Vanessa Collier

Saxophonist. Vocalist. Songwriter.

heart soul & saxophone


[Collier’s] rise to the top has almost been meteoric. She was just nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award in the category of Best Instrumentalist – Horn…Kudos to Collier.
— Richard Ludmerer
Vanessa’s audience will always be provided with an exceptionally entertaining, high-energy performance containing an array and combination of musical genres. Her apparent passion for her music, refreshing stage presence, singing saxophone elegance and musicianship combined with her distinctive vivacious vocal inflections makes a Vanessa Collier show a unique musical experience and a must on any ones “need to see” list.
— Frank J. Lombardo, Nightlift Magazine
This was a really impressive CD. Collier has outdone herself…I highly recommend this one to lovers of the soulful and funky side of blues
— Steve Jones, Crossroads Blues Society
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)
This record completely caught me off guard and it floored me
— Johnny Fulltime, Fulltime Blues Radio
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
Vanessa is an important part of the future of blues, and it would cool to support her journey
— Rex Bartholomew, Blues Blast Magazine

Master musician and multi-talented blues performer, Vanessa Collier, was recently nominated for a 2017 Blues Music Award (BMA). The Philadelphia based vocalist/saxophonist/songwriter is currently on an 11 country European tour with Ruf’s Blues Caravan, alternating between tour legs in Europe and touring back in the U.S. with a talented 5-piece band, throughout 2017. With searing saxophone solos, soulful vocals, and witty lyrics, Vanessa’s songwriting takes you through an engaging blend of blues, funk, rock, and soul in an exceptionally entertaining, high-energy performance.

A graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Vanessa’s alluring vocals and stinging saxophone work saw her light up stages as part of Joe Louis Walker’s band (2012-2013), while her 2014 debut album Heart Soul & Saxophone was declared “magnificent” on Dan Aykroyd’s blues radio show, winning her accolades as a Best of 2014 Blues Breaker.

With the success of her debut album and her charismatic live performances, Vanessa has been in demand touring throughout the world and is excited to celebrate the March 2017 release of her highly anticipated sophomore album Meeting My Shadow.

Vanessa also maintains a private saxophone studio teaching around 30 students per week. She volunteers her time in schools in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland; serves as an adjudicating judge at solo & ensemble festivals; and offers jazz, blues, and saxophone clinics throughout the United States.



Vanessa proudly endorses Selmer saxophones exclusively.