At 27 years of age, master musician and multi-talented blues performer Vanessa Collier has become an in-demand artist, bringing her charismatic charm, passionate and fiery performances, soulful voice, searing saxophone solos, and witty songwriting to the stage. Over the past year, Vanessa toured through 11 countries, alternating between tour legs in Europe as a featured artist with Ruf’s Blues Caravan and back in the U.S. and Canada with her talented 5-piece band.
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 Best of 2014 Blues Breaker. In 2017, Vanessa continued her success with the release of her sophomore album Meeting My Shadow, earning many prestigious honors and awards:
2018 Blues Music Award Nominee – Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year
2018 Blues Music Award Nominee – Instrumental – Horn Player of the Year
2017 Blues Music Award Nominee – Instrumental – Horn Player of the Year
2017 Blues Blast Award Nominee – Sean Costello Rising Star Award
2017 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise – Jammingest Pro Award
2017 USA International Songwriting Competition – First Place – Lyrics
2017 International Songwriting Competition – Finalist (Top 2%) – Performance
2017 Billboard Top 15 – Meeting My Shadow
2017 Living Blues Artist
2017 - 27 weeks on the Roots Music Charts
Selmer Endorsed Exclusive Woodwind Artist
Vanessa also works hard to share her love of music and the blues with the next generations. She maintains a private saxophone studio teaching around 30 students per week. Vanessa is active with Blues in the Schools programs; regularly 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.
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Vanessa proudly endorses Selmer saxophones exclusively.