At age six, Collier wanted to be a drummer. His parents, albeit for selfish reasons, suggested the acoustic guitar instead. Collier's father gave him an old Stella Harmony guitar and Collier has been performing ever since. His first "professional" gig was in Durango, Colorado in 1989 where he earned $20 for a two hour show. At that point, the money did not matter. Collier was being paid to do the thing he loved - a dream come true. In 1990, Collier returned to Oklahoma City and recorded his first demo. Soon afterwards, he began performing regularly at local clubs and bars in Oklahoma City and the surrounding area.
In 1993 while performing in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Collier met a representative of NACA, the National Association for Campus Activities, an organization that matches performers with colleges and universities throughout the country. The NACA rep encouraged Collier to submit his material for consideration. He did so and became a three-time showcase selection at NACA Conventions held in Houston and Dallas. Through NACA and his booking agent, Dog Bone Entertainment, Collier toured and performed throughout the United States at venues ranging from small clubs and coffee houses to large amphitheaters and theme parks.
In 1995, Collier was selected by the Oklahoma City Arts Council to perform at the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts, a forty year old event held in late April. Being named to perform at this annual event is quite an honor. Less than two weeks prior to the Festival, Oklahoma City was shattered. On April 19, 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building and Collier's home town were victims of unspeakable horror. In the aftermath, the Festival was canceled. However, the American Red Cross contacted the Arts Council and arranged for various festival performers to give concerts for the relief workers who were headquartered near the blast site. Collier was one such performer and he describes this show as the "most meaningful and inspirational performance" of his career.
In June of 1995, Collier released his first CD An End and a Beginning. Starting with a concert at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City, Collier toured extensively in support of the album. At one show, he was approached by the producer of OKC Metro, a weekly television News Magazine featuring local artists and cultural figures. At that time, he was asked to perform on television. Over the next few years, Collier was featured several times on OKC Metro, both "un-plugged" and with his band, Ten Pins. Two performances from OKC Metro are available on the videos page of the web site.
In 1997, Collier returned to the studio to record his second album, Wonderland. Collier again teamed with producer Scott Garrod and the resulting CD was released in 1998 to critical praise and popular success. As with the previous CD, Collier toured to support the album and performed on live radio broadcasts throughout Oklahoma and Texas.
In 1999, Collier moved to Atlanta, Georgia and began performing in local clubs and restaurants. Being in Atlanta also allowed him to travel regularly to Nashville and he has performed several times at the famed Blue Bird Cafe. In 2003, Collier was selected to perform in concert at the Kicks 101.5 Country Music Fair held at Six Flags over Georgia.
Collier returned to the studio last summer and released his third CD, Farther Down The Line, in November. The album has been hailed as his best work to date and features the hit singles Moonlight and Walk Away, which have both broken iTunes sales records.
Collier is now a mainstay of the Atlanta music scene and tours throughout the southeastern US. The love of music has taken him a long way since Durango. He has traveled all over the country and performed his songs to both intimate crowds and large audiences. He has been featured on television shows and his music has has been played on radio stations throughout the south central United States. Through this success, however, the personal nature of his music remains.
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