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Milestone memories: Shawn Colvin tour marks 20 years since ‘A Few Small Repairs’

Shawn Colvin doesn’t write quickly.

She takes her time in crafting a song – though she wishes she were better at the process.

Over the course of her career, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter has become more comfortable with putting her writing out to the world.

Long before Colvin crossed over into the mainstream with her 1997 album, “A Few Small Repairs,” she was a staple in the music industry.

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Like many other musicians, she toured around the country, playing in dive bars, struggling to make a living.

With her debut album, “Steady On” in 1989, she began to come out of her shell. In 1991, “Steady On” picked up a Grammy Award for best contemporary folk album.

Three albums later, Colvin released “A Few Small Repairs,” which won more Grammy Awards, this time for song and record of the year for the single “Sunny Came Home.” Both awards were for writing and production.

“I’d always dreamed of being a good songwriter and how to get out what I wanted to say,” Colvin says. “I had a good partner and still do with John Leventhal. I’ve learned to trust myself more. Everything that I channel has resonance somewhere.”

Grammy winner Shawn Colvin is touring in support of the 20th anniversary of her 1997 album, “A Few Small Repairs.” (Courtesy of Sony Music)

Colvin is on tour with her band in celebration of the 20th anniversary of “A Few Small Repairs.”

“It’s so much fun,” she says of the tour. “I love that record. It was a pleasure to make that record. We were open to try everything and anything, and I think that’s why it resonated with audiences on a bigger scale. That’s the irony. When you don’t try too hard to make hit records, they just appear.”

Colvin is also excited to be back on the road. After more than 20 years in the music industry, she is humbled that fans want to spend the night at a concert with her music and the album that pushed her career into the stratosphere.

“From inception to completion, the project was graced with joy and creative ease. Even the last-minute push to finish ‘Sunny Came Home,’ which went through many lyrical incarnations, worked out thanks to the cover painting by Julie Speed,” Colvin says. “I’ll be thrilled to play that song forever, and am equally thrilled to be performing the whole album.”

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