About Kirsten

about-kirsten-collinsKirsten Collins was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Able to sing full songs right on key from the age of 20 months, her parents realized early on that there was something special about her and her love for music. At age 5, she sang her first solo and fell in love with the stage. Her musical gift was further evident when she wrote her first song at the age of six.

Kirsten continued singing and at the age of 9 was fronting adult bands at professional events. She went on to win the Calgary Junior Idol and opened for the SHAI Awards at 10, in addition to performing at many festivals, competitions, award and talent shows throughout Canada and the US. At age 14, Kirsten’s parents took her to L.A. to meet with top voice coaches Seth Rigs, Lis Lewis and Doc Holliday, who recognized and encouraged her talent.

The decision to home school Kirsten and enrol her in private schools allowed Kirsten to graduate a year early from school so she could focus fully on her passion for music an media, including singing, songwriting, dancing and acting.

Over the last few years Kirsten has had the opportunity to work and record with many songwriters and producers, including Grammy winners in L.A., Canada and overseas. In 2009, she acted in her first role in an independent film titled Rust (SONY, AFFIRM FILMS, PROVIDENT FILMS) (link to: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1360826/). Her original song, “Could You Imagine,” was featured in the film credits. She is now receiving offers from music labels, movie producers and has been featured in an international publication.

Kirsten was awarded the title of Miss Teen Calgary – World for the year 2012 – 2013 and was a contestant in the Miss Teen Canada – World pageant in July. Kirsten stated, “I believe that the platform of Miss Teen can help me in the development of my character, building relationships within my family, looking to better my own city, helping to make changes in my nation and having a passion to impact the world. I personally feel that I am being stretched as an individual in the areas of administration, communication and expression. The platform that I have chosen is to expose the many social injustices that affect children around the world. Like human trafficking and slavery. I believe that all people deserve to be treated with respect and honour. Together we can make a difference in our world!”

Kirsten’s continued desire is to reach the world with her voice, and impact others’ lives with song.

Kirsten has had the priviledge to work with the following artists and producers:

Actor and director – Corbin Bernsen
(known for L.A. Law, General Hospital, Cuts, Ryan’s Hope, Psych, Major League, Rust)

Songwriter – Lauren Christy
(famous for work with: The Matrix (#1 hit song), “What are the Words- Chris Medina,” “Tonight I’m Loving You – Enrique Iglesias, Tokio Hotel, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, Hilary Duff, Ronan Keating, Korn, Avril Lavigne, Lillix, Ricky Martin, Ashley Parker Angel, Mcfly, Jason Mraz, Liz Phair, Britney Spears, Skye Sweetnam, Shakira, Miranda Cosgrove, Enrique Iglesias, Katy Perry and Adam Longlands.)

Grammy Producer – Brian Kennedy
(produced: “If This Isn’t Love- Jennifer Hudson, “Disturbia” – Rihanna, “Forever” – Chris Brown, “It’s Over” – The Clutch, Brandy, Chris Brown, Jesse McCartney,Rihanna, Natasha Bedingfield, BoA, Cheryl Cole, Backstreet Boys, Jamie Foxx, Nelly, and Westlife, New Kids on the Block, Corbin Bleu, Ciara; Worked with David Foster, Polow da Don, Clive Davis, Timbaland, the Underdogs, and legendary songwriter Diane Warren)

Award Producer Russell Ali
(famous for work with: Cyprus Hills, Robin Thicke, Elliot Yamin, Chanel West Coast, Rev Theory, Sick Puppies, Shawn Hlookoff, Rich Skillz, Jay Leno, Kimberley Locke, Colby O’Donis)

Multiple Grammy Producer – Walter Afanasieff
(famous for work with: Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Luther Vandross, Destiny’s Child, Kenny G, Michael Bolton, Darren Hayes (Savage Garden), Andrea Bocelli, Johnny Mathis, Kenny Loggins, Barbra Streisand, Christina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, Mika, Babyface, Josh Groban, Jordin Sparks,Tina Arena, Lara Fabian and Leona Lewis)

Grammy Producer – Rich Skillz
(famous for work with: Ludacris, Nikki and Rich, Eve, Robin Thicke, Mario, and Ludacris, under his moniker Rich Skillz, and movie soundtracks: Killers, Just Wright, How to Make it In America, Step Up 2: The Streets)

Award Winning Songwriter Rich King
(famous for work with: John Legend, Eminem, Brandy Norwood, Mary Mary, Cher, Keri Hilson, Randy Jackson, Fantasia Barrino, Lalah Hathaway, Joss Stone, Cheryl Cole and many others)

Multiple Grammy Producer – Ricky St. Hilaire
(famous for work with: Busta Rhymes, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston)

Scott Bruzenak
(famous for work with: Austin Brown, Janet Jackson, and movie soundtracks: Interpretation, Tru Loved, Lesser of Three Evils, House Under Siege, Exodus Fall)

Chief Wakil
(famous for: Run This Town (featuring Rihanna), Air (Produced By Brian Kennedy)

Platinum Producer Jon Asher
(produced: Shawn Hlookoff)

Producer John Levine
(produced: Shawn Hlookoff, Lauren Evans)

Choreographer Brandee Harris
(dancer for Black Eyed Peas)