Country Music Success Stories | Episode Fourteen - Interview with Collin Raye
Your identity is not about how well you’re doing on the charts, that’s your job, you have to treat that as your career and keep it separate. Your identity has to be bigger than,“I’m a star” because that star can fade fast. - Collin Raye
Words of wisdom from multi-platinum selling artist, Collin Raye. With 12 studio albums, 39 singles, 24 top 10 songs and 16 number 1 hits, he is a solid recording artist and live performer who is hardwired for a career in country music. Born Floyd Elliot Wray and known throughout his early life as“Bubba Wray”, Collin was always surrounded by music. His mother, Lois Wray was the opening act for the Sun Records Tour, featuring Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Collin’s dad played bass and loved bringing playing the songs of his favorite country artists over and over on the family stereo. In this interview, Collin takes you into his rise from singing harmonies and playing the tambourine on stage as a child for his mother, to chalking up number 1 songs throughout the 90’s and you’ll hear plenty of his songs in this episode. But it is Collin’s love of performance that really shines through. Says Collin: “I don’t know what to do with myself if I can’t sing songs for people and make them happy. That’s all I know how to do.” His final answer about success might surprise you. Go ahead and take a listen.
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