Felicia Collins is best known around the world as the guitarist and vocalist in the CBS Orchestra on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN. / World's Most Dangerous Band with Paul Shaffer.
A devoted passion for playing guitar was always present, as far back in her memory as she's able to recall. Teaching herself to play guitar is one manifestation of her childhood love affair with the Arts.
Prior to Late Show, Felicia was the lead guitarist and vocalist in Al Jarreau's band and then a member of Cyndi Lauper's band throughout her Hat Full Of Stars tour, wrapping up just weeks before Collins signed on with the new Letterman show, taking the bandstand for its entire run on nightly national and international television. As a member of Shaffer's band, Felicia performed every year in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony .
Early during her tenure on LATE SHOW, she lead her own bands, 360 ( a power trio starting with Will Lee and Anton Fig ), and B!tchslapp, which went on to become Felicia Collins And The Life. She produced the hugely successful Anarchists Of Color ll , the live music show which featured Black Rock musicians and artists celebrating Black Rock past and present.
She recently stretched her wings to join fabulous cast-mates, Kecia Lewis, Rebecca Naomi Jones and Deah Love-Harriott in the the Atlantic Theatre Company's Off Broadway Production of Marie And Rosetta, a story about Marie Knight and the legendary gospel singer Sister Rosetta Tharpe who was the innovator star of electric guitar in American music and is being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame this year ( 2018 ). Felicia was invited as a featured solo artist to pay tribute in Sister Rosetta's induction performance, channelling Tharpe on vocal and electric guitar!
Felicia just dropped her third self-produced solo album titled Felicia Collins Discovers The Blues, available on CD Baby, iTunes,etc.. For this one she traveled to Shreveport, Louisiana to record the majority of the cuts with Dumpstafunk members, Ivan Neville on keys, Brady Blade on drums and Tony Hall on bass. Of course, she called on home-base pals, Paul Shaffer and the rest of the World's Most Dangerous Band to play. Also throwing down on the joint is Mickey Raphael, long-time harmoniica-player with Willie Nelson, the great Bette Sussman on piano and SNL keyboardist, Leon Pendarvis.. The album closes with Something's Gonna Take You Outta Here, a song Collins co-wrote with music legends Nick Ashford And Valerie Simpson
Amongst Collins' many original projects is DANCE, MF, DANCE, an underground LIVE dance groove-athon curated and produced by her.
As always, a story to be continued...
Performed on the World Stage with:
Ashford And Simpson
Billy Bob Thornton
David Fathead Newman
Emmy Lou Harris
Harry Connick Jr.
L.L. Cool J.
Jef Lee Johnson
GrandMaster Flash And The Furious Five
Mary J. Blige
Narada Michael Walden
Naughty By Nature
Salt N Pepa
Samuel L. Jackson, Jr.
Tito PuenteTom Jones