Whalen’s ten year career as a singer songwriter is dotted with successes including winning Akon’s Hit Lab, opening for many national acts, hearing her song in a Disney film, and composing the credit track for a PBS television series. She’s grown her career the grassroots way, playing hundreds of shows across the country, and releasing 6 albums both on labels and independently. Her latest, “Come Back, Come Back,” is available now and a new acoustic release can be expected in 2020.
It is tough to emphasize how lush and powerful this woman's voice is. Those in the audience who had not heard her before were awestruck, and those who already had were mouthing the lyrics to her songs. - Westword Backbeat, Mark Sanders
While Coles Whalen's bluesy folk attitude is apparent, it’s songs like “Wake Up Easy” and “Paper Airplane” that give examples of the brilliant mind behind the beauty. All said, Coles Whalen should be the rising star from Colorado - Colorado Music Buzz
Coles Whalen makes things happen. When she wanted to jumpstart her music career she bought a pickup truck, toured the country and sold CDs out of the back. Then, when opportunity knocked and kept knocking, she picked up her guitar to open for artists like Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Rufus Wainwright, and yes, even Akon in Montreal, Nashville, Denver, and all points in between. But it isn’t just sheer will that’s gotten Whalen to where she is today. Her homespun blend of bluesy, swampy folk has something to do with it. – OurStage
It’s truly inspirational to see an artist that possesses so many excellent qualities; she’s talented, approachable, and extremely loyal to her fans. - Music Tyro