Christian Pop artist Caleb Collins is assuring his longtime fans that his new Jazz album and fifth project, “Re-Introducing The Standards” (Caleb Collins Music/ MRI /Sony), doesn’t signal the end of his Christian and gospel music career even though his radio single “Our Love Is Here To Stay” (a duet with Alicia Olatuja) is rising steadily on Smooth Jazz radio playlists around the country.
“Christian /gospel music is my foundation and my first love,” says Collins. “In my music, I create a reflection of the many aspects of my artistry and personality. The various aspects of human emotion and passion are God-given experiences that cannot be contained within one expression or genre or style. My curiosity propels me to always progress and learn and understand, embracing new musical challenges. I’ve recorded a collection of songs that speak of love, courage and loss – Emotions that we all can relate to. I hope the listener experiences a sense of God, love and beauty as they live with these recordings.”
The new eleven-track album “Re-Introducing The Standards” is now in stores and is a contemporary update of World War II-era songs popularized by the likes of Frank Sinatra (“The Way You Look Tonight”), Jo Stafford (“Autumn Leaves”), Ella Fitzgerald (“Paper Moon”) and Louis Armstrong (“What A Wonderful World”). “I’m kind of an old soul and sometimes I wish I was back in that era,” he says. “Sometimes I feel like I was born in the wrong era. Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald are like my go-to artists.”
The Twin Falls, Idaho native has collaborated with the Grammy-Award winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and has written songs for a slew of country artists such as The Crabb Family, Ty Herndon and Karen Peck & New River. Collins has also released four prior Christian Pop albums such as Classic (2007) Christmas (2008) Dream (2009) and Live In Memphis (2011) before realizing his dream of a segue into Jazz without abandoning his church roots. “God is love and all who love are from God,” he says. “I’ve tried to stay true to my gospel stylings in the jazz project and stay consistent musically to my prior work, in an effort to maintain my current fan base, but also reach for new followers.”