Mel Collins is a chanteuse, a songstress, a star in the mold of yesteryear’s greats. Based in Los Angeles, Mel Collins has performed all over the world, bringing the joy of her unique song stylings to thousands upon thousands of people. Whether it’s crooning a jazz standard or belting a pop hit, Mel consistently brings audiences to their feet. She’s warm and funny. Her joy is contagious. Let Mel Collins take you away, with her versatile ensemble, Standard Mel, Mel Collins and the Ben-Jamin Horns, or the swinging’ big sounds of the D. Ben-jamin Big Band – wherever she’s going, you’ll want to go too.
Mel’s collaboration with Duane Benjamin has put her at the helm of an 18-piece big band, with Duane as her musical director and band leader. Their debut album, A Little Jazz Now & Then, was released in the fall of 2013. She also performs as the leader of smaller, more intimate groups of varying size and instrumentation, collectively referred to as “Standard Mel”.
In addition to her most frequent role fronting a band, Mel’s versatility and knack for story telling has afforded her opportunities to branch out into different types of work in and around Los Angeles. Recently, Mel Collins & Ben-Jamin horns were booked to be the opening house band for legendary comedian Bob Newhart! She has sung on soundtracks for numerous TV shows including Hannah Montana and 7th Heaven, and performed as a voiceover artist for Modern Family, Vampire Diaries, Sesame Street Live, Hershey’s, and Disney on Ice. She has also amassed an impressive resume as a backup singer behind such artists as Michael Bublé, Heather Headley, Burt Bacharach, and as part of the house band on America’s Got Talent. She also performed as M.C. for an event commemorating Disneyland’s 50th anniversary, leading a Q & A with featured guest Julie Andrews.
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“Mel’s presentation has every element needed to WIN and to create something absolutely fresh, with a brilliant future. She’s deeply rooted in the tradition of the great black female blues and jazz singers. Absolutely in a class by herself. She projects the positive energy needed today, to lift peoples spirit and to elevate the music to much higher spiritual levels.”
– Bennie Maupin, Saxophonist | Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and Lee Morgan
“Meloney is an amazing talent who can kick the ass of any song she sings! I am a fan for life.”
Kathy Najimy | Actress/Director
“No one sings these songs like Meloney Collins. It’s smooth, sweet, and sexy. Her voice is perfect for this music!”
Eden Espinosa | star of the Broadway productions of WICKED and RENT
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A Little Jazz Now & Then
Mel Collins debut album backed by the unbelievable D. Ben-Jamin Big Band
“With a voice smooth as glass Mel Collins puts her own spin on some classic standards and a few soon to be classics as well. A great listen that will leave you feeling relaxed, nostalgic, and wanting more.”
Good Man Blues