Acclaimed soulful blues singer/saxophonist and 2019 Blues Music Awards “Instrumentalist-Horn” winner Vanessa Colliercontinues her 2019 Spring/Summer “Honey Up” U.S. Tour, supporting her most recent album of the same name, performing locally at Jazzbones, 2803 6th Ave., Friday, July 5. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 (general admission), $20 (reserved). Info: (253) 396-9169 or visit www.jazzbones.com.
As proof how far Collier has risen in the eyes of her peers, the young musician recently won Best Horn – Instrumentalist at the 2019 (40th Annual) Blues Music Awards, the equivalent of the “Blues Grammys,” this past May. Collier is currently nominated in five categories for the 2019 Independent Blues Awards and two categories for the 2019 Blues Blast Magazine Awards.
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to meet Vanessa Collier and witness one of her head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances, you should definitely make sure you do. As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, she weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance and she is downright impressive. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Collier is blazing a trail, racking up an arsenal of honors, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction and one we would all do well to watch.
It’s not simply the accolades she has accumulated so far, although they’ve been many – three Blues Music Award Nominations (BMAs) for Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year (2018) and Horn Player of the Year (2018 and 2017), a Blues Blast Award nomination, the Jamming-est Pro Award bestowed by the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, First Place for lyrics in the International Songwriting Competition, Best of 2014 Blues Breaker on Dan Aykroyd’s BluesMobile – it’s the fact that she has accumulated all these honors even while her career is still in its infancy. A 2013 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she’s toured nationally and internationally, and released three critically acclaimed albums (2014’s “Heart, Soul & Saxophone” and 2017’s “Meeting My Shadow”), and 2018’s self-produced third album, “Honey Up.”
These days, Collier spends much of her time on the road, performing at some of the most prestigious music festivals in the world. Her talents have taken her to the Blues Music Awards Show where, in the words of the Blues Foundation, Collier “blew the doors off the Blues Music Awards!;” Ottawa Blues Festival, where she earned two front page newspaper photos and rave reviews after her foot stomping debut there; twice on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, where she earned the Jamming-est Pro Award and was a featured artist with Tommy Castro’s Blues Review; Briggs Farm Festival, where she was the “most popular Briggs Farm act in 2017” (Elmore magazine), and the list continues. In 2017, Collier was also a featured artist in three major tours across Europe as part of Ruf’s 2017 Blues Caravan.
Collier says she’s happy performing on stages across the world, hoping that she can make a difference with fans and followers along the way. “I am driven to do this because I find it a total form of expression and connection,” she explains. “I love connecting with an audience and feeling their energy and I hope to inspire people to follow their dreams and passions, to find what brings them joy, and then to pursue it doggedly.”