senior Nora Collins was named as the 2012 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Rising Star at a ceremony Sunday at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton.
"Thank you so much; this is such an honor," Collins said at the ceremony, as she started to choke up. "I'm gonna cry. I really appreciate this. Thank you WAMI, and of course my parents. I couldn't do this without you."
Collins has two CDs out on iTunes, called "Red Chuck Taylors," and "Run Away With Me." She also has music videos posted on her website.
Collins was a nominee for the Rising Star award , and since then has won other awards, including the , a country music talent search.
She has played for several large audiences at events like the Wisconsin State Fair and , and she plays regularly at Potbelly's. She typically plays Friday nights at 5:30 at the at 17780 W Bluemound Rd., and Saturday nights at 6 p.m. at the at 12455 W Capitol Dr.