THURSDAY, NOV. 8, 2012 – 7:00PM
Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center
One of the true hit makers of the 1990’s, Collin Raye still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals on his newly formed label, StarPointe Records.
Collin Raye is nothing if not passionate. His fiery delivery has made country standards of such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “Little Rock.” Always an electrifying 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 touched that they used its lyrics at funerals and memorial services. That set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful songs. “Little Rock” was an anthem for the recovery community. “Not That Different” pleaded for tolerance. “In This Life” became a wedding favorite. He won awards for the child-advocacy video “I Think About You.” Five times nominated as country music’s Male Vocalist of the Year, Collin Raye has consistently used his stardom to advance social causes. Among the organizations he has supported are Boys Town, First Steps, Al-Anon, Special Olympics, Country Cares About AIDS, Catholic Relief Services, Parade of Pennies, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, The Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence, The Emily Harrison Foundation, Childhelp USA, Silent Witness National Initiative, Easter Seals and Make a Difference Day. At the 2001 Country Radio Seminar, Clint Black presented Collin Raye with the organization’s Humanitarian of the Year award in recognition of Collin’s issue-oriented music and his tireless charity work.
The man who has topped the charts with such great songs as “On the Verge,” “One Boy, One Girl,” “What the Heart Wants,” “Every Second” and “That Was a River” is finally ready for another round of successes. ”I believe in Providence,” says Collin Raye. “I believe there’s a reason things happen the way they do. I also believe that if you’ve treated people right and you continue to work hard at your craft, things will happen. I want to keep going. I want hit records. I want to make music.”
Nominated five times as country music Male Vocalist of the Year, Collin continues to do what he loves: share his passion. Whether it’s delivering the unforgettable lines of his first No. 1 hit, “Love, Me,” or supporting an array of various organizations, such as Boys Town and Special Olympics, Collin has truly touched the lives of many. At the 2001 Country Radio Seminar, Clint Black presented him with the organization’s Humanitarian of the Year award.
Collin’s career has been built on meaningful songs and issue-oriented music. And with chart-toppers like “One Boy, One Girl,” On the Verge,” “What the Heart Wants,” “Every Second,” and “That Was a River,” Collin Raye is ready to take on another round of success.