Crowd falls in love with singer Collin Raye

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Country music singer Collin Raye played to a full house in the Holiday Bay Room at the Lodge on Saturday, April 2. Over 300 concert goers attended the sold-out show. Collin’s set lasted 110 minutes.

“Concerts at the Lodge” promoter Doug Schultz says, “Collin was contracted to play for 75 minutes but because, of the response from the audience, he played an extra 35 minutes. The energy in the room was incredible and he seemed to be really enjoying himself.”

Collin Raye has been nominated 10 times for “Male Vocalist of the Year.” He’s had 30 singles on the U.S. Country music charts, 16 number one hits and 24 top ten singles.

Included on the concert’s song set list was Collin’s third number one hit, “My Kind of Girl,” his Country Pop ballad “Love Me,” and the tearjerker “Heart Full of Rain.” Collin had the audience dancing in their seats and singing along to “That’s My Story,” which earned him a standing ovation.

“He had the audience so engaged. He’s extremely talented and entertaining. All the ‘Concerts at the Lodge’ concerts we have been to have been outstanding and this one was no exception,” says concert goer Alexis Prince.

“What a fun night!,” says Carol Pisapia who attended the concert with her husband Richard.

The poignant moments of the show came when Collin moved outside his own music to pay tribute to his good friends Glenn Frey, Glen Campbell and American Folk Rock singer Don McLean, by singing “Take It Easy,” “Gentle on My Mind” and “American Pie.”

One thing the audience wasn’t aware of was that this was the first show for Collin’s tour manager, Hunter Carmichael, since he lost his son in December. Carmichael’s 17-month-old son, Mac, died on December 18 after choking on food at a Nashville mall food court. Doug Schultz says, “He’s suffered an unimaginable loss, and my heart goes out to him. I’ve worked with many tour managers in my career – Hunter Carmichael is one of the best.”

Mary Loyd, a local singer and songwriter who resides in Murrieta, was the opening act. Her music style is Country/Pop. Mary performed six songs, four of which were her original songs. She has played in the lounge at the Lodge in the past but this concert was the biggest crowd she’s ever performed in front of.

Mary will be performing again in the lounge at the Lodge on April 23. She is currently working on her first album and will be moving to Nashville soon to further pursue her music career.

Doug Schultz would like to thank the POA staff and the community for their support of the “Concerts at the Lodge.” “It pleases me to be able to bring top national acts to our ‘little bit of paradise,’” he says. “The intimate setting in the Holiday Bay Room allows concert goers to be up close and personal with the performers. The reasonable ticket prices, free parking, lake view and a small venue minutes from home are some of the extra perks of these concerts that residents can’t get elsewhere.”

The next concert in the “Concerts at the Lodge” series, sponsored by the CLPOA, will be held in the Holiday Bay Room at the Lodge on July 30, when American Country music singer Suzy Boggus performs. Boggus has one platinum and three gold albums, and has charted six top singles. Her awards include the Academy of Country Music’s award for Top New Female Vocalist and the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award. Tickets will be available soon on the CLPOA website.

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