With hundreds of performances throughout Wisconsin, Nora Collins has quickly gained recognition as an award-winning performer, songwriter and recording artist.
Fueled by an unyielding creative drive, and a down-home country spirit, Nora has established herself as one of the country music industry’s rising stars with two consecutive Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) “Rising Star” awards (2013 and 2012) and a 2013 WAMI “Female Vocalist of the Year” nomination to her credit.
Nora is a hard working performer having averaged over 200 appearances annually for the last three years. She has opened for national performers including: Josh Turner, American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, Sixpence None The Richer, Katie Armiger, Paul Thorn and The Turnpike Troubadours.
As a recording artist, Nora Collins has released three albums and has dozens of original songs to her credit. Her new album, “Only the Beginning” is an acoustic collection which puts an emphasis on lyrics by only featuring vocals, guitar and fiddle. Her sophomore album “Run Away With Me” was partially recorded in Nashville and included some of the finest touring musicians in the country.
Nora has gained national recognition with her recent music video “Dimples Filled With Lies” airing on Zuus Country cable channel (formerly The Country Network). Featured on local affiliates of the major television networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX, and nationally on Country Music Television (CMT), she has received critical acclaim for her songs and videos.
As an accomplished singer and guitarist, Nora Collins has a unique vocal quality that is both sensitive and upbeat. Much like her personality, she brings a positive energy that carries across generations of fans.
What the Press is saying about Nora Collins:
"Here are eight top State Fair concert picks, ranging from touring headliners to local favorites. 1. Nora Collins: Few people in the Milwaukee music scene hustle as hard to build a following as the always-gigging teen singer-songwriter from Brookfield. But a time will come when Collins' polished country tunes will do the heavy lifting."
- Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Jul 28, 2013)
"Nora Collins could be the future of country music. She is...the real deal. "Only The Beginning" is one of the best independent recordings that I've heard come out of Wisconsin in a long time."
- John Schulze, Examiner.com (Jul 15, 2013)
"Collins knack for melody and subtle twang recalled Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, with twinges of Jewel and Australia's Kasey Chambers."
- Bobby Tanzilo, OnMilwaukee.com (Jul 02, 2013)
"Mike Gleason, vice president of the Wisconsin Country Music Association said he believes Collins is a young star in the making with her unique delivery of music. “She has just a little something different than everybody else,” he said. “She can hit the high notes that some of the biggest stars can do and her pitch is always perfect.” Gleason said the fact that Collins has achieved the WAMI Award twice is a true testament to her talent and how her peers feel about her in the music industry. “Not only is she talented but she is very humble, which says a lot considering how much she’s achieved so far in her life,” he said."
- Jody Mayers, Waukesha Freeman (Apr 18, 2013)
“Nora Collins is a talented singer-songwriter with a knack for blending country and pop melodies with lyrics about her life experiences and observations. Her most recent album, "Run Away With Me" showcases her musical ability and highlights her personal songwriting talent. "
- Erik Ernst, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Jul 13, 2011)