Collette

Collette

 Columbia, South Carolina, USA
BandR&BSinger/Songwriter

Collette is 5 feet 10 inches of R&B/soul fearlessness. Born and raised in South Carolina, she glides from hip-hop to R&B to good ol' fashioned testifying soul with an ease far beyond her years.

Biography

Collette began as a pianist and saxophonist in her early childhood. After spending four years in college at Howard University, singing and soaking up the raw energy of Washington D.C.’s go-go music scene, Collette was finally ready to unveil her unique brand of storytelling.

Her 2008 debut album "Experience Collette" was featured on Music Choice network, and earned her opening spots for Chrisette Michele, Eric Roberson, Rachelle Ferrell, Talib Kweli, MC Lyte and more. She was featured in the Gap store "Born To Play" series, and toured the U.S. in support of the album. In 2010, she snagged the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest's holiday prize with her single "Keep Christmas Alive." And Winter 2011 brought Collette's first ever award nomination, a nod for "Best Female Vocalist" from the SoulTracks.com Reader's Choice Awards.

Today, Collette is hard at work on the 2nd full-length album "Revolution" while enjoying the success of a fan request EP "Coco By Request." With influences as varied as Mary J. Blige, James Taylor and Ella Fitzgerald, she brings a sweet, honest and jazzy vocal flavor. Stay tuned for much more from this Southern belle of soul.

Lyrics

Keep Christmas Alive

Written By: Collette Blakeney

Keep Christmas Alive

Chorus-
Keep Christmas alive,
Every day of your life,
Let your love shine,
Keep Christmas alive.

Verse 1-
There are people who need a hand,
All across each corner of this land,
There are lives so in need,
They're walking among you and me.

It's good to wanna help on Christmas day,
But what would it be like if we lived this way every day,
Still showing love in April,
Giving joy in June,
Living like it's Christmas,
The whole year through.

(Chorus)

Verse 2-
Are you listening to the sound of
Children's voices all around?
So defenseless against the cold,
Of a world that's lost its soul.
For every light you see upon the tree
A thousand children are needlessly hungry
What if we fed them in Spring,
Think of the joy summer could bring,
As you make your list this Winter,
Add one more thing.

(Chorus)

Can we
Can we come together,
And show love everyday?
Three-sixty-five (three-sixty-five)
Can we keep it alive?

Discography

Experience Collette, LP, June 2008
You Don't Know, Single, June 2008
Keep Christmas Alive, Single, December 2010
Coco By Request, EP, May 2011
Orange Moon (Remix), Single, May 2011
I Am Ready For Love, Video Single, June 2011
Coco By Request Deluxe Edition, EP, November 2011