Matt Collins

Matt Collins

 Jacksonville, Florida, USA
SoloAmericanaAcoustic

Melody-driven americana/pop/country. Song placements in CBS' "The Ghost Whisperer" and "CSI: Miami," ABC Family's "Lincoln Heights," CTV's "Whistler" and promos for "House," "Glee," "New Girl" and the "2011 MLB All-Star Game." 2004 Windrift Music Songwriting Competition Grand Prize Winner.

Biography

Matt Collins is the epitome of the do-it-yourself musician. Matt is a self-taught guitarist, singer and songwriter, and a successful independent recording artist. Matt began writing and playing music professionally while attending the University of Florida. For over 10 years, Matt was the lead singer and guitarist for nationally accomplished Independent Pop/Rock band Longwood (later named The Treatment.)

Matt enjoyed numerous accolades and successes with this band including winning an international songwriting competition in 2004, 2 nationally released albums, Top 20 Most Played on XM Unsigned Radio, showcases for major record labels, Gator Growl performance at the University of Florida for over 60,000 people, and several national brand endorsements.

More recently, Matt has had music featured on the hit TV shows The Ghost Whisperer and "CSI: Miami" on CBS, Whistler on CTV, and Lincoln Heights on ABC Family. Matts music has also been featured in a national ad campaign for MTVs Road Rules and Jeep Automobiles, as well as promo spots for the television shows, "Glee," "New Girl," "House" and the 2011 MLB All Star Game.

In 2007, Matt released his debut album Short & Sweet to great reviews followed by a side project with his brother Bo, called The Collins Brothers. Matt has recently put the finishing touches on a new EP recorded in Nashville, TN. Matt has also co-written several new songs that are making their way around the industry. Matts music is available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and most major music download websites.

Fans of Matts are drawn to his powerful, soulful vocal style coupled with a rare ability to write insightful, sometimes witty, lyrics with infectious melodies. Matt is the epitome of the do-it-yourself musician by taking control of his career and has found a way to find success in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Matt finances his own recordings, marketing and merchandise, and continues to build a rapidly growing fan base with only the power of his music and forward-thinking marketing practices.

To hear streaming audio of Matt Collins debut album, and for up-to-date news, visit Matts website at http://www.MattCollinsOnline.com

Lyrics

Short and Sweet

Written By: Matt Collins

[Verse 1]
Hello how are you?
I’m fine and I’m alive and hungry too
It’s been a long time,
Since I’ve seen our place

I’m on my way back
Tired, broke and cracked again
It’s good to hear your voice
But it hurts just as much as it heals

[Pre-Chorus]
With every word you say, I feel farther away
Than I should be, love

[Chorus]
So let’s keep it short, honey
Keep it sweet, honey
Save your breath until I’m there
I’m gone, honey
It won’t be long, honey
So let’s keep it short, keep it sweet, until we meet

[Verse2]
It’s drive-by love,
And five hundred miles is far enough
It’s strange how the time
Never ends, never moves ahead

I hear you on the line
The words I can’t find to cheer you up
Just wanted you to know
I’ve got two states to go, and I’ll be home

[Pre-Chorus]
With every word you say, I feel farther away
Than I should be, love

[Chorus]
[Solo]
[Chorus}
[End]

Letting Go

Written By: Matt Colins

I feel like I just left the ground behind
Letting go led me straight to you
A failing mind and a sorrowful love
Was all I had

These drowning eyes could never say too much
A heart that beats and falls in front of you
Deserving more that being just a crutch
I was a fool

Chorus:
I feel like the lucky one
And I am starting to see you
I broke this heart of steel and stone
And now I'm finally letting go

I get lost in a world of time
A simple fool in a simple world
A stronger mind wouldn't let me sleep
Oh oh

Chorus

Bridge:
I will Plow Up The Hard Ground of My Heart
And Find You

Chorus

Pretty Little Wrecking Ball

Written By: Matt Collins and Brock Berryhill

Standing three feet tall with a two foot grin
A whole lot to handle and she's back again
but she's my heart and soul
It's hard to be angry at something so small
when shes drawing stick figures on her bedroom walls
and says "look daddy, its me and you"

If I could freeze little moments like these...

Chorus:
she's my pretty little wrecking ball, coming alive just enough sweet and a whole lot of wild
but she's my heart, that little girl's a daily kickstart
Now I'm bracing myself for when she's got to go her heart's on fire, so I cant say no
that girl she'll have it all
She's a pretty little wrecking ball

Now she's six feet tall, driving on her own
thinking about college and ready to leave home
she's got places to go and dreams of her own
Her suitcase is packed, the posters came down
then she saw a drawing she'd forgotten about
she says "look daddy, its me and you"

If I could freeze little moments like these,
it would always be just that little girl and me

She's my pretty little wrecking ball, coming alive just enough sweet and a whole lot of wild
but she's my heart, that little girl's a daily kickstart
Now I'm Bracing myself cause she's got to go her heart's on fire, and everyone knows
that girl she'll have it all
She's a pretty little wrecking ball

Then she found true love, finally settled down she's got a little bookstore on the corner downtown
Now she's just beginning to show
a little wrecking ball of her own

Now our family has a new baby girl
and when her daddy held her it changed his whole world
I said, take the good with the bad, smile when she's sad, cause son I had a little girl like that

And she was my pretty little wrecking ball, coming alive just enough sweet and a whole lot of wild
but she's still my heart, that little girl's a daily kickstart
Now I'm smiling to myself to see her full grown she's a beautiful wife with a loving home
that girl she's got it all, my baby girl's got it all She's a pretty little wrecking ball

It Takes a Little Crazy

Written By: Matt Collins and Brock Berryhill

You know that feeling in your gut when your in love?
and that voice inside your head saying boy whatcha thinking of?
22 just feels so young, and I've got things to get done
It might be wrong, but you're all my mind's stuck on

Chorus:
It takes a little crazy to feel like this
It took a little crazy to steal that first kiss
If It makes me a little crazy to love you like I do
Than I guess, I'm just a little crazy for you

My mom and dad got married way too young, but it was fun
then came along my brother Bo, moved to Georgia on their own, where i was born, a crazy boy
Saving every Nickel, every Dime, no perfect plan or perfect time,
Just some faith and love, from God above
and honey that's all they needed

Chorus

Bridge:
At the end of the day
me and you can find a way
to put aside our fears and jump right in
Start a life and make a home
have crazy kids of our own
Just some faith and love from God above
Honey, that's all we need

It takes a little crazy to feel like this
It took a little crazy to steal that first kiss
If It makes me a little crazy to say I do
then I want to get a little crazy, just a little crazy

but Is'nt it crazy we feel like this
I still feel crazy every time we kiss
If It makes me a little crazy to love you like I do
Than I guess, I'm just a little crazy, and I'm still a little crazy
and I'll always be crazy for you

King of Glory

Written By: Matt Collins

I've been in the darkness
when my light was weak,
the salt that was thrown down
and trampled under feet

I have been empty
I have been full
full of myself
full of regrets

You’ve been my shepherd
You are my shield
Your love forever
By your grace I am healed

You filled a rift between us
You put a light in me
The light of the living
For the world to see

CHORUS:
I lift my head
To The King of Glory
To the Lord of all
The Strong and Mighty
Hold out my cup
To the one who fills me
To the one who saved me
To the King of Glory

Let us hold fast
To the word of life
Innocent and blameless
To the world be a light

We are the generation
Who seeks your face
A holy nation
A chosen race

CHORUS

We shall stand in His holy place
His nail pierced hands have shown me the way

CHORUS

You’re the one who saved me
You’re the King of Glory

Discography

With Matt's Band, The Treatment (formerly Longwood)

1999 Five Years Down The Road

2000 Let Me In EP

2001 An American Classic

2003 White Bread (Cinemark Records)
- Daddy's Little Girl added to regular rotation on over 50 college radio stations (charting in top 20 on several) and selected as Grand Prize Winner in the 2004 Windrift Music Songwriting Contest

2005 The Treatment - Wake Up EP

Solo:
2004 "I Won't Give Up" benefit CD for STOP Children's Cancer (Matt contributed one song)

2007 Debut solo Album "Short and Sweet"

2009 Side-Project - "The Collins Brothers" (Alt-Country/Americana Cover Album)

2012 The Nashville Sessions - Vol.1 (EP)