BJ Collins


Music director, singer, songwriter, keyboardist B.J. Collins has toured all over the United States, Europe and China. As a Christian songwriter, his recordings with 70x7 have been downloaded over three million times from online music distribution sites like His band has partnered in music ministry with churches of all types. B.J.’s album credits include session work with touring artists, including the Christian parody band, ApologetiX. B.J. has enjoyed leading congregations in singing sacred music as a soloist and as the leader/director of worship bands comprised of both volunteer and professional musicians and vocalists. His repertoire of contemporary choruses, traditional hymns, and CCM hits includes more than five hundred songs.






What is music to you? What does it give you?

Music gives me an outlet to express my thoughts, my concerns, my worldview, and my desires.

What is your music dream?

My dream is to affect hearts and minds through my music.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

One thing that would change the world that we live in is UNITY.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

The most memorable song from my childhood was Rockin' Robin by Michael Jackson. I heard it on the radio, and as a result of falling in love with it, my parents got me a record player and the 45.

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

I enjoy a wide variety of music, but some of my favorites include Alison Krauss & Union Station, Steve Vai, Black Country Communion, Blood Sweat and Tears, The Beatles, Brian Setzer, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Dixie Dregs, Transatlantic, Neal Morse, Spock's Beard, Frank Zappa, Gov't Mule, Electric Light Orchestra, Joe Bonamassa, Kansas, King Crimson, Mike Farris, Niacin, Paul Gilbert, Shinedown, Yes, ZZ Topp, and The Aristocrats.

What inspires you to make music?

I get my musical inspiration from God.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

The primary message that I want to send is that God loves all people, and God wants us to live together in peace as equals in his eye.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

When performing live, I feel like I'm on a mission.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

The reality for musicians these days is that the mechanisms and vehicles used to deliver music to others are more accessible than ever before, but the responsibility for utilizing those tools has fallen upon the artists, more than ever, because record companies aren't what they used to be. An improvement that would help those striving musicians is to bring all the tools to one convenient place where music could be shared across multiple platforms with one go.

What do you think of Drooble?

I haven't seen much of Drooble yet, as I just signed up.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

The most frustrating aspect of live performance is promoters who don't promote, audiences that are too small as a result of that poor promotion. The most frustrating aspect of studio recording is getting up to speed on the tools and techniques.

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

I support local music through Facebook and run the largest "local music scene" group for our city.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

To get noticed by a larger audience, a musician has to be versatile, hard-working, and determined to have success. Just writing songs isn't going to cut it.

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Cosmic Deadline, "Guitar" Zack Weisinger (Misaligned Mind), Ten Point Ten.