Friday, July 22, 2005

Chris Collins Saturday August 13, 2005

A summer trip through the Canadian Rockies inspired Chris Collins to return to the musical roots that he nurtured during his teenage years. Chris learned to play guitar on his own, using a beat-up old guitar that he borrowed from a friend. He found himself inspired by the music of John Denver, Dan Fogleburg and James Taylor, and he earned extra money for college by playing cover songs. Time has a way of making us put some things aside, and Chris was no exception. He spent the next several years of his life raising his family and enjoying life. But, in the summer of 2000, music re-entered the life of Chris Collins during a trip through the Canadian Rockies. He bought a guitar in a small Canadian town, and by the end of his Rocky Mountain holiday, Chris had written several songs. His guitar has never been far away from him since those special moments in the mountains, and Chris has proven himself to be one of the most talented troubadours of our time.

Since returning his focus to his music, Chris has been selected twice as a Top Ten Regional Singer/Songwriter at the Kerrville Folk Festival in both 2002 and 2004. He was a 2004 Finalist at the Wildflowers Songwriters Competition, and was also nominated for Song of the Year and Producer of the Year for the My Texas Music Awards in 2003. Chris is a Featured Artist for the month of September on the 2004 calendar. In the In the Fall of 2005 Chris will be performing with the Midland Odessa Symphony He co-founded the Houston Association of Acoustic Musicians and has been the host of a popular radio music show on KPFT-Houston since 2003. Chris has also established a name for himself in the state of Colorado, where he performs each October at the annual John Denver memorial week in several concerts and events, including John Denver’s Windstar Foundation, and he will be headlining his own concert there in October, 2005. On top of all of his professional performance credits, Chris is co-owner of A Songwriters Studio in Houston, Texas.

The music of Chris Collins is guaranteed to make you smile, tap your toes, and bring back memories of a simpler time. Whether he is singing songs from his original album “Alberta Skies”, or paying tribute to the artists who inspired him by sharing their music with his audience… Chris has a special way of making each person feel like the song he is singing is being sung just for them. He is one of those artists who doesn’t come along every day, and his musical mark will be the legacy he will share with everyone who is lucky enough to listen to him.


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