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Violet Night

by Courtney Collins

A mix of indie pop/rock, electronica, and lounge with sultry female vocals in the vein of Feist, Fiona Apple, and Regina Spektor. Featuring Jeremy Ylvisaker of Andrew Bird's band and Alpha Consumer and Michael Lewis of Bon Iver.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Cry Me a River
2:32 album only
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2. Off Ramp
3:45 album only
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3. I Want You to Want Me
3:36 album only
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4. Thirteen Men
3:27 album only
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5. Don't Forget
3:20 album only
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6. Al Di La
3:48 album only
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7. Used to
3:06 album only
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8. Roseability
4:03 album only
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9. Away from Me
4:42 album only
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10. So in Love
4:12 album only
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11. La Isla Bonita
3:45 album only
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12. Anthems
4:08 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Courtney Collins is a singer/songwriter based in Madison, Wisconsin, "whose sultry, expressive voice would sound great singing just about anything," according to The Onion AV Club. She previously sang in the electronica band Voltress and in the now defunct power pop band Arena Venus. Collins released her first solo CD, Violet Night - a varied mix of indie pop, lounge, and electronica, with both original songs and eclectic covers. She brings out the classic "Cry Me A River" in a modern style, takes Cheap Trick's rock anthem "I Want You To Want Me" and turns it into a melancholy western-inflected dirge, and puts an electronic spin on Idlewild's "Roseability." Other surprising covers and originals round out the disc. Recorded with Andrew Thomas and Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird, Fog, Eyedea, Mark Mallman, Alpha Consumer), the album features members of Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Gayngs, Fog, Happy Apple, and more.
Collins is also the producer of "Chad Vader," a comedy video series that has been featured on Good Morning America, VH1, in the New York Times, and has over 50 million downloads online. "So In Love" from Violet Night was featured in episode 3, and Collins lends vocals to various episodes of the Chad Vader series.
Her newest album "Hinterlands" was released in March 2017, and can be found at:
https://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/CourtneyCollins
Collins also recorded a holiday/winter CD with Jeremy Ylvisaker, titled "WELCOME TO CHRISTMASTOWN." The disc is available at:
http://cdbaby.com/all/arenavenus

CDs by ARENA VENUS, Courtney's former band, are also available on CD Baby. Check out the Christmas lounge CD and the power pop EP at:
http://cdbaby.com/all/arenavenus

CDs by VOLTRESS, another former band, are available at this link: http://cdbaby.com/cd/voltress

"...Courtney Collins, whose sultry and expressive voice
would sound great singing just about anything."
- The Onion

"Thirteen Men" is a vampish-sounding bass-heavy delight.
Collins’ temptress tones are at their best. "Used To" an original,
resembles Blondie in their punk pop glory. Collins is both a
gifted interpreter and a good songwriter in her own right.
- Anna Maria Stjarnell, Collected Sounds

" An amazing, sultry voice."
- Saara Myrene Raappana, Actionman Magazine

"All in all, a pretty remarkable solo debut."
- Tom Laskin, Isthmus

"Courtney Collins’s seductive vocal style meshes with a surprising range of musical genres from lounge to tear-in-your-beer to Blondie-ish punk. A mix of original and cover songs, my favorites are “Used to” and the unexpected takes on “I Want You to Want Me” and “La Isla Bonita.”
- Mel Goldsipe, Go Girls Music

"The eclectic ability of Courtney Collins to adapt to a style is uncanny. Violet Night is an excellent recording that should be sought out by all musical thrill-seekers and by those who appreciate the injection of some mystery into their rock. Courtney Collins is Madison's Marianne Faithfull"
-Rick Tvedt, Rick's Cafe

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The Onion

sultry and expressive voice
...Courtney Collins, whose sultry and expressive voice
would sound great singing just about anything.
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Carol Swanson, Christmas Reviews

steals the show
Collins' sultry voice steals the show. She occupies the lower registers
with sensual flair, sometimes exuding a jazzy, torch singer approach,
and other times presenting a more mellow, low-key sensibility.
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Amanda Gaze, Rick's Cafe

dreamy voice creates a playful mood
Courtney creates music that crosses genres and demonstrates
her singular character and style. She is a perceptive observer
whose dreamy voice creates a playful mood.
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Kenneth Burns, Isthmus

silky voice
...Courtney Collins' silky voice, which sounds especially
good when she is singing a cappella...
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Rob Thomas, The Capital Times

brassy, sultry voice
Courtney Collins' brassy, sultry voice is perfectly suited to classics.
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Saara Myrene Raappana, Actionman Magazine

amazing
An amazing, sultry voice.
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Terry Jones

Tingle
Such well-stated descriptions already.All I can add,is that the cd's subtle production allows the dynamics of the songs to reveal more emotion with each re-play.It doesn't wear it's welcome out.A mature gift from such a young talent happens so rarely in these days of "pop tarts".Brilliant!
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Anna Maria Stjarnell, Collected Sounds and Lunakafe

Collins is both a gifted interpreter and a good songwriter in her own right.
Courtney Collins’ cover-heavy solo debut is still pretty original. The sultry-voiced singer starts with “Cry Me a River” in a jazzy version. Her own “Off ramp” is energetic rock with a memorable chorus. “Thirteen Men” is a vampish-sounding bass-heavy delight. Collins’ temptress tones are at their best. “Used To” an original, resembles Blondie in their punk pop glory.
The version of Madonna’s “La isla Bonita” breathes new life into the song and adds a likeable vulnerability.
Collins is both a gifted interpreter and a good songwriter in her own right.
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David Ross, Madison, WI

intoxicating!
A voice like a chocolate-cherry martini--rich, scrumptious, and
intoxicating.
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Tom Laskin, Isthmus

All in all, a pretty remarkable solo debut.
Local singer Courtney Collins' first solo CD starts out strong with a languorous, electronically shaded version of "Cry Me a River" that brings a different kind of heat to the torchy Julie London hit. After a pause for the clattery indie-rock of "Off Ramp," Collins (formerly of Arena Venus, currently with Voltress) underscores her talent for remaking familiar material with an agonizingly slow, country-inflected take on Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me" that could make a big impression on college radio. She sticks with the gray-toned palette on an ennui-ridden cover of Ann-Margret's "Thirteen Men." The pert pop original "Don't Forget" ups the energy level with a sprightly, clipped vocal and a Queen-inspired guitar hook that refers to classic rock without falling victim to it. All in all, a pretty remarkable solo debut.
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