Antoine L. Collins was born to sing! His road to the stage was circuitous. Born in the steel town of Gary, Indiana, though 15 years after Michael Jackson, they were nurtured by the same Chicago blues via the Mississippi Delta. Due to no fault of its own, Gary is currently part of America’s rust belt. Formerly a beacon of hope, Gary offered a second chance at life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for millions of African American refugees seeking asylum from the tyranny in America’s South. This is the chocolate city that nurtured him. This is where the seed to entertain was planted.
Like many creatives, Antoine didn’t readily embrace his talent. Evermore industrious and clever, he opted for the safe route and obtained a Juris Doctorate from John Marshall School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. Antoine practiced as a Baltimore city prosecutor, civil attorney in Canada and ultimately hung out his own shingle.
The nagging feeling in his soul would not allow him to squander his talents. Gifted with a voice, Antoine debuted in a Canadian production of “Rent”. After an intercontinental move to Israel, Antoine was cast as Seaweed J. Stubbs in “Hairspray”, followed by “Little Shop of Horrors” as Audrey II, Richie Walters in “A Chorus Line” and Benny in a Jerusalem production of “RENT”. He performed weekly in the Tel Aviv-based cabaret act, Showstoppers and as Benny in the concert version of RENT at the renowned Hamima 4 Stage in Tel Aviv.
Expression through musicals and performance theatre led him to explore his jazz roots. In 2015, with the help of pianist Asaf Finkelstein, Antoine released Somewhere Along The Way. He graced us with standards like My Funny Valentine, I Put a Spell On You, and A Night in Tunisia. Inspired by the late great Nat King Cole, Antoine released Nature Boy, complete with favorites by the legend in 2015.
His future is bright! Not even COVID can hold him back. Antoine’s fans have anticipated his latest and most personal release – L – after his middle name, Lamont. Singing original music self-authored and composed, you can expect evolution as Antoine has grown both musically and personally.
Silky and smooth – Antoine L. Collins’ voice transports the listener to another world. A place where you coast and life is uncomplicated.
A modern-day crooner with a baritone register, Antoine draws inspiration from many jazz, blues, and soul greats. Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Chet Baker, Joe Cocker, Tony Bennett, Ray Charles, Sammy Davis Jr., Count Basie, Bing Crosby, and Louis Armstrong are just some of the musicians that influenced him.
Antoine has released two jazz albums and one dance single – Don’t Cry.
Somewhere Along the Way – Head bopping, body swaying jazz standards. Accompanied by double bassist Guy Levi, saxophonist Kobi Salomon, drummer Roi Oliel and jazz pianist Asaf Finkelstein.
Nature Boy, the Music of Nat King Cole-Antoine’s sophomore project. “Because NKC was such a masterful storyteller, the songs featured on this project addresses universal themes. Antoine takes the listener on an emotional and spiritual journey through the experiences of fear and love, struggle and hope.
L- Antoine’s first collection of original jazz songs. “By focusing for the first time on songwriting, I hope to convey my own insights into the human experience, drawing from daunting personal challenges which I face as a musician and as a gay Black man reared in the United States foster care system.” He uses his own stories to express the universal emotions of life, loss, longing, and love.
The essence of a jazz singer is storytelling. Antoine strives to breathe new life into jazz for all to enjoy for years to come.
Conceived as a celebration of the incomparable Nat King Cole, Antoine’s new recording, Nature Boy: The Music of Nat King Cole, is far more than a tribute album. Produced by acclaimed Producer/Arranger Phillip Victor Bova, Antoine’s new album refreshes the powerful emotions of passion, pleasure, humor and melancholy in Nat King Cole’s most beloved songs, and revisits his many deeply personal messages of struggle, hope, love and regret. Fittingly, Antoine chose to salute the late Nat King Cole on his 99th birthday with a sold-out album release party on March 17, 2018!
Antoine recounts: “As a singer, I try to interpret classic songs using my own personality and inner compass to make them live again for new generations of listeners and musicians. For me, that is what recording Nature Boy was all about. As a musician who has faced my own personal challenges, I always turn to music to find the awe and insight from our human experiences to help me carry on. Whenever I sing, I try to offer this kind of inspiration to others. I loved these songs even as a young man, and in recording new arrangements with Phillip Victor Bova, I sought to breathe new life into them for a new generation, while still conveying the essential emotion and joy of Cole’s original works.”
You Chose Me conveys a new take on old-school music that will transport you back to the days of Earth, Wind & Fire or Peaches and Herb while echoeing the best of Brouno Mars, Joes James, Mary J. Blige, Michael Bublé among others. The single surprises with the versatility of its original composition and the silky, smooth vocals for which Antoine is known. You Chose Me expresses both the joy and trepidation of being in love. A throw-back to the mid-80’s, this retro up-tempo Funk/Pop tune features elements of Antoine’s Jazz sensibility. This breezy, bright tune will perfectly complement your summer play list. Get ready to revel in its “feel-good” nostalgia of a simpler time! Produced by Bryan Ruckstuhl of Showbox Recording Studio, with Alex Mastronardi on Bass, Kelly Craig on Trumpet, Marianne Dumas on Keys, Mike McNeil on Drums, Mitch Mainville on Guitar and Rebecca Noelle’s vocals. Lyric video by Alex Sinclair of Sincronize Productions.