It took Shawn Colvin seven years to break through to the mainstream, after tickling modern rock success. Everything changed in 1996, with the release of "Sunny Came Home," her intelligent midtempo pop/rocker, which reached the top 10 at top 40 and No. 1 at AC, catapulting accompanying album "A Few Small Repairs" to platinum status. It also garnered her Grammys for Song and Record of the Year—and just like that her mainstream career peaked.
When I interviewed Colvin, who turns 55 today, for my Billboard "AirWaves" column, I found her wildly intelligent and in fact, when I wrote my farewell column in 1998, I named her one of the most satisfying artists to interview "for her introspection."