Licity Collins is fearless
Combining her raw passionate voice, intense rhythmic guitar, penetrating lyrics and spoken word, Licity creates music and shows that are unique, immersive and memorable experiences that will change your life—lighting a fire in the part of you that is fearless too.
Licity Collins may be one of the few artists who can claim profiles on both NPR and Fox News. In this time of harsh divisions, Licity's passion bridges audiences and touches people in that place we all share, that place she embodies—of raw, honest, fearless emotion.
“Courageous, engaging them by looking them in the eye and writing and singing, sort of, full frontal.” —NPR’s Here & Now
“Lyrical, intense, intimate and relatable, a diary into Collins' mind that listeners may see as a mirror into their own lives.” —FoxNews..com
"Licity is on a mission. As a member of Licity's "Love Circle" I feel inspired and supported by her openness and courage."
—Cavana, Love Circle Member
say yes to love.
Humans are emotional creatures. So much of our power and potential comes from our feelings. It is our natural state to be open to possibility. It is our natural state to love. But we forget this, because we are so often afraid. People tell me I am "raw" and "fearless" because I remind them that it is safe to be open—that it is safe to say yes to love. Let me keep you company, give you courage, and bear witness along this complicated human journey.
My songs are rooted in folk music then layered with the sounds of classic rock. Folk music gives us a beautiful language to honestly examine our inner and outer dilemmas. It keeps us company. Rock gives us the grit we need to transform our lives. It gives us courage. My prose, written the style of a diary, lays bare the heart-wrenching rise and falls of our attempts to navigate the unknown. It bears witness. These music and literary traditions have been blood transfusions in my life—giving voice to what I did not know I was allowed to feel.
I believe that any path to healing must involve a deep connection to our emotions. I trust that folk and rock and writing can help us make that connection. My wish for humanity is that we rediscover our natural state—open to love and possibility.
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.
Her follow-up live album LOVE COURAGE YES jumps through your speakers and makes you feel like you are the room. Songs deliver Licity's signature passion, revealing lyrics, and raw authenticity. Deeply personal spoken word readings transport you into the most intimate feelings from the hotel room for her mother’s funeral to a bedroom under a quirky lover. Licity has a gift for allowing herself to be raw and honest in her performance, striving for authenticity over perfection. In this way she becomes a fellow traveler with her listeners, placing herself not above them on the stage, but walking next to them as a companion on their journeys.
Licity's prose, written and performed, is "another form of singing," creating an added layer of intimacy with her audience. Grief Out Loud celebrated the writing as "Totally moving. Extremely powerful." Licity lays bare the intimate and sometimes excruciating details of life to her audience, creating a genuine connection.
Backstory: Licity Collins grew up in the cello section of the Washington DC Youth Orchestra and hears all music like a symphony. But when her cranky cello teacher got angry at her for not practicing, and yelled, “What do you want to play, saxophone?” she took up the saxophone. Singing has always given Licity a voice to express parts of her that could not be easily spoken. She performed choral music from first soprano to tenor in eight different languages recording her very first album with her fourth grade chorus, on which she also played a solo on the "sticks." Many years later, in the fall of 2012, music tapped her on the shoulder and said, “It’s time,” so she got a guitar. Her debut folk-meets-classic-rock album ONE GIRL TOWN was released in the spring of 2018. In the years between cello and guitar, Licity created installation, assemblage, and performance art. She co-founded and designed award-winning sets for a boundary-pushing consensus-based theatre company, and brought theatre as a tool of expression and healing to women in prison. After living in Washington DC, Providence, Chicago and Portland OR, Licity is currently based in the small quirky town of Ojai, California.