Collin Raye center stage in Century Bank series
by Jessica Loeding
Jan 25, 2013 | 1852 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the Century Bank Entertainment Series bringing a variety of talent to Cartersville, The Grand Theatre will host Collin Raye, a mult-platinum country music artist.

For Terri Cox, program director for The Grand Theatre, Raye is an exciting addition to the series’ lineup.

“So many people are familiar with his big hits and to get to see him in person [is exciting],” she said, adding that The Grand creates an intimate setting for the concert.

Raye had hits in the 1990s, including ballads “In This Life,” “Not That Different” and “Little Rock.” He shot to fame with “Love, Me” in 1991. Listeners were so touched that they used its lyrics at funerals and memorial services, according to a press release. That set the cornerstone for a career built on meaningful songs. “Little Rock” was an anthem for the recovery community. “Not That Different” pleaded for tolerance. “In This Life” became a wedding favorite. He won awards for the child advocacy video “I Think About You.”

Collin has charted 16 No. 1 hits, 24 top 10 hits, and was nominated 10 times for male vocalist of the year. He has sold more than 8 million albums in his career, making him one of the most accomplished artists to ever perform at The Grand Theatre.

Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m., the event is reserved seating. Orchestra level tickets are $25 and balcony level seats are $20. Tickets can be purchased at The Grand Theatre ticket office, 7 N. Wall St. in downtown Cartersville, or by calling 770-386-7343. Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card and American Express are accepted. The ticket office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.

Cox said the Century Bank series began in early November and will wrap up in April.

The remainder of the Century Bank Entertainment Series includes comedian Jon Reep on March 2 and the bluegrass band Mountain Heart on April 20.

Although Reep is not the first comedian to take part in the entertainment program, Cox said he “has that Southern hook, which I think everyone can relate to.”

Reep was on “Last Comic Standing,” a reality show that aired from 2003 to 2010.

More show information and video samples can be found by visiting The Grand Theatre website at or on Facebook at “Century Bank Entertainment Series at The Grand Theatre.”

In addition to the Century Bank Entertainment Series, Cox said The Grand will host the Etowah Jazz Society’s annual Valentine’s concert on Feb 14, followed by Senior Shenanigans, an annual production, on Feb. 23.