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Ramona Collins: Guestbook

Tracey Edwards

January 4, 2016

Went to see Groove Therapy on 1/2-2016 at Martini & Nuzzi's - what a treat to also witness the talented Ramona Collins! We loved the upbeat, fun and funky show. Ramona is a supreme talent and area treasure.

Aayan Naim

August 24, 2015

Once you retire you sit back on the porch and watch the traffic whiz by, no place to go and no place to be. Ahhh retirement. Lol

Candice Wilmore

June 9, 2015

Ramona, I just got home from sitting in front of you, no one between us, at Moriarity's in Lansing. WHAT an experience! I've heard/seen you before and know how great you are. Tonight, for whatever reason, I was so transported watching you up close and listening, I could barely move.

You ended with a medley from "What's Goin' On." Blew me so far away, my beautiful sister.

Please take care, all the best to you and come back again as soon as you can.

Big hug.

Terri Jankowski

August 17, 2014

Great concert tonight at Grand Rapids, you are an awesome singer!!

Anita M. Lewis-Sewell

July 25, 2014

Doing well and remembering you with gratitude for your encouragement and kindness. Hope to attend some of your upcoming performances in the area in the next few months. God Bless You.

Mark Fisk

June 14, 2014

Enjoyed listening, chatting and performing with you last night 06/13/14 at the Dirty Bird. Will pay attention to your events.

Betty Smith

August 24, 2013

I do a radio show "Lemonade With BJ" in Canton MI. Would you be interested in an interview? Its a half hour with time to play a couple of your recordings. Call 734-420-1985

Antoinette "Twine" Chapman

June 4, 2013

Wonderful website Ramona! Nice pictures, great bio. Looking forward to seeing you perform. You are so awesome!!!!

Ramona Collins

March 21, 2013

Noticed that not many people sign guestbook since Facebook became so popular. Oh well . . .

Towona Johnson

May 13, 2012

Ms.Ramona,I am really glad that I visited your website,now I can keep up wirh what your are doing.And you can hit me ip on the email..Love you

Larry Manderville

April 13, 2011

'love that opening picture Ramona! FYI - tomorrow, 4/14/11, Sherm Mitchell is playing at Veh City Ribs, Flint. Info: 810-820-8344. I'll be with him playing too.

Mark Bates

March 3, 2011

I found your site quite by accident while researching a class reunion for my brother Randy. I sent this link to Leslie and Ken. I know that they will be excited to see how you are doing. I was glad to see that you are still singing. The last time I saw you was at an event in Baldwin, Michigan.
Please be advised that our mother Eloise, passed late last year.
If you speak with Snook, tell him that I have moved back to Lansing and would like to hook up with him.
Take care,


January 31, 2011

Time to setup some regular gigs?

Arlene "Annie" Bartley

December 3, 2010

Fri., Dec.3, 2010
Messing around the internet l0oking up various subjects. Came across your website, so I thought I would drop you a line.

How are you doing and how is your family?
I haven't been to a union meetings lately as I have been studying for a particular subject.

Thank you so much for teaching my job years ago at ODJFS (which is one of the many reasons I still have memories of you in my heart).

The most recent gig I see you will be doing is in January, 2011. I was hoping to see if you were having any gigs in December, 2010.

I didn't make it to the union Christmas party December 3 as I am off work with a finger injury. I was hoping to go to the union Christmas party to be able to see you all. I sure miss my former co-workers that formerly worked downtown Toledo in the employment services. You all have such a great sense of humor and outlook on life.

Tom is doing much better these days. One reason is because my son Michael brought allot of harmony to our home last year when Michael asked Tom to teach Michael to play the saxaphone. Michael caught on to the saxaphone in just 3 months (Michael has played an instrument since he was 13).

Both Michael and Tom have become music buddies. Michael has encouraged Tom to try many new things with his music. Michael has encouraged and got Tom to get a vendor's permit to play on the city streets of Toledo. Michael just had Tom go with Michael to Paul Weiss's house for a recording. Low and behold, Tom knows PaulWeiss (it was dejavue all over again when Tom walked into Paul's house).
Tom and Michael have also picked up learning other instruments.

Tom plays his tenor and saprano saxaphone in the church orchestra and does solos. When we go on vacation, we find a church to attend and Tom arranges ahead of time if he can play his saxaphone in their church while we are on vacation.

Michael in the last few months was playing his coronet at Gesu Catholic Church. I saw Gesu's information on their public music program. I did not know that Gesu held public performances. I also saw that you had performed at one of Gesu's public music events.

May God continue bless you.


October 22, 2010

Ramona! Saw you last night at Bert's and was looking into your facebook page, but it tells me it doesn't exist! What's up!? You were great by the way & Bert's is fantastic!


September 5, 2010

ey Ramona

Valerie Denise (Dennie) McCampbell

May 26, 2010

Wow Ramona: You really took me back with the pictures of Rusty and Olivia. I first met you when you were performing for my mom's events (Edie Miller) and you have always been the same. Geniune, Approachable and down to earth. Love you, Dennie

Denise L. CLAIR

May 26, 2010

lovely to pass along beautiful voice of another!

Erica R. Clair

May 25, 2010

Hi Mona !
Miss You, Think of You Often . . . and Ultra- grateful that you still have that song in your heart & the beauty & grace to share it with us all.
I put your webpage on my Facebook, saying that folks really shouldn't live one more day without being blessed by your voice. Peace, Lady. Your Friend 4Life, EClair


March 21, 2010

Couldn't get "you been Cheatin" off my mind today-been singing it all day. Googled your name and found the full version of the song, which I haven't heard since I was knee high to a grasshopper! AWESOME!! I'll probably be singing it for the next week! Love it, and the website is wonderful! Love ya! Your sis, Bunni.

Larry Manderville

December 22, 2009

HI Ramona - I just finished my Site -
LARRYMANDERVILLE.COM. Check it out when you get a chance. I'll be uploading more songs weekly, but am so happy to have started. 'takl to you later, Larry


September 23, 2009


Alegría Mannhardt

August 9, 2009

dear Ramona
I listen so often to your version of "round midnight" and "sonfg for my father" and like the interpretation of you and your musicians so much! If you ever will have a concert somewhere here in Europe, especially here in the South of Germany, please, let me know. I really would try come to listen to you live. I'm an amateur vocalist, and love to sing jazz and blues with other musicians, but just for pleasure...
and I'm so glad to have found you on youtube, so I can learn a tiny little bit for my own singing, just listen to you...good luck and fortune for you...warm regards. Alegría

georgetta t smith

July 15, 2009

I Love your singing, have for a long time.

jaiven finn collins

March 25, 2009

hey grandma im in school right now and I was telling my our nurse all about you. In fact her brother is the saxaphone player sometimes for you his name is Jeff. Well gotta go and ill tawk to you later and oh I have a tattoo of my mom's name on my right arm

Nancy Chastine Lyons

March 21, 2009

Hi Again Mona, great website! I'm going to check out your YouTube performances and hope to catch your next performance in the Big D. Glad we connected on the Lansing Grads website. All the best to you.

Altamease Nelson

March 15, 2009

Hey Ramona,

It was so nice to see you Sunday! Hope to see you real soon. Luv u. Altamease


March 7, 2009

Hello to all ! Greetings From Poland. very Good Page !

Larry Manderville

March 4, 2009

I see a lot of old friends on your Bio. It would be good to reconnect. Many good vibes to you.


March 3, 2009

Hey Ramona Collins! you did great at our show, its always a pleasure seeing you with that jazzy style. Thank you for the support, and keep in touch with me especially if your interested in collabing!*


your annual (lol) rocky's attic friend and fan



February 25, 2009

hi grandma how are you i love your music

Rudy "Vic" Robinson

February 25, 2009

Hey there lady! Just stop by to say hello. K.I.T.

Billy Lawson

February 12, 2009

Glad we had the chance to talk and I happy that you are still doing your thing. Looking forward to to seeing you this spring.

scott anna

January 12, 2009

wonderful to see your lovey mug in cyberspace my dear. have thought of you often through the years.

Ron Oswanski

December 26, 2008

Hi Ramona.. Great site.. I really enjoyed checking you out again. I haven't seen you in years.. I hope your doing well.. Stop by and see this little tribute page I put together for Rusty:

I hope I see you soon..
Take care,

Ron Oswanski


November 3, 2008

Hi sister,you are incredible, i enjoyed visiting your website . you need to come to Lansing and have a show i know it would be well attended .This event is long overdue , whwat do you think ? love you Patsy

David A. Smith

October 28, 2008

wishing you a happy birthday, wishes...with my love

Sharon Collins

October 22, 2008

Am tickled pink to find a Ramona Collins on the web...I googled the name because I am 8 weeks pregnant and have decided that if its a girl it would be called Ramona...and my surname is cool is this? So I just decided to say hiya from Ireland and I'm going to have a look round your site now to see what my (possible) baby girl's namesake does!!!!
many thanks

annie mcgee

September 22, 2008

hello Mona WOW your are truly amazing, keep up the fantastic work I am so Godly proud that you have found and taken your place in this world. You go girl love you Aunt Annie

Stephanie Orange

August 19, 2008

Keep it pushing sing until you have nothing.
Ramona here is one of my poems:

Silent screams
The city is full of people and the
Sound loses it’s volume in space…

I walk the city streets and I’m in pain
…but there is no blood; no sign of bruises
My cries are silent… I scream out to the high heavens and
no-one can hear me

How do I turn up the volume?
All the sound is inverted into my soul
It’s the sound of my own cries that batter’s me

My tears are like hot wax on my skin
The sound of my own cries bludgeons me
My suffering is within me

How do I settle my soul?
How do I stop the pain?
I give my silent cries to one who can hear the doves cry…
I give my cries to one who cares; to one who will wipe all my tears away
© 02.06.08

please enjoy Stephanie Orange


August 8, 2008

Dear Ramona,

You are the voice from heaven that opened my eyes and ears to the world of jazz. I have played "Everything Old is New Again" hundreds of times since I got it ten years ago. From songs of new love and lust to broken hearted blues, that CD always fits my mood. Since the mid 90s, chilling at Rusty's Jazz Cafe in Toledo, I have been hooked.

Thanks for all the great shows. I have followed you from Rustys to the Toledo Museum of Art to the Toledo Botanical Gardens. When I see you perform, I like to request a song. Funny thing is, at TBG I requested "When Did You Leave Heaven" and you didn't bring it. Damn. I should of asked for "Loverman". Now I'll have to check you out at the Rouge.

As an art teacher, I have inspired my students to listen to jazz with an open mind. Jazz speaks to you. If you listen, jazz heals you. A couple years ago, when I went through chemotherapy, jazz was my strength, my joy, and my salvation.

Ramona, thank you again for putting your all into your performances and keeping jazz alive in Toledo. I wish you the best on your new CD and look forward to you someday opening your own jazz club.

Best wishes,

Sharon Waters

August 3, 2008

Thanks for doing you!! Your music is amazing and your personality is definitely an asset to life. As I listened to you at the Botanical Gardens I was captured by your sulty soulful jazz sound; as I listened to you share life with the girls at the Inner Girl mentoring session, I was captured by your oppulent heart. Thank you again. I look forward to the next time we meet. See you soon!


June 26, 2008

Dear Ramona,

I’m a collector of autographs. I have more than 3.800 authentic autographs of politicians, sportsmen, artists and authors from around the world.

Therefore, I would ask you if you would be so kind to send me an autographed photo of you
(or your autograph on a piece of paper with some words written down).
I will be very delighted to got your autograph in my personal collection.

Anyway, thank you very much, and may God bless you and your family.

With warm greetings from Belgium.

Freddy Haeck
Lusthoflaan 107
9030 Mariakerke

Mary Marshall

June 19, 2008

Hello Cousin,
It is always a joyful moment to see you doing what you are created to do, and that is to bless the people with your God -Given talent and abilty to SING!!!!

Love you,
Mary Elizabeth

Beverly Jackson

June 18, 2008

I only hope I can follow such a goodf example
in my singing and performances

Jake Gentry, The Rouge Bistro

June 14, 2008

I just wanted to thank you for performing for our guests at the Rouge last week. I am really looking forward to your performance with Mike Lorenz next Thursday the 19th, and the one on Wednesday, the 25th. I'm telling everyone I know and even the ones I don't know what they are missing. Anyone that happens to see this can call for info or directions at 419-824-5890, or just send me an e-mail. See you at the show!!

25% off appetizers, wine and martini specials every time!!!!!

Thanks Ramona,


June 13, 2008

I find it a curious fact


June 11, 2008

and it's only gettin' worse... luv ya E

Charles Ezra Ferrell

May 12, 2008


I really appreciate you singing Happy Birthday to me and calling me Fire Dog!

Peace & Grace,

Keith Chambers

April 29, 2008

I was just showing some love. Well actually I"m surpose to be in Sandusky on Sunday evening my church is visiting New Jerusalem Baptist Church. After Church I was looking for a Jam session if you know of any could you get back with me thx a million. Keith Might come back on one of those thurday and jam with you guys. Have a bless day

Adriele Parker

April 28, 2008

Ms. Collins! I was sitting in my room a few minutes ago working on a song and you ran across my mind. I recently got a new phone and lost my address book, so I thought I'd try searching for your contact info on google, and here I've arrived at this amazing website of yours!..

but just a small update: I'm here studying at NYU in the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music and having the time of my life!

I just wanted to let you know how grateful I am to have worked with you for Act-So and the Cotillion Talent Show. You inspired me in so many ways and I just wanted to say thank you.

I'll be home for the summer in a few weeks, so hopefully I'll get a chance to see you (maybe even performing) before I leave again for the fall semester.

Love always,

p.s. - your music is amazing =)


April 22, 2008

Songbird! Your the greatest! An all around good gal and I mean that from the bottom of my heart now go sing and put some healing on this world !

thomas Cartier

March 27, 2008

just thought i'd drop you a line to say,wassup,and make your vote count!!!apparently,by the sweep hillary came through ohio with,youall don't particularly care for obama!!! say it isn't so.

Terry Cooper

March 6, 2008

Hey Ramona! You're the greatest! However, my afro was bigger than yours in 1980. I will always love you.

Nate Gurley

March 3, 2008

It was great talking with you this a.m. I immediately sat down at the computer...IT’S-ALL-ABOUT-YOUR-WEBSITE! The photos--nice touch, (my fav's: "Just Rollin' Along”, “Singin' At Murphy's Place”, & all three of the “Luettke Studio Shots”; (your eyes are evermore probing). You know--I got stuck, (really stuck), navigating your "MUSIC PAGE”. Diva, it should come with a WARNING, a snifter of brandy, a-hand-towel-and-a-smoke! It's like quicksand; I was all-into-it…then got a phone call; late for my appointment…I'll return, (on a stormy day or a free evening)…to "indulge".
p.s. I guess, (to be perfectly honest), I am partially to blame for my lateness…
I am deffinately interested in collaborating on the project you mentioned--Gotta run--holla!!!

John Kuschell

February 19, 2008

It's a honor working with you. This site is top flight !

Brian Lee

February 8, 2008

Hello there lady! I'm hoping you remember Airika's bass player from Rusty's ...Very nice .... I like this site much better than the previous ones. I have some things in the works ... gigging in Denver with various people ... will be in touch. You have a number for Cass? I'd luv to talk with him after so many years ... Best Continued Blessings!

Laurie Madrazo

February 3, 2008

Hey Ramona: Love your website!! We need to get together real soon. Dianne Reeves is coming to BG next month - I'll get the exact date - we need to go!!
Love you bunches,

Liz Presley

January 28, 2008

Kudos, Ramona, I love your new website! thank you for telling me about it, and yes, we do need to spend some time catching up on our lives. ;o)

Btw, the photos of you from the '60s & '70s are so much fun! I loved checking out all of the photos ... You looka mahvalous, dahlink --

I look forward to hearing and seeing more of you soon.



January 28, 2008

Our mother would be so proud of you, as I am! Personally, you mean so much to me. I cannot imagine my life without you (and your vocals) being a part of it. what a great website, i promise to visit frequently-love ya!


January 27, 2008

I'm very glad to see how prominent you are in Toledo and the surrounding area. You have gone far with your talents - a long way from practice sessions on Elliott (smile)! I 'm proud to tell folks "I Know Her From Way Back!"- See Ya!

Brenda Davis

January 26, 2008

Ramona, great site!!! I wish you the best in 2008!

Teresa Hunt

January 26, 2008

Hey Beautiful! It is so great to hear from you!! We definitely need to get together soon!! Miss Ya Teresa

Pam Weirauch

January 25, 2008

Ms. Ramona- Great site and it's very easy to navigate. It reflects your classy yet fun personality! I'll visit often to see what's up with you.

Bob Green

January 25, 2008

Hi Ramona,
Glad to see and know you are still promoting Jazz in your area. I sure miss Tony and Leon.
Keep the Jazz dream alive.

Eric Gould

January 25, 2008

Nice site, Ramona! Hope all is well.
Eric Gould

Selina Perryman

January 25, 2008

You are truly my "She"ro! I love you and I can't wait to see what you do next. I do know that I won't be too far behind ya.

Peace & Blessings,

Willie Rough

January 25, 2008

Way to go, girl! I appreciate being a part of your world.

marlon harris

January 25, 2008

You are fantastic

Linda Yohn

January 25, 2008

Great new site, honey! You're such a class act...knowing to stay in touch with people yet never losing your down-home real woman-ness. I hope we have a chance to hug in '08.

Lots of jazz & blues love,

WEMU Music Director and morning 89.1 Jazz host

Joe Carter

January 25, 2008

Mona, congrats on a very nice website! Wow! Some of those pictures are awesome, especially the one you have of Mama at the piano. She was a "HOT" young thang back then....hahaha!Keep it up with the great accomplishments!
I'm proud of you. Much Luv, Your 2nd oldest brother

Charles E.Nelson Jr.

January 25, 2008

Ramona, Great as Usual. You have done so much for yourself and for Jazz in and around the region. As Always, Charles.

Richard Meeker

January 25, 2008

WOW!!! What a great site! I am so happy for you. This will be a great place for us to stay connected with your comings and goings.
Love, Health & Happiness

Ben Wolkins

January 25, 2008

Hey Ramona,
The new website looks good! I hope it provides some good networking for friends and music! Wishing you all the best,
Take care,
Ben Wolkins

John O. Meeks

January 23, 2008

You have a great web site. I enjoyed it so much. Looking forward to seeing you in Idlewild this summer. I love you for your class. Stay safe and healthy until we meet again.

Bettye LaVette

January 21, 2008

Hey, you wonderful woman!
So good to hear from you. Glad to know you are working on things. But then, you always are.
Good luck to you.

tod & moni

January 21, 2008

Romona -

We sure miss seeing you and hearing you.We just ordered our second CD for we have a new fan for you to meet when we next get together.
Hope it is Soon!!

Gisele Caver

January 20, 2008

Have AVery Musical Day


Paul Brown/WKLR/WVOI/Toledo

January 19, 2008



Sheila Fleming

January 15, 2008

Hey Girl,
This is a great site! As we begin 2008 I am glad that we have reconnected our friendship and hope that very soon we will be able to work together. After all, it was your encouragement and support that got me back into performing and who best to learn from than the master entertainer...You and me Chicago, New York here we come! Sheila


January 12, 2008

Nice site!! Can't wait until you make it out to the big city. We're waiting for you :) Talk to you soon.


michael l. hayes

January 12, 2008

WOW!!!! this is sweet/talk 2 u soon mike


January 10, 2008

Streamlined site is lookin good mom! Love u.