COLLIN RAYE

Guest Artist

Biography

Born Floyd Elliot Wray on August 22, 1960 in De Queen, Arkansas, country artist Collin Raye was one of the true hit makers of the 1990s. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 Top 10 records, 16 No. 1 hits, and having been a 10-time Male Vocalist of the Year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM noms), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time.

Collin Raye is nothing if not passionate. His soulful delivery has set country standards in such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “If I Were You.” Always an energizing showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.”

Collin shot to fame with “Love, Me” in 1991. Listeners were so moved by this golden and pure voice that this song set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful and emotional songs that have often been used for weddings, anniversaries, memorial services and funerals. When “Little Rock”, an anthem for those struggling with addition recovery, hit the chart in 1994, its video led to over 100,000 phone calls to Alcoholics Anonymous from folks seeking help in their addictions. “Not That Different” was a song that pleaded for tolerance. “In This Life” became a wedding favorite and “I Think About You” won awards for its song and video which exposed the exploitation of women and children.

In 2011, Collin released his first inspirational album, His Love Remains, which quickly shot to No. 1 on Amazon for inspirational and religious music. In 2013, Collin released his album Still on the Line, which is a tribute album to his longtime friend and country music legend, Glen Campbell. The album, featuring Grand Ole Opry member Ricky Skaggs and Billy Dean, includes classic Glen Campbell hits. Collin continues to perform his traditional country music across America and abroad and has added Christian and Catholic concerts to his tour schedule as well. His autobiography, A Voice Undefeated, was released April 2014. He resides in Nashville, TN with his daughter, Britanny and granddaughter, Mattie.

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"The arts are how people express themselves and rise above their mundane existence. Country music is an American way of doing that."

- COLLIN RAYE

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