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Country's Calling


June 2014

Photography courtesy of John Schulze

Move over, "American Idol" winners. Step aside, "Voice" finalists. Make room for Nora Collins. This 20-year-old singer/songwriter from Brookfield is continuing to make a name for herself on the local music scene. Collins was named the Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s 2012 and 2013 Rising Star of the Year and was recently named the 2014 WAMI Singer/Songwriter of the Year.

She’s studying business part time as she pursues her music career. And although she’s heard she looks and sounds like pop star Taylor Swift, she isn’t content with being another Swift. "I want to be the first Nora Collins," she says.

M: How do you get ideas for songs?

NC: "I’ve written 30 to 40 songs. I find that my best songs just come to me. I was driving home from a guitar lesson a year ago and saw a sign that said ‘speed limit 45.’ That became the opening line of a song I wrote called ‘Harley.’ The rest of the lyrics poured out of me. I’ve been wanting to write a song about Harley-Davidson for a long time. It became the first track of my current CD, "Only the Beginning," which just received a 5-star review from the website Got Country."

M: Where can local fans see you perform?

NC: "I’ve played Summerfest the last three years and I’m scheduled to be back again this summer. I play at Potbelly Sandwich Shop during lunch hours twice a week. I’m scheduled to open for Ronnie Milsap on Sept. 11 at the Pabst Theater. Go to my website,, to find out where I’ll be playing."

M: What is your personal mantra?

NC: "Make the impossible possible. I love music and performing. Music is very emotional and has the power to move people. I really want to do this for the rest of my life. I know that if I work hard and believe in myself, I can make the impossible possible."

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