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Collin Raye

Contemporary country star Collin Raye burned up the sales charts in the '90s, thanks to a blend of country-rock and smooth balladry, and a willingness to record socially conscious material in between the dance and romance tunes. Raye was actually born Floyd Collin Wray in DeQueen, AR, in 1959, and his mother, Lois, was a locally popular singer who opened concerts for various Sun Records stars in the '50s. She sometimes brought Collin and his older brother Scott on-stage to harmonize with her, and so Collin first performed publicly at the age of seven. As teenagers, he and Scott formed a country-rock outfit called the Wray Brothers Band, and Collin adopted the stage name Bubba Wray. They first played in Texas roadhouses and honky tonks and later found regular gigs in Portland, OR, and Reno, NV; the group also recorded several independent-label singles starting in 1983. Shortening their name to the Wrays, they signed with Mercury in 1986 and released two singles over the next two years, but nothing came of them, and the group broke up. Raye contemplated leaving music in favor of a factory job that would support his new family but elected to stick it out, changing the spelling of his name and ultimately landing a deal with Epic in 1990.

Raye released his debut album, All I Can Be, in 1991, and it really took off with the release of the second single, "Love, Me." A tearjerker about the death of a loved one, "Love, Me" zoomed to the top of the country charts in early 1992, becoming a popular funeral song among fans. The follow-up single, "Every Second," went to number two, and All I Can Be went platinum -- as did its follow-up, 1992's In This Life, whose title track became Raye's second number one hit and a popular wedding ballad. In This Life also spun off three additional Top Ten hits in "I Want You Bad (And That Ain't Good)," "That Was a River," and "Somebody Else's Moon." Raye notched his third straight million-selling album with 1994's harder-rocking Extremes, whose number two hit "Little Rock" was Raye's first big message song, taking on the subject of alcohol abuse. He also hit the Top Ten with "That's My Story," "Man of My Word," and "If I Were You" and landed another number one with "My Kind of Girl." 1995's I Think About You returned to his trademark ballad-heavy style and became his fourth platinum album in a row, helped by the Top Five hits "One Boy, One Girl," the anti-domestic-violence title track, the anti-racism "Not That Different," and "On the Verge."

Having cranked out hits for the last four years, Raye relaxed a little bit, issuing only the holiday album Christmas: The Gift in 1996 and the compilation The Best of Collin Raye: Direct Hits the following year; the latter's newly recorded "What the Heart Wants" and "Little Red Rodeo" both went Top Five. Finally, Raye issued another full album of new material, The Walls Came Down, in 1998. "Someone You Used to Know" and "Anyone Else" both made the Top Five, and "I Can Still Feel You" became Raye's fourth number one hit; the album also contained an anti-child-abuse statement in "The Eleventh Commandment." Perhaps Raye's recent divorce had turned his attention to children even more than usual, for he followed that with an album of lullabies for kids, Counting Sheep, in 2000. Later that year, he issued the proper album Tracks, which featured the Top Five hit "Couldn't Last a Moment" but didn't produce the usual number of massive singles. The follow-up, 2001's Can't Back Down, confirmed that Raye was hitting a sales slump, as it became his first album to miss the country Top Ten. The newly independent Raye took nearly five years to release his studio follow-up--Live at Billy Bob's Texas arrived in 2004. The resulting Twenty Years and Change marked a return--for better or for worse-- to the ballad-heavy style that won him acclaim in the late-nineties. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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one boy one girl
dolphiness63 8
I have one of his CDs my sister and I have in this life
i think about you
hphilamlee1
I am from De Queen. Almost all of our streets has Colin raye on it
My fab Collin raye song is one boy on girl awesom song!!!!
deanacharlen e
Love, love love Collin Raye! A true, amazing artist and performer! His music is the most meaningful, emotional music I have heard from a country artist.
You must seem him perform live! I live about 30 miles from where he started his career. He comes back every year just to perform for us and then will hang w/ us at the bar. He has such
a big and appreciative heart! I could go on and on about him, but I think you get it. Go see him perform even if you don't like country..... I promis
Love midlife Chrysler!!!! Awesome sound
Whale222 you are absolutly correct about todays country. I cant listen to it either..
jtslonina
awesome
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We need more Collin Raye and John Berry. Today's country is pop and now they're even infusing rap into it. I can't listen to it anymore. Thank you Pandora for allowing us to listen to TRUE country.
I miss all the great country artists. Where have they all gone??? They've left us with a radio full of modern country that sounds nothing like and has none of the emotion of true country music.
Fantastic!
I miss hearing him, his music was always very real and personal to me,
coolmusiczon e _ 3 3
Colin raye is amazing
suedblac1
Love him:) great voice and his music talks to you:)
shoobee101
one of my favorite entertainers of all time.love his music,but i love his concerts even more.just saw him about 2 weeks ago,and he still knows how to bring down the house.see you in wendover next year Collin!
imgigglegirl
I still listen to his CD's on my way to work. NEVER tire of that voice & the ballads. This song makes me especially cry. My parents were so in love just like the people in this song.
Love, Me reminds me of how my grandmother nana passed away before my grandpa and at the funeral, he kept saying why didn't she wait for me, why why? , and I said Pop she is waiting for you and you'll see her soon. Can't get through this song without tears. It's beautiful!
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Collin Raye's music!
ottaylor30
That was a River, by Colin Raye is great!
I have always loved Collin and miss his music. I have seen him perform a couple times and would again.
She's Gonna Fly got me through my mother's quick bought with alzheimer's. Thank you!!!! :+)
I LOVE HIS BEAUTIFUL MUSIC! "ONE BOY, ONE GIRL"! "LOVE, ME"! ETC....
a.withrow
I love me some Collin Raye!!!
alphasaluki
What a sweet voice he has.
nic4lyn
Collin Raye is one of the BEST Country Artists there is!!! I love his music and enjoy listening to all his songs!!!
Love this song R.I.P. Dawn
lmeyer52
He most certainly is the most under rated performer out there. He is the BEST!!!! His music makes you think and feel. If you ever have the opportunity to see him in concert..... . G O . You will not be disappointed . I have seen him ALOT and will continue to go anytime I can.
hollibelt
Collin Raye - He is the most amazing artist! His lyrics just wrap around your heart and hold you close. I was able to get almost all his CD's/albums in the last 2 weeks and I am hooked on country! Another country artist I found this summer has the same type of style in lyrics that also continue to speak to my heart. His name is Josh Bales. So many people are "hopeful" romantics and these artists address many of those feelings we have!Keep writing and producing those great tunes w/stories that wa
He is wonderful! Great concert if you get the chance to see him! He is the MOST under rated male singer in country music!
Like all of his songs
I love his music. I hope he makes a great "comeback". I miss hearing his songs on the radio....... . .
i love his songs and that really get to me when I am down.
bobnvb8
I love his songs mostly love me
This song really geets to me
nklug3
They should post his christmas album!
I just love listening to him.
To be honest I was never a huge fan of Colin Raye but his song "In This life" was an outstanding recording by Mr Raye,he had ties in my state of Oregon and
over the years I learned to like many of his songs.
spores_mindy
My grandfather past so the song love me I had my gramma listen to and it inspired her more then anythnig could have cause she was not doing to well for awhile and now she is ok thanks to your song thank you very much if you see this.
I love him!
deda39sunni
I love his song I am listening to. It is so beautiful and yes I too laugh, cried, loved, and now I live in fear because I let my true love go. Very true and very sad the way life is and the way we have to play our cards just right or we lose.

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