums and Bruce Landry on bass.

"As a group, we recorded two CDs," Crosson said. "We had a lot of fun working together."

Now, Crosson plans on recording her own CDs.

"Our Mothers' Daughters just finished recording a CD," she said. "We hope to have that out by the holidays. And I'd like to do some solo CD projects."

She also plans on working musically with her husband, local pianist Mark Sloniker.

"(Mark) has been writing some vocal tunes, which is something different from the all-instrumental music he usually does," she said.

She also performs monthly at the Moot House and the Rocky Mountain Coffee Connection.

"The type of music I enjoy performing most is the new acoustic, the folk kind of stuff," Crosson said. "Although I love singing other genres, like jazz with Mark. But when it comes to what I love to listen to and love to sing the most it's new acoustic, like in the vein of David Wilcox."


On stage
Colleen Crosson performs at 8 p.m. today at the Rocky Mountain Coffee Connection. Admission is $1. Information: 495-6989. She also performs with Bob Hollister at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Avogadro's Number. Admission is $5. Information: 493-5555. Crosson and Hollister also will perform together, along with Liz Barnez and Kevin Jones at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sunset Event Center. Tickets are $8. Information: 484-4604.

--- Fort Collins Coloradoan, March 24, 2000 ---
"Our Mothers' Daughters blend a cappella, instrumentation"
By Jim Foster

Consider Our Mothers' Daughters a cappella with a twist.

The Fort Collins quartet has spent more than a decade taking instrumental songs and transforming them into strictly vocal compositions. Now, however, the four members are branching out, adding percussion and instrumentation to their four-part harmonies.

Our Mothers' Daughters
Our Mothers' Daughters

"Sometimes we'll find a song we really want to do — a ballad sometimes — that wouldn't work as an a cappella tune." said Colleen Crosson, who along with Barb Pons, Joanne Taylor and Krisann Meyer-Corcoran will perform today at the Sunset Night Club. "It was a natural progression for us to add some instruments."

Our Mothers' Daughters started performing in 1985, when Pons enlisted group of friends to perform at a church concert at Christmas.

"That Christmas show was our first thing, then in February of 1986 we started doing other shows," said Pons, who along with Taylor, was an original member of the group. Crosson joined a few years later.

"There was a time when we actually brought a guy into the band and had to change our name," Pons said. "We called ourselves Our Mothers' Daughters a la Mode. Then we went just to a la Mode."

After a la Mode, the members took some time off, before coming back together five years ago. Since then, the quartet has explored nearly every musical genre, turning instrumental favorites into a cappella tunes.

"We've done everything from the Beatles to Queen," Crosson said. "We do anything that appeals to us, in all genres. Everybody brings in songs they want to do. And we also do original tunes."

The band looks for songs with "really cool bass lines," Crosson said. Then the members take the instrumentation and perform it vocally. There are some songs, however, that don't translate well into a cappella styles.

So Our Mothers' Daughters started experimenting.

"We are still primarily an a cappella group," Crosson said. "But there are times when we'll perform with Mark Sloniker's jazz quartet. We'll do an a cappella set, then his group will do some instrumental. Then we'll all do a set together. That's really fun."

That led to the addition of instruments more regularly.

"It lets us stretch our boundaries," Crosson said. "When we perform with the (jazz) quartet, we can concentrate more on the vocal harmonies instead of using our voices for those other instruments. And when we add the instruments, it allow us to do the songs we thought we couldn't do well with just the a cappella sound."


On stage
Our Mothers' Daughters performs at 7:30 p.m. today at the Sunset Nightclub, 242 Linden St. Tickets are $8. Information: 484-4604.

Colleen Crosson singer/songwriter