He produced some of the great music of the 1990's.
Collin Raye's first hit "Love Me" in 1991, has been sung in thousands of funerals and tributes to grandparents.
It was hard to attend a wedding in the 90's with out hearing one of his songs.
But with time came an understanding that Collin Raye's gift was not just his.
"I began to realize that certain song had a real effect on people. I thought maybe God is trying to tell me something. Maybe I should champion certain songs," Raye said.
About 6 or 7 years ago Collin began doing Gospel, Contemporary Christian music, that reflected a man who had sowed some wild oats and was ready to come home.
"I cut my teeth the hard way and played in bars places that have mercifully burned down that I would never wish on anybody."
But Collin's new walk with God would not shield him from pain. His granddaughter Hally Marie has a rare debilitating disease no one understood. As has always been his way, Collin finds peace in a song.
"I prayed about it. I said Lord, I want to do this for my family. It hit me on an airplane. I had never written a song that fast so I knew it was Him giving me this on a silver platter. I didn't realize the impact it would have on other people. I didn't realize how many people there are in this country with sick kids who needed to hear that."
Less than a year after "She's With Me", Hally Marie is gone, nothing he had hoped for or prayed for happened they way Collin Raye wanted. But like Job, Collin did not curse God.
Instead, he decided to praise Him with his greatest gift - that incredible voice.
"The reason I have the privilege of doing this is because God wants to use me to his end, use me as a vessel to promote the Kingdom of God. I've lived a good life already so anything after this I'm totally on his time."