I believe that facing emotions is a beautiful, courageous act—and the only way to heal the world.
Humans are emotional creatures. I am perpetually in love with that part of us. As I watch people fear and avoid our emotional nature I see the root of the conflicts we now are trying to unravel through regulation, debate, and outright combat. There is such magic when we recognize the primacy of our emotional landscape and needs—we discover grounds on which we can negotiate. Only then can we relate to each other as equal humans, and if the world needs anything right now, it is to understand that we are indeed—all equal.
Folk music gives us the language to define our inner and outer dilemmas. Rock gives us the grit we need to transform them. Diaries reveal the intimate details of our attempts. These music and literary traditions have been blood transfusions in my life—rescuing me in the worst circumstances, reveling in the best—giving voice to what I did not know I was allowed to feel.
LICITY COLLINS' DEBUT RELEASE ONE GIRL TOWN is a testimony to the emotions that drive human relationships. Praised by FoxNewscom (yep, that’s right) as “lyrical, intense, intimate and relatable, a diary into Collins' mind that listeners may see as a mirror into their own lives” the genre-blending album has been embraced by both folk and rock radio programs. Creating a sonic experience of both intimacy and bravado, Licity’s sound is a refreshing unique experience that both cradles and challenges its listeners.
LICITY OFFERS THE OPEN DIARY as an intimate companion to her music. Grief Out Loud celebrated the writing as "totally moving, extremely powerful." Transcending the artificiality of social media, the subscription-based project lays bare the intimate and sometimes excruciating details of Licity’s life to its readers, creating a genuine connection.
Prior to releasing ONE GIRL TOWN Licity created interactive installation, assemblage, and performance art. Her trailblazing work received international gallery and media attention. She co-founded and designed award-winning sets for boundary-pushing consensus-based theatre company, and created a national model for using theatre in women’s prisons. It’s always been music, though—Licity grew up in the cello section of the orchestra, and performed choral music ranging eight different languages, spanning most of her life, recording her very first album with her fourth grade chorus. After stints in Washington DC, Providence, Chicago and Portland, Licity is currently based in Ojai, California.