Called an “up-and-coming” and “very talented country singer,” Sara Collins of Baton Rouge is one of precious few who can say they began their careers at Carnegie Hall, but the Central High School student can.

The teenaged recording artist was offered the opportunity to perform at the legendary venue as a member of the Honors Performance Series.

“It will be a great show,” said Old South Jamboree show organizer Carlton Jones, who was the source of the high words of praise offered earlier about Collins. “She has been doing some work and recording lately and now has an album.”

The talented young vocalist has been working with noted Nashville producer Michael Lattanzi at Lattitude Studio South, where the likes of Paula Abdul and Jessica Simpson have also recorded, on the way to releasing her debut EP, “Lovesick Cinderella.”

Her performance resume not only includes famous venues like Carnegie Hall, but Nashville’s Opry Mills Mall and Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn., both noted country music halls where the local singer and multi-talented instrumentalist has been “working hard to learn everything she can about the music industry,” her professionally produced publicity says.

Another feather in her musical career hat is being an alumnus of PCG Nashville, an artist development program led by longtime music industry veteran Bernard Porter.

She has also been a member of “Louisiana Kids,” which gave her the opportunity to perform for fairs and festivals throughout Louisiana.

The high school student enjoys singing in her school and church choirs when she’s not working on her own music.

“We will be hosting her at the Old South Jamboree on Saturday night, Mar. 4, at 7 p.m.,” Jones said, where the house band and part of Collins’ own band will be backing her up. “Sara will do two sets of three songs each.”

Coincidently, Collins’ own guitarist, John Blackwell, is the son of Randy Blackwell, the steel guitar player with the Jamboree’s regular band.

Jones said the audience can expect quite a show with most of the house band, including crowd favorites Mark Sanders and Kerwin LeBlanc, as well as June Barker, Deb Carpenter, Tommy Raborn and more faces familiar with the Old South Jamboree shows, which are held the first Saturday night of each month.

“It will be a great show,” Jones said.

The Old South Jamboree is on U.S. 190 in Walker, just east of Denham Springs. There is a small admission fee for each show. For more information, contact Jones at (225) 936-0349.


Tommy Comeaux is the Lifestyle editor at The Livingston Parish News.

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