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Curt Collins

by Curt Collins

Contemporary Gospel, Pop/Rock
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Gospel
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1. On & On
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2. I Will Worship
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3. Waiting on You
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4. Shadow & Light
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5. Love Unconditional
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6. Growing Young
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7. Cat's in the Cradle
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CURT COLLINS

Singer/songwriter Curt Collins isn’t one of those guys who entered music industry ranks just to puff up with fame, stroke his own ego or amass the riches that a hit single can cultivate. Rather he’s cut from an incredibly sincere cloth steeped in wanting to serve others, share with them touching stories from his life, be a listening ear for the broken and a source of hope for the hurting. While that might seem like the general protocol for any contemporary Christian artist, Collins’ passion overflows in an undeniably unique manner, making it impossible to ignore and perhaps more potent than any relative newcomer in recent memory.

“It’s always been my goal to touch one person at a time even though people always ask ‘don’t you want to do more than that?’” considers Collins as he gears up for a 2006 self-titled CD release. “I think my music has no boundaries and is for the church and unchurched. I also have a heart for kids in children’s homes, the ones who were abandoned and forgotten, and all the parents out there.”

The fibers of Collins’ testimony actually date back to his adoption from youth and parents who unconditionally stood by his side personally, musically and spiritually. Though they’ve both since passed away, the troubadour looks to their relationship with fondness and anchors much of his expressions as a tribute to them, as well as directed towards his wife and children.

“When I was in eighth grade, I’d sit with my guitar at the fireplace and on winter nights I’d play for my parents,” he recalls of that youthful artistic growth spurt. “When I got done, usually with something by John Denver, I’d notice my mother crying, though she’d always try to hide it. I’ve realized it’s okay to cry and now the tears are mine now that my parents are gone, but I take every opportunity to let my family know how much I care about that and that we’re all in this together.”

In fact those bonds are so tight that the family re-routed its course from a life in Little Rock, Arkansas to a recent move towards Nashville given Collins’ recording commitments and desire to be located in the heart of Music City. Though homesickness is a part of every move and loved ones were left behind, many new doors have been opened and its only brought Curt, his wife Bettinna and sons Aaron and Colin that much closer together.

“Any move is tough, but through a lot of prayer and consideration, this decision really sat right on our hearts,” Collins explains, continuing with unabashed honesty. “There have already been times when it’s been tough and we’ve missed our old home, but there have been several signs already that God has called us here. How can we question His will when His son died on the cross for us?”

Amongst those several signs is a pairing with producer/songwriter Jamie Slocum (and chart topping Curb Records artist) for the self-titled project’s sessions. The duo’s partnership came after a web of mutual musical friends put the two in touch and their time together ranged from songwriting to studio time to touring to a genuine friendship outside of professional pretenses.

“When I first met Jamie, we just got together and started writing, which is one of the many things he’s tremendous at doing,” Collins offers. “We were both waiting on the Lord about a lot of things and asked God to show us the way. The message that kept coming to us through that time together was God telling us ‘hey, don’t worry about it. I’ll take care of you and everything’s set.’”

Indeed it was, as those creative consultations not only soothed both men’s spirits, but the outcome also resonated with the public at large, shooting the album’s lead single “Waiting On You” up the charts on five major reporting radio stations across the country in a matter of weeks! Of course Collins is no stranger to the airwaves, already racking up a top ten hit with “Backyard Hero” (from his independent album Don’t Look Back Now) and the bi-lingual smash “Pray For the World,” though that type of response is remarkable considering this album’s forthcoming status!

But that track is merely one of the many standouts on the endeavor, including “Love Unconditional,” a powerful pop ballad soaked in tender strings, reminding all of Christ’s care for His children and a father’s love for his family in earthly contexts as well. A nod to the old school Rich Mullins’ “Growing Young” is a tear-jerking Prodigal Son type tale, sure to resonate with fans of “Backyard Hero” and already a concert favorite. The mighty “Shadow and Light” returns to finding hope amongst the darkness and trusting in God’s ultimate plan, while a riveting nod to Harry Chapin’s “Cats In the Cradle” again covers the father/son dynamic.

“Children grow up so fast and you better show them you love them because they’ll be all grown up and on their own one day,” observes Collins. “I was ministering at a prison in Forrest City, Arkansas and a resident came up to me after the concert thanking me for performing and told me he had a son who was a teenager. I’ll never forget him telling me with a tear in his eye ‘make sure to hug your child at night and tell him you love him because I can’t’ and that’s an incredibly poignant message I hope to pass on to others through this record.”

But even to that prisoner who won’t likely see the light of day until his son is completely grown, Collins is quick to recall Christ’s awe inspiring power and ability to heal the wounds of brokenness, distance and despair whether separation points are across the country, with physical bars in the way or through towering emotional walls.

“I just hope that I could touch all age groups and have a son hug his dad and mother hug her daughter no matter what they may be going through,” Collins concludes. “And for those with circumstances beyond their control, know that there’s always hope out there. I always tell people that there’s much more to life than just getting through the day, but that you can experience true happiness and healing through a relationship with Christ.”

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MYSPACE:
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Hillary

Fantastic music, perfect for all ages
Love all the songs on the CD. Very powerful words. Perfect for anyone to understand and worship God.

pluggedin magazine a "Focus on the Family" publication

uplifting great for the family
-Bob Smithouser, Editor

A father-son hug. It's a pleasure easily taken for granted. But in an Arkansas prison, Curt Collins rediscovered its value while ministering to an inmate tormented by the inability to hold his boy. Maybe that's why his self-titled CD includes folk-pop ballads about dads and sons popularized by Rich Mullins ("Growing Young") and Harry Chapin ("Cats in the Cradle"), as well as tunes offering listeners hugs from their Heavenly Father.

This acoustic disc leaps into gear with the country kicker "On and On," the singer's note-to-self to resist filling his God-shaped hole with worldly ambitions. Such melodic enthusiasm bleeds into songs about God's devotion ("Love Unconditional") and the internal flesh/spirit struggle ("Shadow and Light"). Whether pointing weary travelers to Hotel Jesus ("He Will Pull You Through," "Waiting on You") or communing with Him personally ("In the Garden," "I Will Worship"), Curt Collins is a fine blend for thirsty families willing to slow down and let life's piquant flavors linger on the tongue.

Powersource Magazine

outstanding new album
If you're already a fan of Curt Collins, you'll see him continue to grow in this outstanding new album. When he was rocking with producer Michael Sykes on his album "Don't Look Back Now," he was bridging that wonderful world of Southern and Contemporary Gospel. Now, he swings farther toward the pop side with producer Jamie Slocum, and makes the move with soul, humility, and a storyteller's grace. The tempo tunes are exciting, but it's the string-drenched ballads that really jump out of this collection, showcasing not only Curt's heart, but also his song-styling talents. What a musical triumph to include Harry Chapin's "Cat's In The Cradle" on a Gospel album. And if you ever thought "In The Garden" couldn't possibly be done in a fresh, new way, boy, are you in for a surprise with Collins' thoughtful rendition. This man is an artist.

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A. Canales

solid work recommended!
Curt Collins
FSS Music Group
www.CurtCollins.com

This album is bound to be a huge success. Collins delivers a work that is perfect for the mainstream CCM audience as well as the MOR/Inspirational and even folk and country [general] audiences.
The music was great by any standard and the singing is solid as well. My favorite songs were cuts #2, 3, 6, and 7. The latter track [#7] was a cover/remake of HARRY
CHAPIN'S "Cats In the Cradle" and Collins does a great remake of it with some nice guitar work being a highlight. A nice new arrangement.
The last cut on the CD, #10 is the classic "In the Garden" I think that the easy accessible feel found in the album--a light pop, folk, and MOR country touch, give it a mainstream pop sense that will be liked by all kinds of programmers. His lyrics are down-to-earth, honest real-life. Even the worship songs don't go over people's heads. It is a fine effort though it leans more on the MOR/Inspirational approach. I would have liked to have heard more variety, maybe a country rock tune or a bluesy number would
have added much to the album.
Still a solid work. Recommended.

Copyright 2007 A. Canales

Rachel Rosen

listeners will enjoy this one....
Curt Collins
Review
© Kevan Breitinger

Dec 7, 2006
By Rachel Rosen
Curt Collins - Photo Credit: Christian music

Curt Collins wants to share his stories. Whether he's ministering in a prison, or singing his heart out on his new self-titled album, he believes his stories will uplift.
So right out of the gate he's tearing into a John Mellencamp-like upbeat rocker, very Americana in its tone called "On and On" that Mr. Collins is having a good time with, and it's pretty contagious. The liner notes mention that he did a lot of the writing with producer Jamie Slocum, a popular Curb Records artist.

Anyway... "Curt Collins" is a worship project for the most part, rich with story songs and straightforward praise. Collins also has a soft spot for father-son relationships, both heavenly and earthly. "Growing Young" is an emotion-charged Prodigal Son track, and the 8th track, called "He Will Pull You Through" covers the same theme. Also offered up is a cover of Harry Chapin's "Cat in the Cradle," complete with '60s-type guitar nuances. Collins shared on the liner notes and his website of his grief in missing his parents, so this may explain the album's emphasis, one which I think many listeners will enjoy.

Collins clearly enjoys rocking out; check out jangly pop-worship track "Shadow and Light," as it climbs to a soaring chorus. But he may hit his stride on the ballads; airy ballad "Finally Free" and his quiet rendition of the closing hymn "In the Garden" both stand out. But the album's standout track is the string-rich ballad "Love Unconditional," hugely reminiscent of the Beatles.

Curt Collins lays out a big slice of his heart and his stories on his self-titled album, dropping January 9th. Keep an eye on his website for details.

Rob S. Alpha Omega News

fans of Bebo Norman and modern country will like this one...
Curt Collins Grade: A-
Self-titled
FSS Music Group
10 tracks @ 36:40

Fans of Bebo Norman and modern country will find it worth the effort to check out this very nice debut, which is produced by Jamie Slocum.
I really liked "the song "Growing Young." Lyrically, it reminded me of Rich Mullins. "I know so many secrets I wish I did not know." Other themes include God's ever lasting presence; "Shadow and Light" and "Waiting on You."
Collins does a nice cover of Harry Chapin's "Cats in the Cradle" which even had my wife singing along.
I wish this disk had a little more music to it.
- Rob S. Alpha Omega News/www.alphaomeganews.org
www.CurtCollins.com
www.MySpace.com/rtrscollins

Phantom Tollbooth

fans of Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Rice & Jamie Slocum will dig this album!
Curt Collins
Artist: Curt Collins
Label: FSS Records
Curt Collins delivers highly-polished pop songs that celebrate the Christian life. Some songs are more blatantly spiritual, while others deal with the spiritual aspects of life. Pleasant covers of "Cats in the Cradle" and "In the Garden" are at either end of the spectrum. For fans of Steven Curtis Chapman, Chris Rice, and this project's producer, Jamie Slocum. (Jonathan Nelson)taken from Phantom Toolbooth

Mai Lai Wilhelm

Love his voice and his message
From On and On to In The Garden it is just fantastic. My favorite song is Waiting On You it is my theme song he truly speaks to me with this beautiful song. His voice is very magical and beautiful, the message pure, I can rave on and on but the simple fact is, it is brilliant. I would recommend that EVERYONE listen to this CD. They WILL NOT be disappointed. I give 10+ stars. LOVE IT!!!

Lora From Jacksonville Florida

Wonderful music!
Any age will love this CD. Anyone who rides with me in the car has enjoyed it. This CD was better than I had even anticipated! I can assure anyone that they will be pleased with this purchase!

Pamela

SO much Talent
Excellant! From beginning to End this song grabs the listener!
I love the Bruce hornsby sounding piano from song one bouncing me thru the affirmation of the lyrics! Curt can deliver his conviction in every word sang from this cd and YOU will not be disappointed! I could not wait to open the cover and I play it regularly!
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