Exclusive interview Peter Collins for "Lounge Club" July

Songwriter Peter Collins has emerged as  a new force in music combining R&B, Soul and Jazz sounds with an Inspirational foundation. His silky vocals are often accompanied by his guitar playing which is quite impressive and skilfully remarkable in its own right.

A Jamaican, Cuban American native of Newark, NJ, Peter’s passion for music originated and grew with guidance and support from his parents. As a student at Arts High School in Newark, NJ, where he cultivated his artistry, Peter excelled at vocal classical music performance and contemporary music performance. Here is Lounge Club Exclusive with Peter Collins.

LC: What is your music background?

PC: My music background is in Jazz, R&B, Reggae, Gospel, Classical music etc. I started off learning from family at home which later expanded to hearing music outside of the house and going to a performing arts high school and being trained classically. 

LC: Who are your biggest influences?

PC: Oh, I am influenced from many things like Life, my father Osmond Collins –a renown gospel singer, Gospel artists like Kim Burrell and Cece Winans to R&B like Usher to new pop artists like Tori Kelly and more.

LC: How would you describe the music that you typically create?

PC: The music I create is an eclectic mix of R&B, Soul, and Jazz with an Inspirational and classical foundation.  There are so many old school ideas, sounds and essences in my music that I aim to give a whole new energy to. It is this binding together of the past with the present moving into the future.

LC: What is your song writing and creative process like?

PC: The process varies depending on how the music is received. Most times I would receive a melody and jam to that melody and then the topic and lyrics follow. Often I write pretty quickly but sometimes the song has to simmer. I also love singing in hallways with ambience, yet I could write in pure nature outside, there are really no limits.

LC: Tell us more about your albums, what are your songs about?

PC: I actually just put out my Debut album “Love and Mind” and it comes from a place of love yet is also the shaping of the mind. It speaks of peace, joy, and life, the ability to love in all aspects, then shifts into the deconstruction, construction and elevation of the mind.

LC: Who would you most like to collaborate with?

PC: I would love to collaborate with H.E.R, Tori Kelly, and Bobby Mcferrin. 

LC: If you could go open a show for any artist who would it be?

PC: I would open for Ed Sheeran because I have an acoustic sound, and he started off with a similar sound.

Read the full interview in the "Lounge Club" July issue!