NORA COLLINS TAKES #ITMUSTBECHRISTMAS SEASON OF GIVING CAMPAIGN TO SMYRNA TO SHOP WITH THE U.S. MARINE CORPS’ TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM
Tony Harrell (General Manager, MV2 Entertainment), SSgt Bowling (Middle TN Marine Toys For Tots Director), Nora Collins, Mr & Mrs. Patrick, Sandra Wright Laribo (Toys For Tots Middle TN Coordinator), Belinda Jo (Toys For Tots Volunteer Assistant), Sheila Wallace (Destiny Center Toys For Tots Toy Distribution Coordinator). Everyone joined forces at War-Mart to shower The Patrick family’s 3 children with Holiday Cheer and love this Christmas.
NASHVILLE – Nora Collins is celebrating the holidays by supporting causes and charities she believes in and she is encouraging her fans and followers to do the same during the season of giving #ITMUSTBECHRISTMAS.
Yesterday, Collins joined members of the U.S. Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots program to shop for families at the Smyrna Wal-Mart.
Collins shopped with The Patrick Family for their three children, who need an extra special Christmas this year after their mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer.
“It puts everything in perspective when all a child asks for at Christmas is more time with their mom,” Collins said. “What the U.S. Marine Corps delivers with this program is more than just toys, it’s hope.”
Collins kicked off the #ITMUSTBECHRISTMAS campaign on the National Day of Giving #GivingTuesday. The idea was simple; support causes and organizations she believed in during the holidays and encourage her fans and social followers to do the same and then share the results.
So far, Collins has stuffed backpacks for adoptive families with the Jockey Being Family Foundation, she sang for tips to support the Alzheimer’s Association, she collected donations for an animal shelter, delivered cookies to first responders, packed food boxes for Second Harvest Food Bank, and performed for children at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. Coming up she will be touring a long-term care facility with Musicians on Call and serving a meal to women and children with the Nashville Rescue Mission. WISN took notice Nora’s efforts to spread cheer and love this season recognizing her as their “Person of the Week.”
Collins said, “Generosity comes from the heart, not the depth of someone’s pockets. And I’ve really experienced how every gesture – no matter how small – can make a difference.”
Collins has her first Christmas EP It Must Be Christmas on MV2 Entertainment, which is available now at all online retailers and her website http://www.noracollins.com.
The EP, which is produced by MV2 Entertainment General Manager Tony Harrell, features contemporary and holiday classics such as “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Last Christmas,” “Merry Christmas Darling,” and “Silent Night” along with two songs that were co-written by Collins, “Christmas Kiss” and the title cut, which captures the heart of the holidays.
It Must Be Christmas follows her successful self-titled MV2 Entertainment debut with the popular single, “Guess I Woulda Known by Now.”
More about Nora Collins: 2017 was a busy year for Collins. She was chosen to judge auditions for “American Idol” in her hometown of Milwaukee. Country Living spotlighted her “stunning vocals” in several online features including a “Country Living Coffeehouse” acoustic performance. WISN selected her as their “Person of the Week.” She won her fourth consecutive Best of Milwaukee Award for Female Vocalist, and made her second consecutive performance during Milwaukee’s Best Country radio powerhouse, WMIL-FM 106.1 Class of 2017 sold-out concert event sharing the stage with Maren Morris, Brett Young, and Tucker Beathard.
In addition to the winning the 2016 Best of Milwaukee Award for Female Vocalist, Collins was recognized as Best Female Vocalist and Best Acoustic Musician in 2013-2015. She has received eight Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award nominations including three wins as the 2014 WAMI Singer/Songwriter of the Year and two consecutive wins as WAMI Rising Star (2012, 2013). Selected for CMT’s Artist Discovery campaign, Collins has already earned attention and accolades on the road playing more than 200 shows a year for each of the past five years. A seasoned performer at 23, Collins has opened for artists including Keith Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Brandy Clark, Jon Pardi, Jana Kramer, Josh Turner, David Nail, Michael Ray, Raelynn, Cassadee Pope, High Valley, and more.