J Collins is a fan based, national country rock artist whose lyrics pay homage to the working class hero. He is a rising star who possesses an inherent ability to capture an audience through his powerful stage presence. Jay’s lively and engaging performances keep the crowds longing for more. The Collins’ “showmanship” has been compared to a range of legendary stars from “The Rolling Stones, to Elvis Presley”
Jay is an accomplished writer, producer, publisher and singer whose heart and soul convey the passionate entertainer that burns within him. With Collins’ self-penned début, EP behind him and his new CD “Come Get Some” available, Collins demonstrates an authentic musician that puts his spirit to rhythm, his heart to words, and his humanity to harmony. With one hand in the past and the other reaching towards the future, Collins is quickly making his mark as an artist who reaches into the heart of America.
Coming from a broken home and growing up on the streets of upstate New York, Jay quickly realized he needed an outlet. He started by putting his emotions to paper in the form of poetry, at the age of 9. While living in a home for boys at age 12, he picked up a guitar and his love affair with music began. To Jay, it seemed as if a lifetime had passed, before he was truly able to break through the walls and open the gift of melody and lyric that you hear today. Collins moved to Nashville in the fall of 2006, leaving behind family and friends, to realize his aspirations and define his future in the music industry. In spite of its own array of hardships, Jay arrived in Nashville with high hopes and full of energy. No stranger to hard work, having worked construction, truck driving, and sales, Collins quickly took his place in the Nashville scene, attending all the writer’s nights, open mics and ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors And Publishers) meetings he could – all while still working by day, as a salesman.
Success began to unfold as Collins EP “Green Means Go” was finalized between his new home in Jacksonville, Florida and the famed Omni Studio in Nashville. With the new release of “Party Our Hats Off“, opportunity was finally catching up with talent. The world began waking up to J Collins, as radio stations one by one began to play his new single, “Party Our Hats Off”. In the middle of this success, came the tragic loss of one of Jay’s friends who had been involved in an abusive relationship. Jay felt compelled to bring greater awareness to the harsh realities of “Domestic Violence.” This cause was of the utmost importance to Jay and inspired him to write the lyrics, melody, and direct the video for “Time 2 Talk”: a true and tragic story of domestic violence that ended in the death of his friend. Jay continues his success by challenging the world to “Come Get Some” his newest self penned CD, and video. As the YouTube hits continue to grow and the singles garner more airplay, Collins is pushing forward harder than ever.
J Collins has already shared the stage with many great artists such as Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, and Jake Owen while at the 2012 Runaway Country Festival. He has opened for Molly Hatchet, Chris Young, Colt Ford, Lo Cash Cowboys, Big & Rich, Kellie Pickler and many notable others. Jay is a CMT/ CMA Festival artist; signing autographs for the fans and walking the red carpet in Fan Fare Hall. Other notable performances include The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, One Spark, Gator Bowl,Countless Fairs and Festivals. Jay has earned a top spot at the Coke Zero 400, Headlining the midway on the Coke Zero Stage.
Jay continues to pursue his ultimate dream of “changing lives through his music.” His concerts are not to be missed as he reveals the passion of both his songwriting and the desire to entertain his fans, as only he knows how. With his career on the move and taking each fan for a wild and unforgettable ride, everyone should get ready for the party.