Grammy Winning Rockstar
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Charlie Colin is a Grammy Award-winning musician, songwriter, lyricist, producer, and founding member of the platinum-selling iconic rock band Train. Colin has been fully immersed in music from a very young age. He first picked up the guitar at eight years old and continued to hone his skills before attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, majoring in Jazz Composition. After graduating he moved to Los Angeles and started the band The Apostles with future Train bandmates Rob Hotchkiss and Jimmy Stafford. They signed to Polygram Records in 1991 before going their separate ways in 1993 upon which Colin relocated across the world to Singapore to write jingles. He assumed bass duties joining former bandmates Hotchkiss and Stafford along with vocalist Pat Monahan and drummer Scott Underwood to form the original lineup for Train in San Francisco in 1994. With Train, he toured the world and played with some of the biggest names in music history, and co-wrote their smash hit singles Meet Virginia, Drops of Jupiter and Calling All Angels.
After his time in Train, Colin explored a different journey and he joined heavy metal band Slipknot on tour filling in for their legendary guitar player Jim Root. He has also toured with the band Days of The New featuring Travis Meeks and a host of other notables. Harkening back to his college days he is a member of the Alumni Visiting Scholars faculty at Berklee. He is currently performing and writing with his brand new project American Salvage featuring former Train bandmate Scott Underwood, acclaimed Philadelphia vocalist Danny Beissel, and in-demand LA session musicians Spencer Askin and Spencer Wiles.
Beyond music, Colin keeps very active in the film industry - both composing for soundtracks and in music supervision. He is the music director for the Newport Beach Film Festival and is also a member of the Sundance Film Festival panel. He is also an abstract contemporary painter, philanthropist, and homeless artist advocate. Don’t forget to ask him about being an astronaut/stuntman either!