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Kiku Collins: Grammy Nominated Artist Talks About Vocal Booth

Published: Tue October 14, 2008  News Feed

This former "Jersey Girl" found her way from a small northern NJ town to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, after doing a 2 summer stint at their National Music Camp. From there, she went on to study classical performance at Manhattan School of Music.

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Kiku and her home away from home...in her home!

Her mentor, Mr. Mel Broiles, always encouraged her, as one of the few female trumpet players trying to survive in a man's world. He always encouraged her to pursue her dreams, and his voice has echoed in her head every time she wanted to give up.

Kiku brings professionalism to every job in every style, with her sense of humor and sense of adventure that leads her to play and sing with a diverse group of artists.

While Kiku has been seen around town, as well as around the world, with major pop stars including Beyonce, Dave Wakeling, Jay Z, Kelly Rowland, TM Stevens, Carmine Appice, Robert Gordon, Sami Yaffa, Jonathan Richmond, and Pat Travers to drop a few names, she has truly found her voice in "Here With Me". This smoothly satisfying album redefines evocative jazzy compositions and rich orchestration. Her multiple tracking on the flugelhorn, muted trumpet and trombone, showcases a level of musicianship of the highest order and demonstrates what a band of Kikus might sound like.

In addition to her solo album and work with other artists, Kiku has been heard the world over in television and radio commercials.

Kiku is not only a featured Getzen trumpet artist, but her debut album has been featured on many radio stations, and has gotten tons of press from several prestigious  publications.

Whether you hear Ms. Collins on the television or radio, with mega-pop stars or local NYC acts, one thing is crystal clear; her passion and love for life come through in her sound, her voice, her eyes, her soul.

Kiku is currently also in the "writing process" phase for album number 2. It might be a long process given her demanding touring and parenting schedule, but it's in motilon!

With successful record promotions for her Grammy Nominated album "Here With Me" internationally as well as at home in NYC while also freelancing with an eclectic collection of musicians, Kiku is also a featured backup vocalist with Adama (of course she plays trumpet and flugel on a few tunes!).

Kiku on her 4'x6' Gold Series Vocal Booth:

"It's a heavenly sanctuary. Big enough to fit two chairs but super comfy to practice in. I store some recording gear in the corner and whatever music I'm practicing on my stand, I threw in a nice floor lamp in another corner, and the window catches my livingroom window so I get real sunlight. I get to blast. I get to scream. I get to try things that are not good yet, and not worry about people hearing and thinking, "wait, she plays for a living?", because if I were to practice what I am good at, it would be private performance for my pets and daughter. I need to crack more into stuff that sounds awful and now I can do it without wondering who is listening in!"

"I'm also planning on doing some recording in there. I spent way too much time in studios last year making my album, I'd like to do most of it at home - and now I can!"

Kiku also uses Ultra Pure Oils and slide grease,

Kiku Collins Website            

Kiku Collins on MySpace

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