Collins is one of those unsung voices that have made the songs you know and love the classics they are. Like the singers of 20 Feet From Stardom, Collins has sung on some of the best loved songs of the last 50 years, appearing on recordings by John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, KISS, Todd Rundgren and the Electric Light Orchestra. In other words you may not know Collins by name, but you certainly know her voice.
Now you have a chance to put a face to the name, as they say. Collins returns to New York City's Cutting Room on Friday, October 4th, with her "You Can Take the Girl Outta Brooklyn (But You Can't Take Brooklyn Outta the Girl)!" revue. The show, set for 8 PM, features Collins performing with musical director Bette Sussman and friends and singers from the heyday of rock Ula Hedwig and Angela Cappelli, and tells Collins' remarkable life story, from singing a cappella on the streets of her Brooklyn housing project to working with rocks biggest names. And like 20 Feet From Stardom, for which Collins was interviewed, the live show embodies the film’s triumphant echoes of an amazing voice that millions have loved without ever knowing Collins' name.
I can attest to Collins' remarkable voice and charisma firsthand. She appeared on several tracks on my latest solo album Birds of Paradox, masterfully duetting with me on the track "A Little Piece of Me". But it's no secret why Collins -- the first person to utter the words "Hello Cleveland!" from the stage (in Philadelphia, of course) -- has been packing them in at the Cutting Room since it reopened earlier this year. The show is a classic rock fans' dream come true; an opportunity to hear one of the all-time great rock and pop vocalists live. A big sound with no studio tricks.
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