Bio

Even on his darkest day, Clinton Collins searches for hope in the world around him. The West Virginia native works hard to bring people together, writing songs that speak to the emotional complexity of human life and distilling hard thoughts into singable hooks. Music has always been a tool for Collins to connect with others throughout his life, as a coal-miner in the depths of the earth, whether with his family, church community, classmates, or co-workers, as demonstrated by his busy schedule of house concerts, benefit performances, small venues, theaters, and songwriter circles. Steeped in southern soul, rock and roll, and Americana, Collins’s music channels the roots of American popular music, from the blues of Lightnin’ Hopkins to the old-time fiddle tunes of central Appalachia.

Winner of: 

Aiming High Rocketboys Songwriting Contest 

Newsong Festival Songwriter 

The Next Great WV Song Contest 

"Clinton Collins sings about rivers and coal trains, blueberry wine and old time religion. He writes songs about family and friends, old penny rings and silvertone guitars. He plays and sings about what he knows and we believe him. In the tradition of Hazel Dickens and Billy Edd Wheeler comes another authentic southern West Virginia voice. It must be in the water."Ron Sowell-Music Director Mountain Stage


Always a favorite on SongwriterStage and WTSQ’s Musicians Edition Clinton Collins, as singer/songwriters, musicians and always family friendly entertainers go, is a West Virginia treasure and a strong addition to any program, show, or concert venue! As entertainers go, this self described “Creekboy” rules!
Roger Rabalais-Host of SongwriterStage and DJ/co-host on Musicians Edition on WTSQ in Charleston WV. 


“Clinton's exceptionally fine songwriting skills, beautiful voice, masterful guitar playing, and fine stage presence all combined to deliver one of the best shows we have hosted at The Listening Room. I've not seen an artist able to establish such an immediate, warm relationship with an audience. Clinton Collins is a fine musician, and I am a fan.” Ron Ireland-host of The Listening Room 


Love this guys music....so original... but yet in my experience as having him play at our pub... so entertaining... keeps the people moving and sings those songs that everyone can join in on... if you are looking for a fun evening with great music ... Clinton Collins is your guy. Our people LOVE him!!
Jodi Farley-Skyline Resort


Clinton Collins has appeared on my nationally syndicated program “Song of the Mountains” seen across America on public television. Our audience loved his music especially his original material. Clinton is always a pleasure to work with and delivers a very pleasing and professional performance”. 

Tim White, Host and Executive Coordinator Song of the Mountains

”Never heard of him.” Sting-Rock Star/actor(pronounced Stang in some parts of the south)