Country artist Collin Raye, one of the true hit makers of the 1990s, still continues to crank out soulful, heartfelt material with the honesty and richness that is signature to his vocals.
He will appear at the Union City Civic Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22 as the second installment of the 2012-13 Community Concert Association of Union City/Obion County series.
Raye is nothing if not passionate. His fiery delivery has made country standards of such searing ballads as “Love, Me,” “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “Little Rock.” Always an electrifying showman, he has also blazed through such vivid rockers as “My Kind of Girl,” “That’s My Story,” “I Can Still Feel You” and “I Want You Bad.”
Born Floyd Elliot Wray on Aug. 22, 1960, Raye shot to fame with “Love, Me” in 1991. Listeners were so touched that they used its lyrics at funerals and memorial services. That set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful songs. “Little Rock” was an anthem for the recovery community. “Not That Different” pleaded for tolerance. “In This Life” became a wedding favorite. He won awards for the child advocacy video “I Think About You.”
Five times nominated as country music’s Male Vocalist of the Year, Raye has consistently used his stardom to advance social causes. Among the organizations he has supported are Boys Town, First Steps, Al-Anon, Special Olympics, Country Cares About AIDS, Catholic Relief Services, Parade of Pennies, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, The Tennessee Task Force Against Domestic Violence, The Emily Harrison Foundation, Childhelp USA, Silent Witness National Initiative, Easter Seals and Make a Difference Day. At the 2001 Country Radio Seminar, Clint Black presented Raye with the organization’s Humanitarian of the Year award in recognition of his issue-oriented music and his tireless charity work.
The man who has topped the charts with such great songs as “On the Verge,” “One Boy, One Girl,” “What the Heart Wants,” “Every Second” and “That Was a River” is finally ready for another round of successes.
“I believe in providence,” says Raye. “I believe there’s a reason things happen the way they do. I also believe that if you’ve treated people right and you continue to work hard at your craft, things will happen. I want to keep going. I want hit records. I want to make music.”
Memberships are available for the concert series, which also includes performances by Masters of Motown on Nov. 17, Papa Doo Run Run on March 9, 2013, and VoicePlay on April 20, 2013.
Membership tickets are available for $95 per family, $45 for adults, $40 for seniors or $25 for students. Patron memberships include Eighth Note $100-$249, Quarter Note $250-499, Half Note $500-999 and Full Note $1,000 and above. Patron memberships will be listed in the program for each concert. Membership tickets and patron memberships are available by calling Mike Cox at (731) 536-4569 or Chuck Doss at (731) 886-1155.
Individual tickets for each show will be $20 and may be purchased in advance from Sandra Harris at Lanzer Printing and Office Supply in downtown Union City or at the door.
For more information, visit www.communityconcertuc.org.
Published in The Messenger 9.12.12