June 11, 2013 - Summertime!!!
Hey everybody! It’s going to be a great summer! I hope it warms up soon. Here’s an update about what’s happening.
New CD!!!: I’m very excited about the new acoustic CD I’ve been working on and can't wait to share my new music with you!!! This CD will only feature vocals, guitar and fiddle. The CD is 6 new songs that I’ve written by myself and with some great co-writers and 4 of my favorite cover songs. This special CD will only be available at my shows this summer or via direct mail. The cost is $10 in person or $13 by mail which includes postage. The mailing address is Nora Collins, PO Box 85, Brookfield, WI 53008. The CD should be available by Summerfest. Can't wait for you to hear it!!!
News Articles: I’m honored to be awarded for the 2nd consecutive year the “Rising Star” award by WAMI. Here is a link to a great article that appeared in the Waukesha Freeman: Waukesha Freeman WAMI Award
ZUUS Country (The Country Network) – The music video for my original song "Dimples Filled With Lies" continues to air Nationally on ZUUS Country (The Country Network) cable channel. I would appreciate if you went to the ZUUS Country Facebook page and requested my video. Link: ZUUS Country Facebook Page
Summerfest & other Shows: I’m playing many great shows this summer; including 10 times at Summerfest!!! I’m also opening for Josh Turner July 25th at the Washington County Fair!!! Other gigs include Lakefront Festival of Arts, Bastille Days, Waukesha County Fair, Brady Street Festival and the Wisconsin State Fair. Check Nora Collins GIG Page for updates. Here is my Summerfest schedule:
1:30 & 4:30 pm
Tiki Hut Stage along the Lake
1:30 & 4:30 pm
Tiki Hut Stage along the Lake
K Nation/Cascio Interstate Music Stage
Tiki Hut Stage along the Lake
Tiki Hut Stage along the Lake
3:00 & 6:00 pm
Tiki Hut Stage along the Lake
Thanks for your support! I wish everyone a safe and wonderful summer! I hope to see you!!!
April 15, 2013 2013 WAMI Rising Star!!!
I am very honored to be named the 2013 ”Rising Star”
award winner at the 33rd annual WAMI Awards. This is my second consecutive year of winning the “Rising Star” award. I was also nominated for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” The awards are voted on by members of the Wisconsin Area Music Industry, an organization that promotes Wisconsin music. The awards ceremony was held Sunday night at Turner Hall. Congrats to all the nominees! I'm mentioned in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal story that has a complete list of winners: 2013 WAMI Award Winners
. Check out my Facebook page for more photos from the award show!
I have a busy summer schedule that includes opening for Country Music Star, Josh Turner July 25th at the Washington County Fair and a July 2 Summerfest date at the Uline Warehouse stage. I'm also slated to perform at Lakefront Festival of Arts, Bastille Days,Waukesha County Fair and the Wisconsin State Fair. Check out my gig page!
See you this summer :)
3/11/13 Two WAMI Nominations!! Free Download!!
I’ve got some exciting news!! I’m so honored to be nominated for two Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards: the prestigious “Female Vocalist of the Year” award, and for the third consecutive year the “Rising Star” award. Last year I was honored to be named the 2012 “Rising Star”. Congratulations to all the nominees: 2013 WAMI Nominations. The 33rd annual WAMI Awards Show is open to the public and will be held Sunday, April 14 at Turner Hall in Milwaukee. Visit http://wamimusic.com/ for more information.
I’ve written and recorded a new single, “I’ll Pray For You”. To thank you for all your support, I’m making the song available as a free download. Check out this link for the free download: "I'll Pray For You" FREE Download
You can see me at some great shows I have coming up including: Zaffiro’s Pizzeria at the Ridge Cinema March 14 & 15, Mozzaluna March 26, Underground at Intercontinental Hotel March 29. I’m also headlining a show at the UUCW Coffee House in Brookfield on April 6. See my gig page for a complete schedule.
Spring is on its way! Hope to see you soon!
2/14/13 Eau Claire, MPTV, Special Gigs
Happy Valentine's Day!!!
I’ve got two special Coffee House gigs coming up. Sunday, February 17, I’m playing at WoodSongs Milwaukee with the duo Arkansas Kelly. On April 6 I’ll be at UUCW Coffee House in Brookfield. Click on the links for more information.
I had an amazing time this past weekend in Eau Claire and Mondovi. Played a great show with my good friends in Modena Junction Band. These guys are awesome! We packed the house at the historic White Pig. Made some great new friends! Check out Nora Collins Facebook Page for photos and video.
Last week I was profiled on a TV show for Milwaukee Public Television. The show is called Nora Collins Online and is a student production that aired on MPTV 36. You can view the show on the YouTube link. Huge kudos to Wisconsin Country Music Association Vice-President Mike Gleason who did a terrific job hosting the show on very short notice. Many thanks to director Kenneth Williams and his production team.
Speaking of TV… "Dimples Filled With Lies" continues to air nationally on cable TV channel The Country Network . I would appreciate if you went to The Country Network Facebook Page and requested my video.
I continue to play at some great restaurants. Please come and see me at: Zaffiro’s, Mozzaluna and Key Westconsin. I’m also playing for the first time at The Filling Station in Fort Atkinson. See my gig page for dates.
Warmer days are around the corner. I’ve got summer shows lined up at Lazy Days Campground in West Bend, Enderis Park, Stevens Point, Hartland, St. Dominic’s in Brookfield and the Waukesha County Fair. Hope to be back at Street Fest in Mondovi.
WAMI People’s Choice Ballot goes online February 19 thru March 8. I hope you will consider voting for me in the South East region. WAMI website
I’m very blessed! I wish you the best! Thanks for all your support!
12/20/12 The Country Network- “Breaking Out Artist of the Week”
The Top 20 Countdown is scheduled to air Sunday, Dec. 23 at 9pm with “Dimples” scheduled to air at approximately 9:16pm. The rebroadcast is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 24 at 10am with “Dimples” scheduled for 10:16am. The internet stream is one hour earlier. In Milwaukee, The Country Network is shown on Channel 24.2 or Channel 988 on Time Warner Cable. I would really appreciate if you would go to The Country Network's Facebook Page and request my video.
I’m also very excited to return to The Morning Blend on Christmas Eve day at 9am on WTMJ Channel 4 to sing “Santa Baby!”
Check out my list of Christmas gigs this weekend! Thank you so much to everyone for all of your support! It really means the world to me!
Have a Merry Christmas and a Peaceful Holiday!
12/10/12 Big News & Happy Holidays!
I’m excited to announce that starting Tuesday, Dec 11, my music video: "Dimples Filled With Lies"
will air nationally on TCN - The Country Network
In Milwaukee, TCN is on Channel 24.2 or 988 on Time Warner Cable. In Madison Channel 47.3 or 969 on Charter Cable or online at: http://tcncountry.com
/ Please tell your family and friends to go to TCN Facebook Page
and request the video. Thanks to my friends Becky and Matt for being in the video and to David Busse for his great direction. Send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will send you the list of air times.
On December 22, I will be on WBKV Radio 1470AM
from Noon-12:30pm as part of their live acoustic Christmas show!
I’ve had the great experience of playing three shows with Katie Armiger, who recently had her second #1 video on GAC, Great American Country.
I’m thrilled to announce that on January 24th
I’ll be opening for the amazing duo Sixpence None the Richer
at Shank Hall
. You may remember their chart topping hits “Kiss Me” and “There She Goes.” This show you won’t want to miss! Please check out my Gig Page
for other shows. Hope to see you!
Warm Wishes to you and your family this joyous Holiday Season!
I’m excited that I’ve been invited to once again open for the amazing Katie Armiger
on November 20th
at the Grand Opera House
in Oshkosh! Hope to see you there!
I’m very honored that I was asked to sing the National Anthem at the Mitt Romney Rally in Milwaukee. Here is a YouTube link:National Anthem at Mitt Romney Rally in Milwaukee
Politics aside, this was truly a wonderful and patriotic experience. I’m proud to be an American!
10/22/12 Charity & The Morning Blend This Friday
I’m honored to be helping out with these upcoming charitable events.
- I will be on The Morning Blend Friday, 10/26 with Caribou Coffee to support CancerCare, a non-profit organization that helps people in our community affected by cancer. Tune in to Today’s TMJ4 at 9am. I will be singing a new song. I will also be filmed singing a Christmas song for a later broadcast. I’m honored this will be my 6th (and 7th) time on the show!
- In addition, I’m playing at the 124th & Capitol Caribou Coffee on Saturday, 10/27 from 10-11:30am to celebrate Life and honor the “Warriors” of cancer. I hope you’ll stop in and support CancerCare.
- Later Saturday I’m performing from 7-7:50pm for the This Time Tomorrow concert at the Intercontinental Milwaukee. This is another organization that supports individuals affected by cancer.
- On November 30 I’ll be performing at the 1st annual “Local Music Gives Back” food drive concert to benefit The Hunger Task Force. Details coming soon.
I had a great time opening twice for Katie Armiger . Katie’s video for “Better in a Black Dress” is the #1 video on GAC. Katie and her band really liked my cover of Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away”. Here’s a link: Blown Away Video Here is a “bluesy” version of Miranda Lambert’s “Fastest Girl In Town” with the awesome Kenn Fox on guitar: Fastest Girl In Town Video
Cold weather and the Holidays are fast approaching. Have a warm heart and consider helping those in need.
September 17, 2012 Opening for Katie Armiger Oct 4 & 5!!!
I've got some really exciting news! I will be opening twice for Katie Armiger when she comes to town! Katie has the current #4 video on Great American Country (GAC) for her song "Better In A Black Dress" and has had 2 previous #1 videos on GAC. Katie's music was featured on ABC's hot summer series, Bachelor Pad.
Thanks for all of your support!
See you there!
September 6, 2012
I know its short notice but I just found out I’m the “to be announced” act to open for Turnpike Troubadours this Friday, 9/7 8pm, at The Rave. I’m scheduled to do a ½ hour set on the main stage at 8pm. The Turnpike Troubadours are from Oklahoma and combine Folk, Country, Cajun, and Bluegrass with stories of longing, humor, tragedy, and general life in rural America. I hope you can make it!!!
Two weeks ago I had the awesome experience playing in front of an estimated 3,000 when I opened for Paul Thorn at Cedarburg Summer Sounds. Here are YouTube links for two songs I performed. This is a new song I’ve written but haven’t recorded yet: I'll Pray For You
This is a new favorite cover of mine, the new version of Holding Out For a Hero
from Footloose. I’ve got some great gigs coming up. Check out my list here: Gig Page
I appreciate your support and know that your time is valuable. If you can spare a minute, here are some things I could use your help with:
I’ve entered the YOBI Sing contest with “Dimples Filled With Lies”. I hope you would consider signing up for free and voting ONCE EACH DAY. Here is the link to my video: YOBI Sing - Nora Collins "Dimples..."
Also my “Dimples...” video has been published by Y'All Wire
From Y’All Wire: “Our editors screen all submissions and select only the very best. We maintain a high standard of quality curated music videos and only select a few videos a day. Your video is in elite company.” Please check out my video on Y’All Wire and rate my video and leave a comment. Here’s the link: Y'All Wire - Nora Collins "Dimples..."
Please consider voting for me in the Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee poll: 2012 Best of Readers Poll (link)
There are two categories under Music that I would be considered for: Female Vocalist and Acoustic Musician.
August 14, 2012 Happenings
Have a great fall! Go PACKERS!
Summer is coming to an end and the new school year is almost here. Safe travels to everyone on your end of summer trips and as you go away to school! Here are some August happenings:
Tomorrow, 8/15, I’m going to be interviewed on a Canadian radio station! Around 12:30pm CDT I’m scheduled to be on an Ontario Radio Station located over the border from Detroit. Here is the link to listen live: CKXS FM
I’m honored to be chosen as the August 2012 Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s (WAMI) Featured Artist of the Month. Link: WAMI August 2012 Featured Artist WAMI is a great organization that supports Wisconsin’s hard working musicians.
I am featured in the M Magazine August 2012 (page 34) issue. It’s the issue with my favorite Packer, Aaron Rodgers and favorite Brewer, Ryan Braun on the cover.
In addition to all my solo gigs I get the opportunity to open for two great artists:
Thanks for your support! Nora
July 16, 2012
Thanks for visiting. My website has now received over 50,000 hits!
It was amazing playing 5 shows at Summerfest. Thanks to everyone who came out to see me in the hot weather. I had a great time and made many new friends!
Last week I was honored to sing the National Anthem in front of 27,000 at the Milwaukee Brewers game. Here is the link: 7/5 Brewers National Anthem I was fortunate enough to be on the Morning Blend twice in the last two weeks: on the 4th of July I sang "This Land Is Your Land" and on June 25th I was interviewed and sang a new song. Here are links: 7/4 Morning Blend 6/25 Morning Blend
As you know I have a new music video for my song "Dimples Filled With Lies": Dimples Filled With Lies Music Video I hope you like it and would consider sharing it with your friends. If you have any suggestions how to get more views, send me an email.
I've got some great shows coming up: Hope to see you!
- I'm playing the Coors Light stage at the Waukesha County Fair on Saturday July 21 from 2-5pm.
- I'm playing in Mondovi, Wisconsin (near Eau Claire) on Saturday July 28! From 7-8 pm, I'm opening up for the legendary Modena Junction Band at Porky's Pub
- On August 2nd I’m performing for the state title at the Texaco Country Showdown at the State Fair.
I appreciate your continued support. Stay Cool! Nora
June 25, 2012 - The Morning Blend & Summerfest!
This morning I was a guest on the Morning Blend. Here is The Morning Blend Video link. I also taped a patriotic song that is scheduled to be shown on the 4th of July.
Here is my Summerfest schedule. Please stop by and say hi.
Thurs 6/28 Noon-1:00 Potawatomi Pavilion
Thurs 6/28 4:30-5:30 Tiki Hut (along the Lake near Potawatomi Pavilion)
Fri 6/29 6:00-7:00 Tiki Hut
Thurs 7/5 4:30-5:30 Tiki Hut
Sun 7/8 1:30-2:30 Tiki Hut
I hope you’ll check out my new music video: Dimples Filled With Lies and share with your friends.
Thanks for helping me “make the impossible possible”.
June 15, 2012
I graduated high school last week! Here is a picture of me that was in the local paper: Graduation Photo. I’m looking forward to working on my music and going to school in the fall.
I recently finished a music video for my song "Dimples Filled With Lies". Big thanks to my friends Matt Post and Becky Calhoun for appearing in the video and to director David Busse for doing a phenomenal job! Here is the link: Dimples Filled With Lies Music Video. I’d like to hear what you think, so please post comments on Youtube. I also would appreciate that you share the video with your friends and family and post on Facebook.
Last night I won the local round of the Texaco Country Showdown! I’m proud that I won two years in a row! I get to compete for the State Title at the Wisconsin State Fair on August 2.
Summerfest is coming up soon and I’m playing at the Potawatomi Pavilion and four times at the Tiki Stage. I’m playing every other Friday outside of Magellan’s for Friday Night Live. I’m also playing the next two Saturday’s at Saloon On Calhoun. I started playing lunches at both Potbelly’s and Saturday June 23 at 3pm I’m playing at the Potbelly Music Festival at the beautiful Town Square at Bayshore. You can find all dates and times on my gig page.
Thanks for your continued support! Look forward to seeing you this summer!
May 26, 2012 The Start of Summer
I’m real excited that summer is here! I’ve got many things happening!
My biggest news is that I’m graduating high school in 2 weeks! I’m ready to “make the impossible possible.”
I’m playing at the Lakefront Festival of the Arts on June 15. I’ll be at Saloon On Calhoun twice, opening for Social Club and Andrew Gelles. I’m excited to announce that during Summerfest I’m playing 4 times at the Tiki Hut Stage along the Lake. Check my Gig Tab for more info.
Potbelly Sandwich Shops gave me my start performing. I’m honored that I’m one of four musicians chosen to be featured on their national website. Here is the link to the interview I did a few months ago: Potbelly Interview
I’m now a member of the Wisconsin Country Music Association. This great organization promotes country music in the state of Wisconsin. I’ve enjoyed getting to know this great group of friendly, generous people and look forward to next year!
I hope everyone has a happy Memorial Day! Please take the time to remember those who have served and currently serve our great nation.
See you this Summer!
April 30, 2012 May Happenings
The month of May will be another exciting month for me. I’ll be celebrating my 18th birthday!
This Wednesday, May 2nd I’m scheduled to be on Fox 6 Wake Up around 8:45am and I’m also the featured performer at Linneman’s Open Stage.
I’ve got a lot of other awesome gigs coming up. On May 30th I’ll be opening for James Lee Stanley at Shank Hall. Check out the gig tab to see the complete list. Hope you can make it out and say hi!
I hope you got the chance to view my YouTube videos of me and my friend Andrew Edstrom: Holding Out For A Hero We Found Love We’ve been having a lot of fun playing together! You can see us live at Chocolate Fest on May 25th! Stay tuned for some other great gigs this summer!
April 16, 2012 WAMI Rising Star
I’m very pleased and humbled to announce that I am the 2012 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Rising Star! I was awarded this honor by votes of music industry peers at last night’s WAMI Awards held in Appleton. Congratulations to all the nominees. I also was privileged to share the stage with other great WAMI artists at the Downtown Alive showcase in Appleton. WAMI is a great organization of dedicated people that help promote the awesome musicians we have in Wisconsin. Thank you WAMI!
I’ve got some great opportunities to perform coming up. Check out my gig tab. Hope to see you!
March 26, 2012
Happy Spring! Summer is right around the corner!
Thanks for helping me “make the impossible possible”
I need your help to “Rock the Ark” and play Noah’s Ark this summer. Please vote for my video of “Before He Cheats” here: Voting Link There’s only 4 videos entered. With your help I can win!
The voting is this week only. Please vote for me once each day through Sunday, April 1. I would appreciate that you share the voting link with all your family and friends.
I’ve been real busy. I just finished performing four shows at Vogel Hall with my awesome friends in Main Street Song & Dance Troupe . Thanks to all who supported us! Look for us this summer.
I’ve got some exciting news! I’ve just been nominated for a WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award in the “Rising Star” category. This is my second nomination and I’m very honored! Here’s a link to all the nominees: WAMI Nominations I’ve also been invited to play at Downtown Alive WAMI Music Showcase in Appleton on April 14.
I hope you can tune in to Radio Milwaukee 88.9 FM on April 12 at 4pm. I will be an in studio guest on 414 Music with Jordan Lee. I’ve got some great gigs coming up. Please check out my gig page.
February 24, 2012
Even though it snowed today Spring is in the air! The birds are tweeting - and so am I. I’ve joined Twitter! I’m just getting started, and I hope you will consider following me. Nora Collins Twitter
Voting ends soon for the following: (click on underlined links) Voting for both is very simple. I’m thankful for your continued support!
As I’ve mentioned previously, I’m performing at some great shows this spring. I’m glad I can now share them with you. Make sure to check out my gig page.
Thank you friends for helping me “make the impossible, possible”! I hope you can come and see me and the great artists I get to perform with.
February 14, 2012
Hello everybody, I hope you are having a great week!
I've had over 40,000 hits on my website...thanks everyone for visiting!!
The 2012 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Award show is coming up in April. The event celebrates the amazing talent we have here in Wisconsin. One of the categories that nonmembers can vote for is the “People’s Choice Award”. I hope you will consider voting for me here. I’m in the Southeast region. It only takes a minute to vote.
Also, I am honored that I am included in the 88Nine Milwaukee Music Awards Ballot in two categories. I’m in the Album of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year categories. I hope you will consider voting for me here.
Please share these voting opportunities with your friends and family. I really appreciate your support!
Stay tuned...I've got some really exciting shows coming up in March and April that I can’t wait to share with you!
December 20, 2011
Thanks to everyone who came and saw me in GREASE! It was such an amazing experience and I am so proud to have been apart of that production.
I had a great time in Nashville but I'm happy to be back home to do some awesome gigs! This Thursday please tune in to channel 4 at 9am for The Morning Blend (http://www.themorningblend.com) . I was invited to sing some Christmas songs. Also, I am very excited to announce that this Friday I will be judging the Milwaukee's Got Talent contest at Winter Fest and performing before the final round. I will also be performing at Winter Fest on December 29 from 3-4pm. http://www.milwaukeewinterfest.com
2011 has been a great year for me! Thanks to you all for your continued support. 2012 looks like it will be another exiting year! Stay tuned for information about up coming shows by checking my gig page, Facebook or ReverbNation.
Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!
Nov 22, 2011
I just got back from a trip to Nashville and had a great time. I’ll be heading back in a couple weeks to continue writing. I’ve just added some new videos on YouTube from Chick Singer Night, which was a blast, and from the “There’s A Drought” benefit concert to help the starving people of Africa who are dealing with a horrible drought. Please do what you can to support them.
I am currently #1 on the Country charts on Reverb Nation! I couldn’t do this without great fan support. Thank you so much for helping make this happen. Also, I am Sandy in my school’s musical production of Grease! The shows are Friday December 2 at 7:30pm, Saturday December 3 at 7:30pm and Sunday December 4 at 2pm at the Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are going fast so be sure to get yours in advance! I’d love to see you there!
In December I have some awesome appearances scheduled including Winterfest, The Morning Blend TV show and a radio show! Keep an eye out on my calendar for the details!
Thanks for the continued support! May everyone have a great Thanksgiving and holiday season!
Oct 16, 2011
Hey everybody! I am honored to have been asked to be a part of an amazing collaboration including fifteen Wisconsin musicians to release an album of all original music called, “There’s A Drought.” The CD is only $12 and all of the proceeds will benefit drought and famine victims in Africa. I will take orders at all of my gigs or you can go online to order at: http://www.spiritonerecords.com/CDs/cd_theres_a_drought.htm . There will also be some promotional appearances that will be announced soon. Thank you for your generosity!
Oct 11, 2011
Hey everybody! I've got some exciting news! I just won first place for the CD Roulette competition with WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry)! I get to play at a major venue next summer! Thank you so much WAMI for this amazing opportunity! Congratulations to all who submitted! We have such a talented state!
Also, I was just cast as Sandy in my school muscial Grease! I'm so excited! I've got two exciting shows coming up in December! Stay tuned for details! Thanks for checking out my website!
Sept 11, 2011
Last Night I sang the National Anthem for the Professional Bull Riders Tour Milwaukee Invitational. While I was singing the Anthem there were six 2,000 pound bulls crashing into the gates behind me. YeeeHaww! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7eLQXrcWa3I
I had the most awesome time ever! If you've never gone you need to check it out. I even got to meet Cord McCoy from The Amazing Race and see the first flights right off the dirt up against the fence! Special thanks to Jack Carnefix who spent a lot of time with us and introduced us to Cord!
Sept 4, 2011
Hey y’all! I had a great time in Nashville! I met so many wonderful people, played some songwriter rounds, and had some meetings. I’ll be posting a video or two soon! I also did my first co-writes and really enjoyed it! Big thanks to my dear friend Lisa Medill for all her help!
September is going to be another busy month! Next weekend I’ve got a lot going on. On Friday night I’m really looking forward to playing at The Coffee House and Angelo’s Café Vino! Saturday I’m playing at the Delafield Art Walk and Martifest. I’ve also been asked to sing the National Anthem at the Professional Bull Riders Tour! Giddy Up Cowboys!
On September 24th I am doing a big event for Nine West at Boston Store in Brookfield Square! I’m thrilled to be modeling and promoting their new clothing line! I will be performing and 94.5 Lake FM will be there. Stop by and say hi!
As always I am at the two Brookfield Potbelly’s! For all my events check out my gig page for dates and times.
Since the stores are already putting up Christmas decorations, it’s never too early to think of stocking stuffers! How about my CD, “Run Away With Me!” I’ve always got them with me :)
August 5, 2011
I'm off to Nashville today with some great news...I won the Wisconsin State competition of the Texaco Country Showdown! I get to continue on to the Midwest regional competition on November 5. Check out the press release here.
I also had a great time on The Morning Blend this week. Here are the links to the two songs I sang:
Finally, here's the link to my feature story in OnMilwaukee.com:
July 31, 2011
It’s been a busy summer and it looks like August will be too.
I’ve been invited back to perform on The Morning Blend this Wednesday, August 3. The show airs on Channel 4 at 9 am; for more information go to www.themorningblend.com
On Aug 4, I’m competing at the Wisconsin State Final of the Texaco Country Showdown. It’s at 7pm at the Cousin’s Stage. I hope you can come out and support me and the other contestants.
Then I’m off to Nashville! I’m meeting some friends from last year’s trip. I hope to make new friends at the open mics and songwriter rounds. See my gig page for details.
When I get back I’m playing at a couple of art fairs. Hope to see you! Thanks for all your support!
July 14, 2011
Looking forward to performing from 3:30-5pm this Friday for the ICC Bike Race at the Civic Plaza in Brookfield and I'll be kicking off the race by singing the National Anthem! Hope to see you there!
Also check out my sound check with Tap Milwaukee at
This Sunday I will be on Simply Folk (90.7) radio show at 5pm! Can't wait!!
July 1, 2011
Thank you so much to everyone who came out and saw me at Summerfest! It was such an amazing experience and I’m so lucky and grateful to everyone who came! What a thrill to have performed on the same stage as the country great Loretta Lynn!
I’m really looking forward to performing again at Summerfest July 5th on the Potawatomi Stage with the WAMI Youth Showcase starting at noon!
Check out the Journal Sentinel for a fabulous review of my new cd! Here’s the link: Journal Sentinel review of Run Away With Me.
I’m excited to perform the National Anthem and entertain during the ice cream social after Brookfield’s 4th of July Parade at the Civic Plaza. Hope to see you there!
June 16, 2011
I won the Milwaukee regional of the Texaco Country Showdown! I will be performing at the State Final at 7pm on August 4th at the Wisconsin State Fair on the Cousins Stage! WOW - Summerfest and the State Fair in the same year!
June 15, 2011
Thanks to everyone who voted for me in the CBS 58 contest. Unfortunately I didn't win but congratulations to The Squeezettes! I will however be opening for them at noon on June 29th at the M&I Bank Stage! Hope to see you there. Also, I have been selected to perform in the WAMI Youth Showcase at Summerfest on July 5th at noon on the Potawatomi Stage. I will be playing live in the studio for radio show, Simply Folk ( WHAD FM 90.7) on July 17th at 5pm. I really appreciate your continued support!
June 6, 2011
I’ve been selected as one of two finalists in the CBS 58 “Just 10 Minutes” Summerfest Contest. I really need your help to achieve my dream and win a chance to play at Summerfest. The good news is that this contest doesn’t take much time!
Today through Sunday June 12, my video will be posted at CBS 58 website. You can vote for me to win an opening day stage slot at Summerfest. Here is the direct link to view the videos and vote: http://www.cbs58.com/pages/just10contest/vote.php. Please vote once each day from any individual valid e-mail address. If you vote more than one time per day your vote will be disqualified. You don’t have to live in Wisconsin to vote.
So please forward this to your family, friends, classmates and co-workers and ask them to vote. Thank you for all the help you’ve given me and I appreciate your continued support!
Thanks again for your help!
PS For those of you who don’t know, I recently released my second CD, “Run Away With Me”. I wrote all the lyrics and music. Check out my Electronic Press Kit at http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/noracollins where you can listen to the first three songs!
June 1, 2011
My CD “Run Away With Me” is now on iTunes, cdbaby and Amazon! Please check it out! I would appreciate it if you tell your friends and post reviews on those websites. Thanks!
May 1, 2011
“Run Away With Me” is finally done!!! It will be available soon on iTunes and CD baby but if you’d like to get a hard copy come to Café de Arts (http://www.cafedearts.com/) in Waukesha on May 7th from 6:30-8:30 for an unofficial CD release party! I am so excited about this CD and can’t wait to share it with you! Hope to see you Saturday May 7th at Café de Arts!
April 14, 2011
Here is the link for my appearance on The Morning Blend
A story about me is on Patch.com. At the end of the article is a place for comments. Could you write one? Here is the story link.
I’m really excited about the WAMI’s Sunday. Good luck to all the nominees!
Aug 18, 2010
Hey everybody! I just got back from Music City USA (Nashville)! My wonderful friend Lisa showed me around and introduced me to some amazing people! I participated in a few songwriters rounds and my first co-write which was a lot of fun! Also I had the privilege to have a one-on-one session about
with Linda Davis! She is a fantastic teacher! I really learned a lot! Bill Whyte, originally from Wisconsin and formerly worked at FM106, met with me as well! He is such a nice guy and a hilarious song writer. While in Nashville, I had the opportunity to record two of my songs in different studios. Run Away With Me was recorded with Steve Rutledge http://www.myspace.com/steverutledgemusic at his studio Steel String Studio. Thanks Steve :) I recorded Dimples Filled With Lies with Lee Turner http://www.boogiemanstudio.com/ at his studio Boogie Man Studio. Thank you Lee :) Also, I would love to thank all of the talented musicians who played on my songs: Steve Rutledge, Lee Turner (with Darius Rucker), Brian Nutter (with Keith Urban), Matt Billingslea (with Lady Antebellum), Pat Seavers, and Glenn Snow (with Martina McBride). Thank you all so very much! You took my songs to the next level! There's only one first trip to Nashville and mine is a sweet memory.