Charlie Colin

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Singer & Musician

AmericanBorn Richard Charles Heimann

American musician, bassist for the rock band Train

Born on November 22, 1966 in Newport Beach, California , United States

Died on May 17, 2024 in Brussels , Belgium

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Charlie Colin (November 22, 1966 – c. May 17, 2024) was an American musician. He was the bassist for the rock band Train, of which he was a founding member. He also played guitar and provided background vocals for many other bands after his departure from the group in 2003.


...   Charlie Colin (November 22, 1966 – c. May 17, 2024) was an American musician. He was the bassist for the rock band Train, of which he was a founding member. He also played guitar and provided background vocals for many other bands after his departure from the group in 2003.


Early life
Charlie Colin was born in Newport Beach, California on November 22, 1966. He began playing guitar at about eight when he lived in Virginia. Later, his family moved back to Newport Beach, California. At Newport Harbor High School surfing, playing water polo, and the guitar became his constant companions.


Career


Berklee College of Music
Colin attended University of Southern California to explore his artistic gifts; then he transferred halfway to focus primarily on his musical gifts at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Attending Berklee got Colin fully immersed in music. He started playing with seniors for lessons and so he could learn more. Pat Metheny was quite a discovery, as well as other kinds of music discovered during Berklee.
Shortly afterwards, Colin got an offer from some friends to go to Singapore to write and play jingles.


Apostles
After Singapore, Colin, Jimmy Stafford (Train's future lead guitarist and mandolin player), and Rob Hotchkiss moved to San Francisco and started the group Apostles. The group got a record deal and recorded the album Apostles in 1992, but when the label folded, the members went their own ways. But they had a hunch that one day they would end up back together.


TrainHotchkiss headed to San Francisco and met Pat Monahan, Train's future lead singer. The two collaborated on songs in the Bay Area and invited Jimmy Stafford to be the guitarist and Colin as the bassist. Colin brought in Scott Underwood to play drums. Thus formed in 1993 Train became very successful. Train scored their first Top 20 hit with 1999's "Meet Virginia," although their big breakthrough came with 2001's "Drops of Jupiter", which reached No. 5. The album Drops of Jupiter reached No. 6. on the Billboard 200. The group toured nationally, opening concerts for Hootie & the Blowfish, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows, and Barenaked Ladies.
In 2003, Colin was fired from the band after an emergency meeting due to his substance abuse.


Food Pill
During the autumn of 2002, after Train finished promoting Drops of Jupiter with Matchbox Twenty, Scott Underwood and Colin moved to a "huge psychedelic mansion" called The Paramour in West Hollywood to collaborate and record music. They decided to call the collaboration Food Pill and their first album was called Elixir.
In 2014, Colin replaced Jesse Vest of Days of the New on bass so the band could continue touring.


Painbirds
In 2015, Colin and Hotchkiss put together a band called Painbirds, with Sausalito singer-songwriter Tom Luce from Luce, whose ear candy hit "Good Day" cracked the Top 40 in 2001. This band released six songs on an eponymous debut EP.


The Side Deal
The Side Deal is an American band from Newport Beach, California. The band was formed in 2017 Colin, Stan Frazier of Sugar Ray and brothers Joel and Scott Owen of The PawnShop Kings. Side Deal performed live with other notable artists such as Jeff "Skunk" Baxter of The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, and Alice Cooper.
In 2019, Colin appeared on guitar/bass and vocals while recording Featherborn for musician and vocalist Danny Beissel at the iconic Blackbird Studio in Nashville with veteran engineer John McBride.
Colin was a longstanding curator, art collector, homeless-artist advocate, and philanthropist.


Later life and death
Colin later moved to Brussels, Belgium to teach a music master class at a conservatory. At the time of his death, he also was serving as musical director for the Newport Beach Film Festival, per his social media profiles.
Colin was found dead in a friend's home in Brussels on May 17, 2024, having fallen in a shower. He was house-sitting for the friend at the time of his death.


Awards and nominations


Grammy Awards
2002 | Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) | Best Rock Song | Won
2002 | Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) | Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) | Won
2002 | Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) | Record of the Year | Nominated
2002 | Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) | Song of the Year | Nominated
2002 | Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me) | Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal | Nominated


Publications
Williams, LG, The Book of Charlie (PCP Press, 2016) ISBN 154076138X


References


External links
Charlie Colin at IMDb
Charlie Colin discography at Discogs
Colin's Homeless Art Project
Grammy Award Winning Artist: Charlie Colin
Foodpill Website
The Side Deal Website
Train Website



Biography from Wikipedia (see original) under licence CC BY-SA 3.0

 

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