Like many aspiring musicians, guitarist/vocalist Nick Colionne was born into the business. At the behest of his stepfather, he picked up the guitar at the age of nine. A professional touring artist by the age of 15, Colionne spent much of his time on the road with older musicians, often penciling in a fake mustache to fit in. However, his mother, Juanita, wasn't about to let her son get off without an education, so Nick graduated from high school, went to college, and now finds himself -- when he isn't touring and recording -- teaching and mentoring elementary-school students in Elgin, IL. He's released four albums since 1994. His latest is the smooth jazz and funk collection Just Come On In. ~ James Christopher Monger
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