Well, on the phone, actually.
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.
But when the album he released later that year wasn”t successfully promoted, Collin asked for his release from Sony. Contractual roadblocks didn”t allow Collin to seek a new record deal for a period of time. Eventually he was able to aggressively try to get back in the record business.
Thus, Collin Raye began looking for a home for Twenty Years and Change. He turned down major-label overtures to sign with Infinity Records in 2004, but that company folded, further delaying his return to disc. The Navarre-distributed Aspirion picked up his recording contract in August 2005.
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.”
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