Macarthur county singer Travis Collins has released a landmark sixth studio album, Brave & The Broken.
The Macquarie Fields product is hot off of a tour with Amber Lawrence after winning CMC Male Artist of the Year for the second time.
Between touring, music festivals and more Collins was hard at work on creating on the new album.
“As I wrote this record, something that was naturally coming through a lot was me paying tribute and homage to volunteers,” he said.
“There’s a lot of stuff that comes through on this record about country people, and people in general, who want to help one another.
“No matter where you go, there’s always a good mix of the brave and the broken.
“It’s all about hoping that we all leave a little more brave than we are broken.”
Collins’ previous album Hard Light broke the top 20 on the overall ARIA Albums Chart, spawned three number one singles and netted three Golden Guitars.
The singer either wrote or co-wrote every track on Brave & The Broken.
Collins returned to Nashville in January this year for a whirlwind recording session with producer Luke Wooten who has worked with Country stars Brad Paisley and Dierks Bentley along with a band made up of musicians who had worked with the likes of Luke Bryan and Taylor Swift.
“They’re absolutely world-beaters over there,” Collins said.
“I was blown away to hear the band Luke assembled. These guys have played on everything: every guitar solo I ever tried to learn as a kid.”
Collins thanked his former teachers at James Meehan High School for their hard inspiration growing up.
“Growing up in Macarthur, wanting to play country music wasn’t something normal,” he said.
“A lot of people told me it was a pipe dream and to get a normal job and in the early days I wished I did.
“But I wouldn’t be where I am without the people who encouraged me, like the people who lived in my cul-de-sac and especially my teachers at James Meehan.
“They were paramount to me working in the industry.”
To find out more, visit: traviscollins.com.au.