Allison Collins Acosta
Still Going Strong: The Allison Collins Band
Excerpts from an interview with Sharon Furrate Bailey
I first heard Allison Collins perform at the Caterie and will never forget when she sang “Son of a Preacher Man.” Her journey as a musician/artist has been long and full of peaks and valleys, but The Allison Collins Band is still a much sought after band, with an ardent fan base.
Q: When did you first discover you were gifted in music?
A: I’ve always loved to sing, but I never thought about whether I could sing or not. When I was 10 years old, Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” was the number one song on the radio. My cousin and I were singing it while playing on her porch. I will never forget when she said, “Ally, you sound like that lady!” She would get me to sing at family gatherings and slumber parties.
Q: What would you say is your artist statement, why you sing?
A: I realize now that is why I was put on this earth. Also, even though musicians (not all of them) are known to have dabbled with drugs or alcohol, I can honestly say I have never tried a drug in my life. I remember a feeling of “ecstasy” at eighteen when I first sang with a band, and that made me feel like I was floating. It was incredible. God has been so good to me. Although I have a couple of degrees from LSU, I’ve never had a typical 9-to-5 job. My three children have also been top priorities in my life, and this career path has given me quality time with them.
Q: Do you ever feel God’s presence or the Holy Spirit when performing?
A: It depends on what I’m singing and where I’m singing, but when it happens, there is nothing on this earth that compares to His presence. I remember leading worship in church one morning, and I was singing the song, “There is a River” (I Will Rejoice and Be Glad). I was so overcome with emotion I could hardly catch my breath. God’s redemption plan and what Christ did for me on the Cross became so real to me.
Now, when I’m playing secular shows, I don’t necessarily feel the Holy Spirit moving through the music, but I do feel that God is with me. Isaiah 45:2 says, “I will go before thee, and make the rough places smooth.” So true. Whether one is singing, painting, or creating something out of nothing, there is a healing aspect.
Q: Share anything you would like our readers to know about your walk with God.
A: I gave my life to Christ in October of 1995. After many potholes, deep valleys and giant mountains, I’m still walking with Him. He has used the trials and tribulations of my life to give me unshakeable faith and unwavering compassion.
One of my go-to verses is James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” The only way we can be transformed more and more into the likeness of our merciful and compassionate Christ is through the storms.
My husband, Terry Acosta, and I often lean on Isaiah 54:7: “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment, you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and your righteousness is from me, says the Lord.” When there are people in the world who are going above and beyond to tarnish your reputation and make themselves look better, this is a great scripture to meditate on. It brings us peace and blessed assurance that God is in control.
Q: What are your goals this year regarding your music and the band?
A: My band plays various clubs, restaurants, festivals, private parties and wedding receptions. My personal goal is just to be in the will of God. I ask God every day to open doors and close the ones he wants to shut. On a personal note, I’m a huge Saints fan and wrote and recorded a song called “Imma Who Dat.” We produced a video and one may find it on YouTube. It would be awesome if the Saints one day decided to play it in the Superdome.
Q: You came out of a major storm in your life and have found love again?
A: Life as a newlywed is pure bliss. Terry Acosta, my husband, is an amazing bass player who not only plays in the band but helps me manage the band. Terry sings, as well, and this break away from the microphone allows my voice to rest.
Aside from our professional career, I would have to say he is the most considerate, thoughtful, kind, loving, respectful, romantic and goofy man I’ve ever met….and he is so dang cute! My three kids adore him, too.
Terry and I wrap our arms around each other when we pray together and there is nothing more intimate and beautiful. I’m so thankful my children get to see how it’s supposed to be between a husband and wife. They see laughter, playfulness, affection and argument, but they see us work things out.
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name…” This is our family’s prayer on a daily basis. Call out to God, and he will hear you. I am living proof.
To book The Allison Collins Band, see her Facebook page or call 225-773-9662.