I believe that opening to love and POSSIBILITY is a beautiful, courageous act—and the way to heal the world.
Humans are emotional creatures. I am perpetually in love with that part of us. I also believe that it is our natural state to be open to possibility. 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.
When someone tells me a song, or an essay of mine gives voice to their own feelings, or inspires them to take a step in a direction they dream about, it gives me hope. We can find restorative energy in a world that so often feels destructive. I love offering people company, courage, and being their 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 define 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 is in the style of a diary, a form which 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—rescuing me in the worst circumstances, celebrating in the best—giving voice to what I did not know I was allowed to feel.
My music and prose are a passionate “thank you” to the sounds and words that saved me and a petition, a plea, to humanity to rediscover our natural state—open to love and possibility.
Licity's 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 experience/album/videos 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 essays, written and performed, are an intimate companion to her music. Grief Out Loud celebrated the writing as "totally moving, extremely powerful." Her unique, personal, yet imaginative narratives lay 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. Licity grew up in the cello section of the orchestra, later making her dog howl with her saxophone. She has sung her whole life, performing choral music ranging eight different languages, recording her very first album with her fourth grade chorus, complete with her solo on the claves on a song about rats. After making homes in Washington DC, Providence RI, Chicago and Portland OR, Licity is currently based in Ojai, California.