Born in Lenoir City, TN, Collins, who received a Bachelor of Science in psychology, political science, and zoology, gave into his passion for music and moved to Nashville to pursue a music career.
His first jobs were with singer Charley Pride and a music publisher. In the mid-'80s, he started his own music publishing company and soon after won a BMI Award for "Nobody," a hit for country singer Sylvia. Discovering singer Ronnie Milsap, Collins produced a steady stream of country hits, including those by Barbara Mandrell.
In 1991, Collins bought singer/songwriter Tom T. Hall's Hallnote Music and in the mid-'90s, he started a record label, Gotee Records, with members of contemporary pop-gospel group DC Talk. ~ Ed Hogan