One would suppose that the comparisons to Taylor Swift would be inevitable. A young, attractive, blonde singer/songwriter in the Country/Pop genre taking aim at stardom working tirelessly to get people to listen to her story through her songs.
But Nora Collins isn’t taking the bait, even if others are connecting those dots. She is laser-beam focused not on being the next Taylor but rather becoming the first Nora!
Nora is most definitely on her way. She has dropped her fourth CD — My Radio — and has hit the stage running from performance to performance. She is building a following that is growing as exponentially as her rise to the top has been meteoric.
It doesn’t matter if it’s in a corner of a Potbelly Sandwich Shoppe in her native Milwaukee area, at Summerfest or State Fair, she will slog through the gig to get her voice heard.
My Radio was recorded in Nashville with a full band, making a leap from her earlier acoustic efforts. That she is comfortable in the cradle of Country Music speaks volumes. An appearance at Ryman Auditorium seems not all that far away.
The Country Music TV network, ZUUS, recently debuted the title song’s video on their On The Rise segment, thus proving that Nora is indeed that.
The title track has a great hook that stays with you like a most-welcome ear worm. Nora gives a tip of the hat to the local motorcycle company with Harley.
This septet of songs, either written or co-written by Collins, has just the right amount of sass. Case in point, “you’ll be driving me home on the back of your Harley.”
Love triumphs over money in the poignant Gas Station Rose. Her beau comes home after a hard day’s work with a six-pack of suds and a solitary flower from the Speedway after a fill-up. It’s all she needs to get in the mood.
Bad For Me Boy and I’ll Be Gone both touch on relationships. The former about falling for a guy when you know he’s no good and the latter about dealing with a man who has drinking problems.
The bonus track, Rockin’ The Boat is perhaps not as subtle. The listener knows immediately what’s going on and rides the wave with Nora.
You will be hearing My Radio on your radio soon enough. And we all will be hearing more from Nora Collins as a result. There are countless young girls in her audiences that will dream of following in her footsteps.
They should know it takes a lot of hard work.
- My Radio
- Gas Station Rose
- Bad For Me Boy
- Can’t Fight The Sunrise
- I’ll Be Gone
- Rockin’ The Boat
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