Shawn Colvin (born January 10, 1956 in Vermillion, South Dakota) is an American musician.
== Childhood and early career =
Colvin's formative years were spent in the town of Carbondale, Illinois. She learned to play guitar at the age of 10. Her first public concert was at age 15 at the University of Illinois campus. Colvin cites Joni Mitchell as a primary influence on her music, and her initial performances closely mirrored Mitchell's inflections and guitar tunings.
== Career =
Colvin began working in the music scene in earnest in the late 1970's, first in Austin, Texas and then nationally. She met music partner John Leventhal during this time; Leventhal would go on to be Colvin's producer on several albums.
Colvin's first several albums were met with critical acclaim, but did not sell in substantial numbers. After several albums of original work, Colvin released "Cover Girl", a collection of cover songs, but the work was a departure for her and was not well received.