AUGUST 2012 WAMI FEATURED ARTIST – NORA COLLINS
Nora was recently named WAMI’s 2012 “Rising Star” and is the 2011 Texaco Country Showdown Wisconsin State Winner and the 2012 Milwaukee Winner of the Texaco Country Showdown. In addition, Nora was nominated for three 88NINE Radio Milwaukee Awards and won last year’s WAMI CD Roulette.
“For a singer who still has a year to go in high school, Brookfield’s Nora Collins displays impressive songwriting maturity on her second full-length album. While the songs’ themes fit the expected life experiences of a 17-year-old (young love, first heartbreak), Collins explores them in playfully written lyrics and country melodies.
Recorded and produced at studios in Nashville and Wisconsin, “Run Away With Me” is a diverse package that reveals much promise for Collins’ future. The title track is a layered, rolling pop tune that showcases her upper register. In “Dimples Filled With Lies,” Collins confronts a lover who’s done wrong, and in the soft acoustic guitar tones of “Sweeter,” she sings through the seasons of devotion.”
- Erik Ernst, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Review of “Run Away With Me”
Nora’s recent release “Run Away With Me” is her second full length CD. All 10 songs were written by Nora. The title track and “Dimples” have music videos on YouTube, were recorded in Nashville and feature musicians that tour with Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Martina McBride and Steve Holy. The remaining tracks were recorded at various studios in Southeastern Wisconsin. “First Heartbreak” finished in the top 20, out of 700 songs, in the Great Lakes Songwriting contest. Many songs have been featured on FM 106 Home Made Jams.
Nora released her first CD “Red Chuck Taylors” in May 2009 when she was 14 years old. Nora wrote or co-wrote all 10 songs. Her home music video for “Don’t Slow Down” finished in the Sweet Sixteen, out of 600 videos, in Country Music Television’s Music City Madness competition. She was featured nationally on CMT and also on local ABC, FOX and NBC newscasts.
Nora has appeared many times on local television, including five times on The Morning Blend. She is featured in the August 2012 issue of M Magaizine and other print and internet media. Nora is a featured musician on Potbelly Sandwich Shop corporate website.
Nora wants to make music her career and loves to perform live so she maintains a very busy gig calendar. She has performed in Nashville and plays weekly at the two Brookfield Potbelly Sandwich Shops (over 100 shows yearly). In addition she has performed at Summerfest, State Fair, Waukesha County Fair, Lakefront Festival of Arts, Shank Hall, Linneman’s and many other local venues. Nora recently opened for Chasin’ Mason and will soon open for Paul Thorn at Cedarburg Summer Sounds. Nora is a featured National Anthem singer and has sung for the Brewers, Bucks, Wave, Milwaukee Iron, PBR tour, Monster Truck Jam, International Cycling Classic, Lakeshore Chinooks and Milwaukee Rumble. (Anyone have a Packers connection?)
Nora is a proud member of WAMI, NSAI and the Wisconsin Country Music Association. She is very thankful for the opportunities and support others have given her.
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