I was just five-years-old the first time I heard “Love Me” on country radio in 1991. That moment is stuck in my mind forever, because Collin Raye is that type of musician. His songs are powerful and they tell a story that pulls you in and makes you want to listen until the very end. Throughout the 90’s, Raye sold more than eight million records and had 24 Top Ten singles, 16 of those made it to number one. Raye is one of the most well loved country music singers of my generation and he is still making music today. He is set to soon release a tribute album for his close friend Glen Campbell. I am honored that he took the time to answer my 10 Random Questions.
Brittany Vance: What is your favorite thing about country music?
Collin Raye: My love for country music has always been based on the lyrics. Real stories about real life and love. I think most of that has been totally lost, but I’m hopeful that it will come back when people finally get fed up with the current trend.
BV: Out of all the songs you’ve written or performed which one do you relate to the most?
CR: The song I wrote “She’s With Me” , about my precious Granddaughter, Haley, is certainly the most relative to me personally. Out of the big hits, probably “Little Rock” is still my favorite to sing.
BV: Do you have a favorite place to perform?
CR: My favorite place I’ve ever performed is probably the “Greek Theater” in L. A. I also really love playing at the ” Tuscan ” outdoor Amphitheater in Southern Utah. Its simply a spectacular setting.
BV: Do you think country music should evolve?
CR: I think it HAS to evolve at this point, but for me, that would be a return to the great poetic, lyrical songs of the past. It was never better than it was in the ’60s when [Merle] Haggard, Waylon [Jennings], [Kris] Kristofferson, [Johnny] Cash, etc., were young and vibrant.
BV: If you could duet with any female artist who would you pick?
CR: Celine Dion. I already have had the honor of singing duets with Tammy Wynette , Dolly Parton and Trisha Yearwood. It’s hard to beat those.
BV: One food you can’t live without?
CR: Hot dogs
BV: Do you have a life motto?
CR: “There are two kinds of people in the world: those who have been humbled and those who will be.”
BV: What advice would you give someone who wanted to persue music as a career?
CR: If you’re good at ANYTHING else, one should avoid this business like the plague. If you must get in it, work on developing incredibly thick skin along with developing your talent. There is no justice, no fairness, very little logic and very very few honorable people in it.
BV: Any new projects in the works for you? Anything we can look forward to?
CR: My autobiography is due out by January. I believe its a great story people will enjoy and hopefully be inspired by. Also, we’ve just finished my new album, a tribute to my friend Glen Campbell. I wanted to honor him and his musical legacy, while he can still appreciate it and feel the love that we put into it.
BV: Is there anything you would like to say to all the Collin Raye fans out there?
CR: I have the greatest fans of anyone! They have been with me through thick and thin, for the whole ride. They know I’ve always been a “square peg in a round hole” and appreciate me because of that. With them , its always about the music and the message. I love them most for that.
Author: Brittany Vance
Southern WV born and bred who is a lover of all things country. She’s a mother of two and professional hell raiser. Brittany will pop in from time to time as a Guest Columnist who will present her unfiltered thoughts on the most recent country concerts and maybe an exclusive interview or two.