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Folksy indie pop artist Finn O’Sullivan got her start performing Taylor Swift concerts in her bedroom while her parents were out. The Boulder-based singer-songwriter picked up her first guitar at age 12 and hasn’t put it down. Finn produced her own EP at age 14, won the 2016 eTown Handmade Songs contest as a high school freshman, and has worked with a local producer to put out two additional EP’s. She currently plays out regularly on the Front Range, and has been featured at Boulder’s “Women in Song,” hosted by Shanna in a Dress, and also at Denver’s Stem Ciders and Songwriters, hosted by UMS talent buyer Kenzi Everitt.
In addition to guitar, Finn plays ukulele and piano, and her sound has been compared to such artists as Regina Spektor, Dodie Clark, and Phoebe Bridgers. She says that songwriting is a way for her to express herself and talk about things that are important to her, which is sometimes hard for her to do in everyday conversation. She is “committed to creating things that other people can relate to,” and her songs are a testament to this commitment. With an Instagram tagline of “love, heartbreak and self-deprecation,” she writes about the universal themes of love and loss with both humor and compassion. Her songs are, indeed, relatable.
In one of her songs, Finn muses about a habit of putting her “faith in things that tend to fall apart, secretly hoping I can turn it into art.” When you see her live, you will hope the same. Finn’s turns of phrase and sometimes surprising chord progressions evidence a maturity in musicianship far beyond her years. Her lyrics range from old soul to millennial quirky, and her clever, catchy tunes simply get stuck in your head.