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Edwyn Collins

Background information
Birth name Edwyn Stephen Collins
Born 23 August 1959 (1959-08-23) (age 50)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician.
Instruments Vocals, electric guitar
Labels Setanta/Epic Records
Associated acts Nu-Sonics, Orange Juice

Edwyn Collins (born Edwyn Stephen Collins, 23 August 1959, Edinburgh) is a Scottish musician. His music is mostly electric guitar-driven pop.



Collins formed the musical group Nu-Sonics in 1976, which became Orange Juice three years later. Orange Juice had a Number-8 hit single with "Rip It Up", their only UK Top 40 single and biggest commercial success. In 1985, Orange Juice disbanded, and Collins has since pursued a solo career.

Collins released a 1994 single, "A Girl Like You", which was a hit in both the UK and the U.S. and was featured in the films Empire Records and Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle. "Magic Piper of Love", a 1997 single that featured on the soundtrack of Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, was also released.

He built his own recording studio in 1994 and produced his own third solo album, Gorgeous George. He has also worked extensively as a record producer with other artists, including The Proclaimers, A House, Robert Forster, The Cribs, and Little Barrie. In 2005, Collins produced the The New Fellas album recorded by The Cribs.

In May 2009, he celebrated his comeback from illness by winning an Ivor Novello award.[1]

Collins also produced and starred in the Channel 4 sitcom, West Heath Yard.

Collins released his first book of illustrations with Morel Books in 2009.

On 2 October 2009, Collins's wife, Grace Maxwell, detailed her "running battle" with Warner Music Group and MySpace over his right to allow fans to listen to "A Girl Like You" for free on his MySpace page.[2]

Personal life

Collins lives with Grace Maxwell, who is also his manager. The couple live in London, have one son, William, who maintains his father's MySpace page.[3]

In a BBC 6 Music radio interview on 18 February 2005, Collins had said he felt unwell, but ascribed the nausea and vertigo to food poisoning. Two days later, he was admitted to intensive care in London's Royal Free Hospital after apparently suffering a major cerebral hemorrhage. After suffering a second haemorrhage he had an operation on 25 February 2005, which was followed by a lengthy programme of neurological rehabilitation owing to right-sided weakness and difficulty with speech.[4]

Collins released his sixth solo album in September 2007 on Heavenly Records entitled Home Again.[5] The album was recorded before his illness but mixed after his discharge from hospital. Collins is still on the road to recovery, and he has returned to singing live, including playing a gig at The Arts Theatre in London. A tribute song, celebrating his return, was recorded by the Indiepop band The Candy Twins.[6] In November 2009 Collins walked on stage at London’s Bloomsbury Ballroom looking dapper in a black suit and leaning on a silver-topped cane, he spoke slowly to the crowd, his right arm curled up at his side. But when he started to sing, his baritone proved as powerful as ever."[7]

A BBC Scotland documentary, Edwyn Collins:Home Again, was broadcast on 19 May 2008 and narrated by Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos. Filmed during 2007, it followed Collins's progress in recovering from his illness, and his first return to live performance at the BBC Electric Proms. He also performed at the Glastonbury Festival, broadcast on 28 June 2008 on BBC Two and at T in the Park on 10 July 2009. On 20th February 2010 he joined The Maccabees onstage at Brixton Academy for their encore, performing vocals on a storming rendition of "Rip It Up."

Solo discography

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