‘I carry in my heart the music of my younger days,’ notes Travis Collins on ‘Sing ’Cos I Love To’, the eighth track from his accomplished new album, Wired. With three studio albums, multiple No. 1 hits and a string of accolades to his name already, Travis has always put his youthful inspirations to impressive use. That said, Wired is the Hunter Valley artist’s most assured release yet, coupling classic country sounds with Travis’ unique ear for a captivating rock tune.
‘What I was aiming for with Wired was just to plug back into the sounds I was hearing on the radio when I was 16 and 17,’ Travis explains. ‘From the country artists coming out of Nashville, to homegrown acts like Troy Cassar-Daley and Lee Kernaghan. I always knew I loved music, and as a kid looking for someone to be, those artists made a huge impression on me, with their rocking guitars, honky tonk pianos, big, melodic lines, and huge harmonies. It’s the stuff that got me into music!’
Picking up his first guitar at the age of 9, Travis made his busking debut on the proving ground of Peel Street, Tamworth at the age of 11, and was an obvious candidate for the celebrated NSW Public Schools Talent Development Program. Completing the TDP, the nascent star joined the illustrious ranks of program alumni including Drew McAlister, Angus & Julia Stone, and The McClymonts.