Colleen Nixon is a singer/songwriter/worship leader born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. Her love for song became apparent at a young age, and in her parents’ words, “she was singing before she was speaking.”
After years of voice lessons, singing in school and at Church, Colleen moved to Nashville, TN where she attended Belmont University and studied Commercial Music Voice and the Music Business. It was there in college where she found her gift for song writing, and started writing songs about life, love and all else in between. This pursuit of sharing her heart through song has led to the recording of two CD’s featuring her original music; “Love is in the Details (2009)” & “Lake Ella’s Sky (2013)”. These projects were both recorded and produced in Nashville, TN by Grammy Award Winner, Mitch Dane. These albums are of the pop/jazz genre, (Sara Bareilles, Norah Jones sound), but as Colleen coins it, “these are pop songs coming from a Catholic heart, and are a way to share the love of Christ with a wider audience”.
During college, Colleen started leading the music for Mass, Adoration, and retreats at her Catholic Campus Ministry. It was there she met Jimmy Mitchell and with him started a Sacred Music project called Marian Grace. As Marian Grace, Colleen (vocalist/co-arranger/songwriter) and Jimmy, (pianist/co-arranger) take the Church’s richest musical treasures in hymns and arrange them with a contemporary sound. They have been featured on EWTN’s “Life on the Rock” and have 3 CD’s: “Ancient Hymns & Chants (2010),” featuring the Nashville Dominican sisters, “What Wondrous Love (2012),” and even an Advent/Christmas CD, "In the Bleak Midwinter (2013)". All of their CDs are distributed by Ignatius Press and have been sold in over 23 countries and in thousands of bookstores. Marian Grace has been booked for Sacred Music concerts at Churches and Conferences all over the country and have shared their platforms with some of the best Catholic speakers and teachers from authors Jeff Cavins, Vinny Flynn, and Edward Sri to talk show host Teresa Tomeo, and Priest Fr. Andrew Apostoli to name a few.
Colleen's voice has been called “anointed,” "breathtaking," "a taste of Heaven," and "a profound encounter with God's Beauty". She is unique in the various ways she can share her musical gift. Whether it be in a concert with the captivating prayers and sounds of Marian Grace, to a coffee shop backdrop sharing her pop/jazz/folk songs about life and love, to leading thousands in worship of our Lord in Adoration or Mass Music, Colleen’s gift of music is vast in its ability to reach many different people, in many different settings.
Colleen has been married for 5 years to Titus, and they have 3 sweet children, Benny (4) Max (2 ½) and Camille (10 months) whom she is so grateful for! They currently reside in Tallahassee, FL.
Colleen Nixon with string players, John O'Keefe & Elizabeth Stephanz