Thursday, April 18, 2013
The Brookfield native has once again won a WAMI Award. She has a number of exciting shows coming up this summer.
Nora Collins of Brookfield was named the 2013 ”Rising Star” award winner at the 33rd annual WAMI Awards. This is Collin’s second consecutive win in the “Rising Star” category. The 18-year-old was also nominated for “Female Vocalist of the Year.” Wisconsin Area Music Industry, an organization that promotes Wisconsin music, held the awards ceremony on Sunday at Turner Hall. Collins has a busy summer schedule that includes opening for country music star Josh Turner on July 25 at the Washington County Fair and a July 2 Summerfest date at the Uline Warehouse stage. She is also slated to perform at Lakefront Festival of Arts, Bastille Days, Waukesha County Fair and the Wisconsin State Fair. She has written and recorded a new single, “I’ll …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Brookfield singer/songwriter Nora Collins will have a video of her original song, "Dimples Filled With Lies," air on The Country Network on Sunday.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
The honors keep pouring in for Brookfield's Nora Collins. The 18-year-old singer/songwriter, who was named the Wisconsin Area Music Industry's Rising Star earlier this year, has been selected as the "Breaking Out Artist of the Week" by The Country Network. TCN will feature Collins' music video "Dimples Filled with Lies" in its "Top 20 Countdown" program on Sunday. "I am so excited to be the 'Breaking Out Artist of the Week' on The Country Network," Collins told Patch. "I am an unsigned artist, so I am extremely honored that The Country Network is willing to play my video. It is so cool to see my music video being played along with some of the amazing artists I admire, like Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert." “Dimples," a song from her …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Stray Voltage plays the BMO Harris Pavilion stage today and Nora Collins performs at the Tiki Hut Sunday.
Some local acts are playing in the final weekend of the Big Gig. Brookfield-based classic rock band Stray Voltage hits the new BMO Harris Pavilion Stage from 2:30 p.m. today until Led Zeppelin tribute band No Quarter takes over at 5. Fresh off her high school graduation, rising Brookfield country pop singer-guitarist Nora Collins has performed throughout Summerfest, with her final act at the Tiki Hut at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Stray Voltage told its Facebook fans that the band was excited to play Summerfest: "New stages, some new material, a new face and great music that makes a cold beer taste so much better on a summer day! Hope to see you!" The cover band cites as its influences: "AC/DC to ZZ Top — great crunchy classic rock that gets your …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Teen tops top honor for new artist at Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards ceremony in Appleton.
Brookfield East 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 last year, and since then has won other awards, including the state title in the Texaco Country Showdown, a country music talent search. She has played for several…
Monday, August 29, 2011
Talented teen becoming a rising star in country music.
Brookfield East Senior Nora Collins has been busy this summer making a name for herself as singer, songwriter and performer. During the Wisconsin State Fair, Collins won the state title in the Texaco Country Showdown, America’s largest country music talent search. By doing so, she earned a spot in the Midwest Regional Final at the Menominee Casino in Keshena, WI. How well she does there will determine if she will advance to the final competition in Nashville, where she will compete for $100,000 and the coveted title, “Best New Act in Country Music.” Shortly after winning the competition at the state fair, Collin traveled to Nashville where she played in songwriter rounds and open mics, plus writing some new songs. She’s recently appeared …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Brookfield East High Senior Nora Collins performs two songs live for JSOnline.com's sound check feature.
Can't get enough of Nora Collins, the soon-to-be Brookfield East High senior who has had success writing her own country and pop songs? You can listen and watch her perform two of her songs on JSOnline's Tap Milwaukee, which also asked Collins to tell about herself and her music. Brookfield Patch featured Nora this year when she was nominated as as Rising Star at the WAMI awards and when she played Summerfest twice. Her latest CD is Runaway With Me, listed on her web site. You also can hear her live tomorrow during the International Cycling Classic in Brookfield's Civic Plaza. Her gig runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and she'll sing the National Anthem before the top men's race about 5:45 p.m.
The public event at the Civic Plaza features cyclists pedaling as fast as 40 mph, live music and local food vendors.
Cyclists going as fast as 40mph will speed past spectators Friday in the city's Civic Plaza. The public is invited to watch any of the eight amateur and pro races planned for starts between 9:30 a.m. and 6p.m., as well as enjoy live music and food from local vendors. Bring lawn chairs and blankets and find a spot near one the tight turns for the most excitement. For the second year, Brookfield is one of the host cities for the International Cycling Classic, being held this week in cities from DePere outside Green Bay down to Chicago. In Brookfield, the women's and men's pro races are slated to begin about 3:35 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. All races start and finish on Calhoun Road just south of the Civic Plaza, 2000 N. Calhoun Road. Cyclists pedal …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Families cooled after the Fourth of July parade with a little music and a lot of ice cream.
There's nothing better on a hot summer day than an Ice Cream Social. Photographer Aj Randall caught up with some area families who enjoyed the music and treats at Civic Plaza following the Fourth of July parade.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Country singer-songwriter Nora Collins, an East High senior next fall, will hit the M&I Bank stage when Summerfest opens at noon today.
Going to Summerfest today for Opening Day? One of the first acts to hit a stage will be Nora Collins, country singer-songwriter and Brookfield East High School senior. Collins will perform at noon today at the M&I Bank stage. Can't make it? You have another chance to catch her at noon July 5 at the Potawatomi stage when she performs as part of WAMI's Youth Showcase. Collins has a new CD out, her second. And here's a feature story Patch wrote about her in April when she was a nominee in the Rising Star category of the WAMI awards show. Want to hear more local musicians at Summerfest? The Brookfield Central Jazz Ensemble performs at 2:30 today on the Potawatomi Stage as part of the Bob Kames Foundation.