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“Courageous...writing and singing full-frontal.”
— NPR's Here & Now
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 layers intimate folk music with classic rock bravado, seasoned with personal spoken word prose. NPR's Here & Now described her as "writing and singing full frontal." Licity says, "I like cognitive dissonance and my people like to look each other in the eye."
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—the place she embodies—of raw, honest, fearless emotion.
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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 combines intimate folk music layered with classic rock bravado. To this she adds, unexpectedly personal spoken word prose. NPR’s Here & Now described her as “writing and singing full frontal.” Fox News.com called her music, “Lyrical, intense, intimate and relatable...that listeners may see as a mirror into their own lives.” Licity may be one of the few artists who can claim profiles on both the liberal NPR and conservative Fox News, proving that in this time of harsh divisions, Licity's passion bridges audiences and touches people in that place we all share—the place she embodies—of raw, honest, fearless emotion. Licity believes there are no wrong notes and as a result 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 says, "I like cognitive dissonance and my people like to look each other in the eye." Her debut album ONE GIRL TOWN was released in 2018 and her music+spoken Live Album LOVE COURAGE YES: LIVE AT THE UNDERGROUND EXCHANGE was released in 2019.
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 because she felt invisible in a world which too often ignored who she was for what she was. This fuels her passion for raw, honest, true stories shared any way possible. 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.
One Girl Town
working with the BEST
LICITY'S Passion is Contagious
LOVE COURAGE YES is enhanced by Mark Goldenberg on Electric and Acoustic Lead Guitar, Brian Griffin on Drums and Maxwell Pierce on Bass. Together these tremendous musicians have worked around the globe with artists including Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, Manolo Garcia, Patti Smith, Dolly Parton, Iggy Pop, Sharon Jones, and David Gray. Mark also contributed his exhilarating electric guitar on the One Girl Town album.
ONE GIRL TOWN features an all-star line-up of musicians: Kevin McCormick—Bass, Steve DiStanislao—Drums, Mark Goldenberg—Electric Guitars, Produced—Jeff Evans and Licity Collins. These team members work with icons of the folk and rock world including David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, and David Gilmour.
Both albums were recorded and mixed by Jeff Evans of Colourbox Recording whose credits include Bauhaus and Brett Dennen. Mastering by Kim Rosen of Knack Mastering who has mastered Aimee Mann, Birds of Chicago and received a Grammy nomination for Bonnie Raitt’s Dig in Deep.
Each of these incredible talents give testimony to the passion and high standards Licity brings to her music and her audience and seek continued opportunities to continue their collaboration.