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Vanessa Collier kicks off winter tour in Jim Thorpe

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    Vanessa Collier kicks off her latest tour on Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Published January 10. 2019 12:32PM


Acclaimed soulful blues singer/saxophonist Vanessa Collier kicks off her “Honey Up” U.S. Tour, in support of her recent album of the same name, with a performance at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway at 8 p.m. Friday

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to meet Collier and witness one of her head-turning, fiery and passionate performances, this is your chance.

As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Collier 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 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, released two critically acclaimed albums (2014’s “Heart, Soul & Saxophone” and 2017’s “Meeting My Shadow”), and her self-produced third album, “Honey Up,” in July 2018.

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, she “blew the doors off the Blues Music Awards”; Ottawa Blues Festival, where she earned rave reviews after her foot stomping debut there; 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, Vanessa 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 says.

“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.”

Also coming to the Opera House

• Saturday, Seamus Egan Project, 8 p.m.

• Jan. 18, Damn the Torpedoes, Tom Petty Tribute, 8 p.m.

• Jan. 19, Flowers for Taco, 8 p.m.

• Jan. 25, Smashed, 8 p.m.

• Jan. 26, Us And Floyd Tribute Band, 8 p.m.

• Feb. 1, AM Radio Tribute Band, 8 p.m.

• Feb. 2, Dead On Live, 8 p.m.

• Feb. 8 and Feb. 9, Tusk, The Fleetwood Mac Show, 8 p.m.

• Feb. 16, The Stranger, Billy Joel Tribute, 8 p.m.

• Feb. 17, John Nemeth Band, 7 p.m.

• Feb. 22, Frontiers, The music of Journey, 8 p.m.

• Feb. 23, Broken Arrow, the Neil Young Show, 8 p.m.

• Feb. 28, Chatham County Line, 8 p.m.

For tickets or for more information on any show, call 570-325-0249 or visit


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