Mark Collie

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Mark Collie
Collie in 2013.
Background information
Birth nameGeorge Mark Collie[1]
Born(1956-01-18) January 18, 1956 (age 58)[2]
OriginWaynesboro, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresCountry, Americana
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter, Actor, Producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1982–present
LabelsMCA Nashville, Giant, Highway 64, 101 Ranch Records
Associated actsTony Brown, JT Hodges
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Mark Collie
Collie in 2013.
Background information
Birth nameGeorge Mark Collie[1]
Born(1956-01-18) January 18, 1956 (age 58)[2]
OriginWaynesboro, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresCountry, Americana
OccupationsSinger, Songwriter, Actor, Producer
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1982–present
LabelsMCA Nashville, Giant, Highway 64, 101 Ranch Records
Associated actsTony Brown, JT Hodges

George Mark Collie (born January 18, 1956) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer and tireless advocate and fundraiser for Type 1 diabetes study. He has won awards and acclaim for his music, his acting and his philanthropy. His singing career has included five major-label albums: four for MCA Nashville and one for Giant Records. Sixteen of his singles have charted on Hot Country Songs, including the top ten hits "Even the Man in the Moon Is Cryin'" and "Born to Love You". Collie has also written songs for Aaron Tippin, Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and JT Hodges. His acting career includes roles in Fire Down Below, The Punisher, and Kill Switch.

Singing career[edit]

From the beginnings of his performing and recording career Collie’s singing and performing style drew comparisons to Bruce Springsteen[3] and Johnny Cash[4] as a result of Collie’s combination of Rockabilly energy, intensity and clever songwriting.

Hardin County Line and Born and Raised in Black & White[edit]

Collie began his career on MCA Records in 1989 after being discovered by label representatives. Tony Brown, then-president of the label, helped Collie secure his contract.[5] His debut album Hardin County Line was released in 1990,[2] with Brown and Doug Johnson co-producing. The album produced four singles: "Something with a Ring to It", "Looks Aren't Everything", the title track, and "Let Her Go", which was the highest-charting of the four, at number 18 on Hot Country Songs.[1] Its B-side, "Where There's Smoke", was later a top 40 hit for Archer/Park in 1994.

His second album, Born and Raised in Black & White, produced Top 40 singles in "Calloused Hands" and "She's Never Comin' Back", while "It Don't Take a Lot" peaked at number 70.[1] Steve Huey of Allmusic described the album as "more polished" than its predecessor.[2]

Mark Collie and Unleashed[edit]

Collie's third album for MCA, Mark Collie, was produced by Don Cook. It accounted for his two highest-charting singles: "Even the Man in the Moon Is Cryin'" at number 5, and "Born to Love You" at number 6. After these two songs, "Shame Shame Shame Shame" and "Something's Gonna Change Her Mind" both made top 30 as well.[1] Brian Mansfield wrote that the album was "At once a move to the mainstream and a return to Collie's West Tennessee rockabilly roots."[6]

Unleashed, was released in 1994. Its first single, "It Is No Secret", failed to make Top 40, while the only other release, "Hard Lovin' Woman", made number 13.[1] The album included guest vocals from Deborah Allen, Carlene Carter, and James House.

Mid 1990s-present[edit]

Collie signed to Giant Records in 1995. His only album for the label was Tennessee Plates, which Collie co-produced with James Stroud. Its two charting singles were "Three Words, Two Hearts, One Night", his last Top 40 entry on the country charts, and "Steady as She Goes".[1] After these two songs, he charted at number 72 with "Love to Burn", which he recorded for the Columbia Records multi-artist compilation NASCAR: Hotter than Asphalt.[1] Collie covered Jim Croce's "Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)" on the 1997 tribute album Jim Croce: A Nashville Tribute. In 1998, MCA released a budget-line compilation titled Even the Man in the Moon Is Cryin', which comprised several of his MCA singles.[2]

He did not release another album until Rose Covered Garden in 2006. A live album, Alive at Brushy Mountain, was released in 2012.[7]

He has performed onstage with many artists including Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney[8] and Johnny Cash.[4] He continues to tour actively both in the U.S. and Europe.[9]

In September 2013 Collie signed to 101 Ranch records and was the first artist signed to 101 Ranch records. “I’m thrilled to have a new home with 101 Ranch Records and to be working with a terrific team with Doug, Bob and Tammy,” says Mark Collie. “There are some new and exciting projects coming up on the horizon that I look forward to debuting with the label.”[10]

Songwriting and producing[edit]

Collie's songwriting credits include Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and George Jones. He is also noted with writing songs for Hollywood Movies such as Lions Gate’s The Punisher starring John Travolta and Fire Down Below starring Steven Seagal.

In addition to his own recordings, Collie has produced or co-produced albums for Brandt Vogel, JT Hodges, Kyle Sherman and the Horn Family.[11]


Collie has acted in Television Series, Television Movies, Independent Features and Hollywood Feature Films. Starting in 1994 and continuing to present Collie has played a variety of characters including in 1999, Johnny Cash in the short I Still Miss Someone[12] in which he not only stars but also co-wrote and co-produced with filmmaker John Lloyd Miller.


Collie was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a teenager and in the early 1990s after finding success as a country music singer Collie began a series of celebrity/NASCAR events that included Legend Car races and concerts[9] that have raised millions of dollars for research into a cure for Type 1 juvenile diabetes.[3] Collie’s efforts have resulted in a research Chair at Vanderbilt University,[13] The Mark Collie Chair In Diabetes Research, and his Mark Collie Foundation continues to generate donations.

In February, 1991 Collie was part of a filmed benefit concert in Nashville's Centennial Park along with George Jones to salute American troops in Operation Desert Storm.[9] The concert was filmed by director John Lloyd Miller and distributed for free to Armed Forces Television and to United States troops throughout the Middle East.

On April 3, 1996 Aaron Tippin and Mark Collie helped organize and load a cargo plane with 25,000 country cassettes for free distribution to United States troops in Bosnia[9] and was later awarded The American Spirit Award[14] by the United States Air Force for his efforts.

Collie has performed at countless benefits throughout his career for a diverse collection of causes including The Nashville Food Bank, The Blue Note Fund, Fallen Police, and Victims of Domestic Violence among others.

Personal life[edit]

In February 2001 Mark Collie delivered the eulogy for race car legend Dale Earnhardt at a memorial service that included performances by Vince Gill and Steve Wariner at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee, US.

Collie married longtime girlfriend Tammy Stewart at a private ceremony in Columbia, Tennessee on October 24, 2009.[15] The two split their time between their home in Fort Worth, Texas, US and Nashville, Tennessee, US.



TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US CountryUSUS HeatCAN Country
Hardin County Line57—=
Born and Raised in Black & White
  • Release date: July 23, 1991
  • Label: MCA Nashville
Mark Collie
  • Release date: January 5, 1993
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • Release date: July 19, 1994
  • Label: MCA Nashville
Tennessee Plates
Rose Covered Garden
  • Release date: November 22, 2006
  • Label: Highway 64
Alive at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary
  • Release date: May 1, 2012
  • Label: Wilbanks Entertainment
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


YearSinglePeak chart
US CountryCAN Country
1982"I've Got to Have You Back Again"Single only
1990"Something with a Ring to It"54Hardin County Line
"Looks Aren't Everything"3528
"Hardin County Line"5964
1991"Let Her Go"1815
"Calloused Hands"3119Born and Raised in Black & White
1992"She's Never Comin' Back"2838
"It Don't Take a Lot"7084
"Even the Man in the Moon Is Cryin'"511Mark Collie
1993"Born to Love You"65
"Shame Shame Shame Shame"2645
"Something's Gonna Change Her Mind"2421
1994"It Is No Secret"5359Unleashed
"God Didn't Make Me That Strong"
"Hard Lovin' Woman"139
1995"Three Words, Two Hearts, One Night"2542Tennessee Plates
"Steady as She Goes"65
1996"Love to Burn"7288NASCAR: Hotter Than Asphalt
"Lipstick Don't Lie"Tennessee Plates
1997"Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)"Jim Croce: A Nashville Tribute
2004"In Time"The Punisher: The Album
2006"Better Man Than Me"Rose Covered Garden
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Miscellaneous Appearances[edit]

1996"Love to Burn"Nascar: Hotter Than Asphalt
1997"Fire Down Below" (with Aaron Tippin and Jeff Wood)Fire Down Below
1998"Born to Love You"Country Wedding Music
2004"In Time"Punisher
2005"More"Lost Lake
2005"Ripples in The Mind"Lost Lake
2010"Dare The World" (with Major Rising, Bryan White, Wayne Warner, Linda Davis, Kevin Sharp, Jimmy Fortune, John Berry, and Mila Mason)single music download only


Source: (IMDB)[16]

(all columns are sortable)

2012Deep Dark CanyonSoundtrackfeature
2008Kill SwitchBilly Joe Hillfeature
A Father's RightsDet. Eddie Robertsfeature
2004The PunisherHarry Heckfeature
The PunisherSoundtrackfeature
2003Peak Experience (Lost Lake)E. Z. Ferrisfeature
Roper and GoodieRoperfeature
2001Ask Me No QuestionsSean JohnsonTV movie
2000JAG: A Separate PieceLot AttendendantTV series
JerichoJohnny 'Ofeature
Certain GuysRedneckfeature
Johnny Cash: Half A Mile A Dayhimselfdocumentary
1999The Strip: Send Me An AngelTV series
The Strip: Games Without FrontiersTV series
The Kid With X-Ray EyesMorganfeature
I Still Miss SomeoneJohnny Cashshort film
Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The MovieMr. GarrickTV movie
Crook & ChasehimselfTV series
1998Early Edition: In Gary We TrustCPD DetectiveTV series
Walker Texas Ranger: Paradise TrailDanny TarpinTV series
Crook & ChasehimselfTV series
I Give My Heart To YouThe Mechnicshort
1997Fire Down BelowHatchfeature
Fire Down BelowSoundtrackfeature
Crook & ChasehimselfTV series
1996Prime Time CountryhimselfTV series
Crook & Chase[17]himselfTV series
1995Loretta Lynn & Friends[18]himselfTV series
1994XXX & OOOcameo appearancefeature
1993The Tonight Show With Jay LenohimselfTV series
Regis & Kathie Lee[19]himselfTV series
1992Hee Haw[9]himselfTV series

Music videos[edit]

(all columns are sortable)

2008"Dare The World"

(John Berry, Mark Collie, Linda Davis,

Jimmy Fortune, Mila Mason, Kevin Sharp, Bryan White, Wayne Warner)

John Lloyd Miller
1997"Fire Down Below" (w/ Aaron Tippin and Jeff Wood)[20]Steven R. Monroe
"Rapid Roy (The Stock Car Boy)"Tom Bevins
1996"Lipstick Don't Lie"Steven T. Miller/R. Brad Murano
1995Hard Lovin' Woman"[21]John Lloyd Miller
"Three Words, Two Hearts, One Night"[22]
1994"It Is No Secret"[21]
1993"Born to Love You"[21]
"Shame Shame Shame Shame"[21]Mark "Aldo" Miceli
1992"She's Never Comin' Back"John Lloyd Miller
"Even the Man in the Moon Is Cryin'"[23]
1991"Let Her Go"[24]
1990"Something with a Ring to It"[25]
"Looks Aren't Everything"[26]
"Hardin County Line"[25]


(all columns are sortable)

2006Tennessean Of The YearPhilanthropyTennessean Of The Year, State of TennesseeWon
1999I Still Miss SomeoneShort filmBest Short Film, New York Independent Film FestivalWon
Best Short Film, Yahoo! Online Film FestivalWon
Best Short Film, Atlantic City Film FestivalWon
Nashville Film Festival (2 awards)
-Best Film
-Best Short Film
Method Fest, Best Actor (Mark Collie)Won
Zoie Fest (2 awards)
-Best Picture, Dramatic Short
-Audience Award, Best Short Film
Best Narrative Short, South by SouthwestNominated
Best Short Film, Oberhausen International FestivalNominated
1996US Air ForcePhilanthropyAmerican Spirit Award[14][27]Won
1994Born To Love You[28]AlbumBMI AwardWon
Hard Lovin Woman[28]AlbumBMI Millionaire AwardWon
Country Music Hall of Fame[9]MusicCountry Music Walkway Of StarsWon
1993Even The Man In The Moon Is Cryin'[28]AlbumASCAP Pop Music AwardWon


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