Music & Videos
Silky and smooth – Antoine L Collins’ baritone vocals transport the listener to a simpler time and place. A modern-day crooner with a distinctive style, Antoine draws inspiration from the jazz, blues, and soul greats.
Antoine’s debut album “Somewhere Along The Way” won acclaim in the jazz world, delivering soulful and R&B-inspired takes on traditional standards such as “I Put A Spell On You”, “Orange Colored Sky,” and “Summertime.”
His second album “Nature Boy: The Music of Nat King Cole” delivered inspired reinventions of Cole’s top-charting hits. “Nature Boy” celebrated an outstanding musician who left an everlasting mark on the world of jazz. Antoine’s “Nature Boy” sought to share again with the world Cole’s intimate insights on life, and generate emotional and spiritual feelings that would resonate as deeply with new listeners, as with veteran jazz and Nat King Cole lovers.
“Dinner with Antoine,” is his latest endeavor and it will be his most personal recording project to date. Featuring all original jazz songs, this five track EP is inspired by the many dinner parties he has hosted, which were known for their fabulous food, cozy cocktails, clever conversation, and marvelous music. Each track reveals something of the atmosphere of these gatherings and offers insights into Antoine’s own continuing personal and musical journey. For instance: “Ella” pays tribute to all the strong women in his life, and “I Know” touches on the joy which comes from opening oneself up to new experiences and being vulnerable. Dedicated to his fans, this EP ranges from sultry ballads to funky swing tunes aimed to make the listener laugh, cry, dance and hopefully sing along.
Whether recording in the studio, performing musical theatre or live jazz concerts, Antoine exudes positive energy through his personality, style, warmth and romantic baritone vocals.
You Chose Me
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.
GET YOUR KICKS ON (ROUTE 66)
Directed by Alex Sinclair of Sincronize Productions. The love and romance of the iconic Route 66 continues to captivate people all around globe. As the song says this legendary road “winds from Chicago through LA, more than two thousand miles all the way”. Running through the heart of the United States, you can still find some amazing displays of neon signs, rusty middle-of-nowhere truck stops and take in some of the country’s most archetypal roadside scenes. This video captures the love and romance of it all!!
I PUT A SPELL ON YOU
Co-directed by the up-and-coming filmmaker Emily McDonnel, filmed in Ottawa’s historic Byward Market and the trendy Schad fashion boutique, this video delivers a modern, queer twist on relationships and self-reflection inspired by the famous Screaming Jay Hawkins’ song.
SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD
DEBUT ALBUM RELEASE CLIP
Video created and produced by Koby Ben Shushan 2015
WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
Spend The Night With Me – An Intimate Evening Of Jazz Standards at The Avalon Studios.
Nature Boy Release Video
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.”