Recently nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award (BMA) and fresh off the second leg of her 2017 European tour with the Blues Caravan, master musician and multi-talented blues performer, Vanessa Collier, returns to Biscuits & Blues with her talented 5-piece band. Expect powerful saxophone solos, soulful vocals, and witty lyrics as Vanessa’s songwriting takes you through an engaging blend of blues, funk, rock, and soul in an exceptionally entertaining, high-energy performance.
Dubbed an “old soul”, Vanessa Collier is a multitalented saxophonist, vocalist, and award-winning songwriter. Vanessa delivers soulful bluesy vocals and gritty saxophone solos, demonstrating masterful musical skill in each incredible high-energy performance.
Vanessa started her career touring with Grammy award winning, bluesman Joe Louis Walker for a year and a half, while completing dual degrees in Performance and Music Production & Engineering at the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston. In late 2014, Vanessa released her debut album and launched a national debut tour.
Flashing her warm trademark smile and humbly taking control of the stage, Vanessa leads a remarkably talented band through blues standards and originals, alike, blending blues, funk, rock, and soul. Through her music, Vanessa pays tribute to blues greats while bringing her own voice and her own twist to each song.
Over the past year, Vanessa has earned honors as a Best of 2014 Blues Breaker (Dan Aykroyd’s BluesMobile). She was also recognized for her songwriting as a top three finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. Vanessa and her band also competed in the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis early this year and advanced through the semifinals round as they represented the Billtown Blues Association out of Pennsylvania.
“Vanessa Collier, beautiful to look at, but even better to listen to. Where can you find so many qualities in one person simultaneously? With her singing, her songwriting and especially as extraordinary saxophonist, she throws a bullseye!” — ROOTSTIME.BE
“Vanessa herself, left me with jaws agape. First her voice. Powerful yet under control. A feeling for the BLUES and when she puts the horn to her lips and BLOWS, man o man o man.” — Al Kanovsky, Jazz & Blues Florida“A young woman named Vanessa Collier has issued her first album called HEART SOUL AND SAXOPHONE. She wrote all but two of the songs, sings ‘em, and plays some magnificent sax as well. Coming out of the famous Berklee School of Music in Boston, Vanessa spent some time on the road with bluesman Joe Louis Walker, among others, and is now poised to unleash herself on the world. Old school blues, jump and jive, and some sunny new school R&B” — The BluesMobile (Elwood's Blues Breaker - House of Blues Radio)