Entertainment Spotlight : Musician J Collins


When did you know you wanted to be a musician?

 I was 9 years old when I knew I wanted to be a singer. I was watching a television show and Bon Jovi came on and it looked cool. I said that’s what I’m going to do. I was already writing poetry to deal with my abusive household. It was a great fit music and poetry. I wouldn’t get to play guitar till I was 12 yrs old. I learned 3 chords while in a home for boys. A counselor name Nigel Kelly taught me the Eagles “take it easy” after that, I wouldn’t have a chance to pickup a guitar till I was in my mid 20s.

What do you want visitors and locals to know about being a musician that they may not already know?

Being a musician is a God given talent that requires a lot of patience and nurturing. Not everyone will be able to sing, perform and write, however everyone can sing along. I’m personally tired of television making folks with talent feel like it’s either now or never. You have to work at it, even Mozart worked and played constantly. Being a successful musician requires an addiction, selfishness and a deep understanding that it’s not just about you, it’s about helping people.

What’s the craziest thing that happened at a show?

 In the middle of my song “Summer daze” the crowd was storming the stage and having a great time. The stage started to give a bit as more and more fans came on. We we’re in the middle of “hey hey” I have the audience scream it back to us. A police officer gets on the piano players mic and screams, right in time “hey hey get off the stage” about 3 times. It was the craziest thing I ever had happen at a show. That was rock star status lol.

Who has been an influence in your music?

I use to think Bon Jovi, Garth Brooks, Clint black and Travis Tritt, Prince and Michale Jackson, made up my biggest influence. When I was younger my step father gave me an eagles greatest hits tape. I hated him and I thought I would hate this tape. Well as it turns out I listened to it on the bus all the way back to the boys home I was in. I thought ” dang these guys aren’t bad” I was into hard rock and dance music. It wasn’t till later in life I got into the formentuoned bands. I love every genre and find the good in most. I find originality impossible. I grew up in a time where you had to have it all, sing, dance, write, and personality. All the greats did and still do the rest is just a song or a passing fad.

What’s next for you?

I’m not sure what’s next. These days my bus has had everything go wrong with it, my band members left for things they said they never wanted, money is tight and my songs are better than ever, however I’m on an island alone. I wake up to everyone saying the music industry is gone and it makes me mad and full of doubt. I get that it is a rich persons game, full of nephews and niece’s getting to play for a while then they’re gone. The truth is if God gives you the green light, your going. I don’t know how far I will actually go, but that’s the life of a true artist. 

What social media do you use?

I use ever form of social media, FB, Instagram, twitter, website etc. I recently hired a girl on a budget to help me. These outlets have helped musicians like me become popular in markets like Sweden, Spain and others I’m not even aware of. I also feel it’s better for the environment to download verses cds etc.

Describe being a musician in 5 words or less

Blessed with a curse, that’s the life of a musician.

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