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4/14/23 Chapter Friday with Dennis Collins (IN-PERSON and Virtual)
April 14 @ 6:30 am - 8:15 am
On April 14, the brudders of NCS New Canaan gather IN-PERSON as a community of men for some fellowship and fun. We will welcome brudder Dennis Collins, a professional singer who has performed with dozens of the world’s greatest artists. For many years, Dennis was the lead vocalist for the worship band (affectionately known as “Foxy and the Hounds”) that played Friday mornings during New Canaan Society meetings.
Come join your brudders at the Ten Twenty Post Oyster Bar and Bistro.
- Breakfast begins at 6:30am.
- Meeting begins promptly at 7:00am and will conclude no later than 8:15am.
- Cover charge- $20
- As with all NCS events, attendance represents a commitment to honor our gatherings as a “safe place”–“everything said here stays here”. (It goes without saying that no cameras or recording devices are permitted.)
VIRTUAL CHAPTER FRIDAY
- We will try to broadcast the speaker on Zoom. NO GUARANTEES!!
Dennis Collins is a professional singer who has performed with dozens of the world’s greatest artists. For many years, Dennis was the lead vocalist for the worship band (affectionately known as “Foxy and the Hounds”) that played Friday mornings during New Canaan Society meetings. His smooth, soulful, tenor voice goes to the hearts of everyone who hears him.
Dennis was born in Detroit, Michigan, a city known for producing great singers. He was raised in a Christian family and is the youngest of 5 children. After attending his first Motown Review at age 5 with his family, Dennis says he knew he wanted to be a singer. “Our home was filled with all kinds of music.” From an early age, he was surrounded by the music of Motown, and pop greats like Sam Cooke, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Roberta Flack, Judy Garland, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway and Sly & The Family Stone.
Dennis spent his formative years singing, listening and studying every singer he heard. Being equally talented singing Pop, R & B, Jazz and Classical music, Dennis began to feel that he needed to make a choice between the Classical and Pop worlds. It was on a trip to New York that his cousin, Krystal Davis, took him to a rehearsal for Luther Vandross that would help him make that decision. Luther then invited Dennis to sing on a recording session at Atlantic Studios, and his career as a professional studio singer began.
He soon caught the attention of one of his idols, Ms. Roberta Flack, who asked him to join her on her next World Tour as a featured vocalist, performing her duets. He has also recorded and performed with such artists as: Ray Charles, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, Smokey Robinson, Bruce Springsteen, Carole King, Bonne Raitt, Steely Dan, Alicia Keys, Jackson Brown, Jon Batiste, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Sting, Ralph MacDonald, Jimmy Buffet, Willie Nelson, Carly Simon, Patti LaBelle, Bette Midler, David Bowie, James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Faith Hill, Jewel, Nelly, Ja Rule, Clay Aiken, The Blue Man Group, Lauryn Hill, Moby, Angelique Kidjo, Al Jarreau, Serge Gainsbourg, Patti Austin, Donald Fagen and many others.
Dennis and his wife Sharon live in Stamford and have four young adult children.