After relocating from Dallas to Los Angeles to spend much of the next decade touring and recording as a Universal artist, Graham Colton has rediscovered himself as an artist outside the world of major label influence by going back to his roots in his hometown of Oklahoma City. Reconnecting with old friends producers/musicians Chad Copelin and Jarod Evans of Blackwatch Studios, Colton has become a staple in the burgeoning OKC arts community. He has established himself in many ways at once: writing songs for other artists and film & TV licensing; co-writing with and developing new artists; opening a production studio; launching Fanswell, an online platform for artists to book non-traditional concerts hosted by their fans; and stretching himself creatively as an artist through collaborations with good friend and fellow OKC musician Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips).Colton got his start while attending Southern Methodist University where he began writing and performing songs in and around Dallas. It was there that fate and the internet took Graham to new heights as his songs were quickly spread through file sharing. “I would return to my college dorm room and have e-mails from kids across the country asking where to buy the album”.
In 2002 he released his self-titled debut album, which fell into the hands of Adam Duritz of the Counting Crows who asked Graham to support them on their tour. It would prove to be a friendship that would evolve over the next two years of touring and recording.
After the fall stint with Counting Crows in 2004, Graham and his bandmates signed a record deal with Universal Records, and entered the studio with producer Brendan O’Brien at Southern Tracks in Atlanta to record the album Drive. The album release was followed by a heavy tour schedule supporting artists John Mayer, Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Guster, Gavin DeGraw, Train, Sister Hazel, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Kelly Clarkson, proving the band had the ability to connect with all types of listeners.
Graham’s 3rd album, the 2007 release Here Right Now, debuted at #2 on the Billboard New Artist/Heatseeker chart, and #4 Pop Album/#11 Top Album charts on iTunes. Lead single “Best Days” landed him performances on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Late Show with David Letterman, NBC’s Today Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live with Regis and Kelly. The song was also featured on American Idol.
Over the years Graham has proven himself to be a diverse writer with a knack for pop hook. He is a frequent writing collaborator that enjoys working with both established writers such as Dan Wilson, Richard Marx and Kevin Griffin to up and comers like Lucy Schwartz, Chad Copelin and Jarod Evans. His songs have been featured on numerous TV shows including American Idol, The Voice, About a Boy, Pretty Little Liars, Kyle XY, Oprah’s Big Give, Newport Harbor, Castle, Wildfire, October Road Fall promo, HBO Winter promo, Sundance promo, and many others. He has just opened a full production studio in OKC with his long-time writing, musician, recording collaborators Brine Webb and Dustin Paige.
As an artist Graham continues to remain very active recording and touring. His collaborations with Wayne Coyne inspired him to experiment and broaden the way he looked at the songwriting process. Colton holed up at Blackwatch Studios with his frequent collaborators/producers/bandmates Chad Copelin and Jarod Evans to write and record the January 2014 release Lonely Ones. The album is ten tracks of lush indie/psych pop gems, each with its own interesting twist. Playful touches like handclaps and la-la-las accent ear-wormy melodies. Lonely Ones shows not just growth but almost complete reinvention – an exciting move for an artist who has already seen his share of commercial success.