With a mesmerizing blend of soul, spirit, and sultriness, Vanessa Collier is a refreshing young saxophonist and vocalist, uniting jazz music with elements of soul, blues, Latin, and funk music. Vanessa continues to attract wide and diverse audiences with her fresh blend of genres, her singing saxophone style and distinctive voice, her captivating and confident on-stage presence, and her infectious passion for music. Vanessa’s passion for music began at the age of 11, when she played her first solo over the blues on saxophone; she was instantly deemed an “old jazz soul”. Vanessa believes that the soul is where all music originates and views music as a life journey of discovery that heals us, gives us peace, and magnifies the beauty in the world. Vanessa is currently attending Berklee College of Music on scholarship in Boston, Massachusetts, where she is working toward dual degrees in Jazz Performance and Music Production and Engineering. She maintains a 3.9/4.0 GPA average, while performing and recording in the Boston and Philadelphia areas, as well as writing music for her upcoming album. Vanessa is in demand as a recording artist and for live performances. She has been a part of many sessions at Berklee, one of which Don Was (Bonnie Raitt) helped to produce. Recently awarded the Sadao Watanabe Award for outstanding musical achievement, Vanessa has performed with many well-known artists, including Chris Vadala (Chuck Mangione), Bob Boguslaw (U.S. Marine Band), Dave Smith (Beach Boys), Andy Synowiec (Gordon Goodwin and the Big Phat Band), and most recently two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Kathy Mattea and guitarist Bill Cooley. Her influences include The Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Seal, Jill Scott, John Legend, Laura Izibor, Norah Jones, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove, and Cannonball Adderley. Vanessa’s enchanting style is best described as beautiful jazz meets soulful power with a hint of gritty blues and a splash of Latin!