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Nora Collins

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Full of charm and determination, Nora Collins’ upbringing in the Midwest shaped her persona and career from an early age. By the time she was 15 years old, she was booking her own shows at a local sandwich shop. She quickly earned regional recognition and was performing at the iconic Summerfest festival in Milwaukee by 2016… the same year that she moved to Nashville and landed a publishing and artist development deal. Since then, she released a self-titled EP in 2016 and a Christmas project in 2017.

“I was raised to believe that nothing is handed to you. And if you want something, you have to put in the work to get it. Before I moved here, I was doing over 200 shows a year for five years in a row – all stuff I booked myself. I’ve wanted to do this for a long time, and I knew that I had to get my chops up and pay my dues. I was very fortunate to move here with a deal, but I made monthly trips here for a year before that. I drove back and forth from Wisconsin and would stay here for a week or two at a time and build relationships.”

Nora just released her new 6-song EP “Strings,” which was produced by Marshall Altman (who has also produced Natasha Bedingfield, Amy Grant, Frankie Ballard, and Eric Paslay).

Nora Collins Strings EP

If you love the tone of artists like Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, and RaeLynn, then be sure to add these songs to your playlist.

“Strings” track list:
– Less is More
– Backseat Falling
– Who Knows Who
– Plain Jane
– Pink Lemonade
– Strings
Current single: “Plain Jane”
I think we all have those days when we don’t feel good enough; I wrote this song on one of those days. Sometimes it’s hard to feel like everything is going to turn out okay, but in the end, everything happens the way it’s meant to. Every time I play this song, it serves as a reminder that we all make mistakes, we’re all on our own path, and that our imperfections are what make us beautiful. I’m extremely honored to have Vince Gill on this song; he made a special song even more special to me.

Musical Influences:
Growing up, I loved so many different artists, from Patsy Cline and Shania Twain to Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys. My dad is a big Elton John fan, so I listened to him a lot, too. As I began writing songs, I fell in love with Miranda Lambert and her honesty as a lyricist and the emotion you can hear in her voice. I think all of these artists played a part in shaping my sound. During the process of making my new EP, Strings, I fell in love with Fleetwood Mac, and I definitely hear some of that influence in the production.
Personal Influences:
My Uncle Doug was a big supporter of my music early on. He actually produced the first CD that I put out at the age of 14. He encouraged me to be creative and to develop my skills as a songwriter, singer, and guitar player. And he actually helped me find another of my biggest influences, my guitar teacher, Ken Fox. Ken introduced me to Patsy Cline, and he would put on showcases for his students to play for family and friends. He heard something in me and wanted me to bring in songs that I’d written so he could help me with guitar licks and melodies. He ended up producing a couple of the CDs I released while I was in high school. And I’m really lucky to have great, supportive parents who instilled in me at a young age that I can do anything I put my mind to but nothing is handed to you. If you want it, you have to work hard for it. The music industry is tough, and without them teaching me about hard work, determination, and perseverance, I’m not sure I’d still be pursuing this career.
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