Ottawa-based jazz singer/songwriter/entertainer Antoine L Collins was born to perform! With a voice that brings a new passion to timeless classics and original tunes, and a stage presence that commands attention, Antoine has established himself as a rising star in the jazz music scene.
Known for his velvety smooth vocals and phrasing, Antoine’s performances transport audiences to a by-gone era of jazz, where every note tells a story. Whether he’s crooning a romantic ballad or belting out an up-tempo swing number, his dynamic baritone range and expressive delivery captivate listeners and leave them wanting more. With a string of successful performances at well-known venues and festivals, Antoine has garnered critical acclaim and a devoted following. His ability to connect with audiences on an emotional level and create an intimate atmosphere truly sets him apart.
Growing up as a foster child in the steel town of Gary, Indiana Antoine’s musical tastes were influenced by the jazz and blues sounds of nearby Chicago, including the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, and Billie Holiday. Drawing from this rich history and artistry of jazz, Antoine has crafted a unique and modern sound that pays homage to the genre while pushing its boundaries.
Antoine holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. As a young attorney, he prosecuted child abuse and domestic violence cases for the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, before immigrating to Canada and exploring his love for music and theatre.
After his debut performance in a Canadian production of RENT, he moved to Israel, performing in Jerusalem as: Seaweed J. Stubbs in “Hairspray”, Audrey II in “Little Shop of Horrors”, Richie Walters in “A Chorus Line”, and Benny, again in “RENT”. In Tel Aviv, he performed in the Showstoppers Cabaret and played Benny in a concert version of “RENT” at the renowned Habima Theatre.
Further exploring his jazz roots, Antoine is also a gifted songwriter, penning heartfelt lyrics that resonate with audiences on a profound level. His original compositions effortlessly blend elements of jazz, blues, pop, and soul, creating a captivating musical experience that is uniquely his own. Antoine ‘s personality, style, positivity and warmth is also reflected in his community service and ongoing support for a more enlightened and inclusive community.
Prepare to be captivated by the mesmerizing talent of Antoine L Collins!