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Born Floyd Elliot Wray on August 22, 1960 in De Queens, Arkansas, country artist Collin Raye was one of the true hit makers on the 1990s. Collin still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honest and richness that is signature to his vocals alone. With 24 top 10 records, 16 #1 hits, and having been a 10 time male vocalist of the year nominee (5 CMA and 5 ACM), this truly electrifying performer of his era remains one of the great voices of our time.
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 addiction 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.
Collin continues to perform his traditional country music across America and abroad and has added Christian and Catholic oncerts to his tour schedule as well. His autobiography, That's My Story: The Undefeated Life of Collin Raye, was released in 2014. He currently resides in Nashville, TN with his daughter, Britanny and granddaughter, Mattie.