Soulful blues singer/saxophonist Vanessa Collier will be one of the performers at the Forgotten Music Festival, a benefit for the victims of Hurricane Michael, Nov. 3 on the grounds of the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village, 4323 Commons Drive West, in Destin. Gates open at 11 a.m.
Presented by Forgotten Music LLC and Wellstock Festival, the event also features John Nemeth, Josh Hoyer, Lauren Mitchell, and Will Thompson. For tickets and information, visit www.forgottenmusicfestival.com.
As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Collier weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, she is blazing a trail, racking up an arsenal of honors, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction.
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 Berklee College of Music, she’s toured nationally and internationally, released three critically acclaimed albums (2014’s "Heart, Soul & Saxophone," 2017’s "Meeting My Shadow," and 2018's "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, Ottawa Blues Festival, twice on the Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise, Briggs Farm Festival, and others.
Collier said 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 said. “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.”