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NASHVILLE – Nora Collins is celebrating the holidays by supporting causes and charities she believes in and she is encouraging her fans and followers to do the same during the season of giving #ITMUSTBECHRISTMAS.

"Generosity comes from the heart, not the depth of your pockets," said the MV2 Entertainment singer/songwriter. "I want people to see that contributions of time are just as important as monetary donations; and it is possible for everyone to make a difference – especially during the holidays."

Collins used the National Day of Giving #GivingTuesday to make the announcement on WISN, the ABC-TV affiliate in her hometown of Milwaukee, Wisc., where she kicked off the campaign with the Jockey Being Family Foundation stuffing backpacks with supplies for adopting families, which was especially meaningful since November is National Adoption Month.

Collins also played for tips to support the Alzheimer’s Association. Collins, who is an Alzheimer’s Champion, became involved with the group several years ago after she watched her beloved grandmother suffer with the disease. She later went on to self-record one of her grandmother’s favorite carols, "O Holy Night."
Now Collins has her first Christmas EP It Must Be Christmas on MV2 Entertainment, which is available now at all online retailers and her website http://www.noracollins.com.

Over the next several weeks Collins will be shining a spotlight and volunteering for several groups including Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, Musicians on Call, Nashville Rescue Mission, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and other commendable groups.

She will be dropping off cookies for first responders, providing blankets and towels for sheltered animals, and shopping for a deserving child.

"I have so much to be thankful for, but I also recognize the importance of giving back and I know my fans feel the same way," Collins said. "I can’t wait to see what they are inspired to do to give back #ITMUSTBECHRISTMAS."

The EP, which is produced by MV2 Entertainment General Manager Tony Harrell, features contemporary and holiday classics such as "I’ll Be Home for Christmas," "Last Christmas," "Merry Christmas Darling," and "Silent Night" along with two songs that were co-written by Collins, "Christmas Kiss" and the title cut, which captures the heart of the holidays. Listen to the EP here.

It Must Be Christmas follows her successful self-titled MV2 Entertainment debut with the popular single, "Guess I Woulda Known by Now."

More about Nora Collins: 2017 was a busy year for Collins. She was chosen to judge auditions for "American Idol" in her hometown of Milwaukee. Country Living spotlighted her "stunning vocals" in several online features including a "Country Living Coffeehouse" acoustic performance. She won her fourth consecutive Best of Milwaukee Award for Female Vocalist, and made her second consecutive performance during Milwaukee’s Best Country radio powerhouse, WMIL-FM 106.1 Class of 2017 sold-out concert event sharing the stage with Maren Morris, Brett Young, and Tucker Beathard.

In addition to the winning the 2016 Best of Milwaukee Award for Female Vocalist, Collins was recognized as Best Female Vocalist and Best Acoustic Musician in 2013-2015. She has received eight Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award nominations including three wins as the 2014 WAMI Singer/Songwriter of the Year and two consecutive wins as WAMI Rising Star (2012, 2013). Selected for CMT’s Artist Discovery campaign, Collins has already earned attention and accolades on the road playing more than 200 shows a year for each of the past five years. A seasoned performer at 23, Collins has opened for artists including Keith Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Brandy Clark, Jon Pardi, Jana Kramer, Josh Turner, David Nail, Michael Ray, Raelynn, Cassadee Pope, High Valley, and more.

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