Reina Collins brings a lifetime of living and loving to her big voiced, big hearted performance. Whether fronting a down home ensemble or strutting it up with her big rock act, or even solo, Collins evokes comparisons to a charismatic chorus of brethren. From the edgy humanity of Patti Smith to the cool western suave of Chris Isaak to the introspective songwriting of Carole King, Collins' talent is deep and broad enough to recall all of these, while laying claim to a sound that is uniquely her own.
Lisa Lepine, PROmotion Queen
Roots rock singer songwriter Reina Collins is back in Tampa Bay after 20 years in the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountains. Her voice has been described as warm as the color of deeply polished wood and smooth and fiery at the same time – like top shelf tequila. Put simply, she rocks from the heart.
Her fifth album is Florida Girl (2012) with most songs written on the long healing road since her father's death in 2009. More electrified than her earlier folk rock style, Florida Girl was recorded with Tampa Bay musicians Steve Connelly (Zen Recording), Garrick Aden-Buie, Funky D-Animal, Jack Ray, Justin Davis (M.O.T.H. Recording).
On her fourth release Saltwater Soul (2010) sings of nature, family, love and lust. Co-written with Phil Madeira (Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller) the album was recorded in Nashville with members of Emmylou’s band including legendary pedal steel player Al Perkins (Gram Parsons, Flying Burrito Brothers).
St. Petersburg based in the ‘80s, Reina was a founding member of pop rock outfit Multi Color House with Natty Moss Bond and Sam Bond. She was also a frequent guest vocalist with Tampa’s jazz stylist Fred Johnson, composer keyboardist Kamau Kenyatta and percussionist Gumbi Ortiz.
Led by her gypsy spirit Reina moved to Southern California in ’91 and within a few years was itching for the road again. Touring for a year in a country rock band throughout the Rockies opened her eyes to the majesty of the Teton mountains. She landed in Teton Valley, Idaho where she established the town’s first retail music shop Big Hole Music. For 10 years she lived at the foot of the Tetons and played mountain jam rock with Bo Hog Grind and Hayden’s Wheel. Her bluegrass folk flavored debut album Kitchen Sink (2003) was recorded at Hen House Studio in Victor, Idaho.
In 2005 Reina relocated to Portland, Oregon. Collaborating with songwriter Rob Barteletti and guitarist producer Terry Robb, Even If I Fall (2006) features multi-instrumentalist Tony Furtado on this collection of witty, poignant, dark roots country tunes.
The tunes written for Austin To Boston (2008) were inspired by Reina’s 10,000 mile cross country solo road trip taken the previous year. This record moves in a more roots rock/AAA radio friendly direction and holds the listener with Reina’s originals as well as road themed covers like James McMurtry’s Off and Running and World Party’s Put The Message In the Box. Reina’s version of Richard Thompson’s ’52 Vincent Black Lightning is a favorite on Portland’s KINK.FM Sunday morning music show.
Scenes and characters are discovered by travelling many roads. Crossing musical boundaries and forging new friendships also contribute to the hearty, earthy stew Reina’s music represents. And the journey continues….