Ramona Collins

Ramona Collins

Singing Entertainer

January 30, 2017


Tell us more about some of your past projects?

Two self-produced CD's: “Everything Old Is New Again,” recorded at Rusty’s Jazz Café and "Live & Lovin’ It,” recorded at Toledo Museum of Art.

What current projects are you working on?

Original music for another CD.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

Amazing musicians to work with.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.

Conducting a master class in stage performance at Berklee College of Music.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

After being part of the music scene for 48 years, I am inspired every time I take the stage and look out at fans who still follow me after all these years.

Tell us about your background. 

Born in Toledo, grew up in Lansing MI. I am the oldest of nine children. My mom was a pianist and singer and encouraged me to sing to overcome being shy. I am recently retired from my day gig with the State of Ohio. I have five adult children, Brett, Brian, Brina, Brad & Brandi. I am very active in my community and have sat or currently sit on various boards or committees. I am a past president of the Toledo Jazz Society, currently serving second term as secretary/treasurer of the Black Swamp Blues Society. A 2002 Milestones Honoree, the first to be honored in the arts category, 2015 Best of Toledo in Jazz/Blues category.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

Live and let live.

Favorite place for local culture?

No place in particular.

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

The Pub (at The Paula Brown Shop)

My favorite place to chill locally is . . . 

My house.

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .

Wildwood Metropark.

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . .


If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

I’d like to see a jazz festival in Toledo.

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

Not right now.

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

Sarah Vaughn.

Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

Getting to a point in life where I am letting go of things, so there is much I can live without.

3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

Passionate, hard-working, funny.

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.

Stevie Wonder - "Songs In The Key Of Life"
Thornetta Davis - “Honest Woman"
Kem - “Intimacy”
Sarah Vaughn - “Brazilian Romance"
Anything by Nancy Wilson

My biggest vice is . . .


What’s the last dream you recall having?

Don’t remember because I don’t often have dreams.

The last lyric that moved me was . . .

Duke Ellington's "Things Ain’t What They Use To Be."

One movie character I identify with is . . .

Can’t think of anyone right now.

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

A microphone charm that I wear always. It was given to me by a fan on my 49th birthday.

My most inspiring moment was/is . . .

When I have the honor of mentoring someone.

I want my last meal to be _________.

Salmon and rice.


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