Jacksonville, Fla. Independent Musician and Songwriter Matt Collins Featured On Rasmussen College Compilation CD

Matt Collins, independent singer and songwriter based out of Jacksonville, Fla., has recently been selected to appear on “Rasmussen Rocks, Vol. 2,” from Rasmussen College

Jacksonville, Fla. – October 5, 2008 – Matt Collins, independent recording artist based in Jacksonville, Fla., has recently been selected to have his song “Short and Sweet” included in the compilation CD, “Rasmussen Rocks, Volume 2.”  The CD features some of the nation’s best up and coming independent musicians.  The CD is distributed to high school students as a recruiting tool, and is accompanied by an interactive website where students can learn about the music featured on the CD, as well as programs offered by Rasmussen College.  The website also features a “My Rocker” section, where visitors can create and design their own rock star alter ego.

 The 21-track CD features Matt Collins’ hit song and title track to his debut album, “Short and Sweet.”  Matt Collins said, “I’m extremely excited to be a part of this compilation CD.  To be considered with so many other great musicians is an honor.  Any time that I can get my music in the hands of new listeners, it is a great opportunity for me, and I hope that the music will touch a nerve with someone and they’ll follow what I’m doing, and maybe share it with someone else.”

To find out more about Rasmussen Rocks, visit http://www.RasmussenRocks.com

To hear streaming audio of Matt Collins’ debut album, and for up-to-date news, visit Matt’s website at http://www.MattCollinsOnline.com

 About Matt Collins:

 Matt Collins is the epitome of the “do-it-yourself” musician.  Matt is a self-taught guitarist, singer and songwriter, and a successful independent recording artist.  Matt began writing and playing music professionally while attending the University of Florida.  For over 10 years, Matt was the lead singer and guitarist for nationally accomplished Independent Pop/Rock band Longwood (later named The Treatment.)

 Matt enjoyed numerous accolades and successes with this band including winning an international songwriting competition in 2004, 2 nationally released albums, “Top 20 Most Played” on XM Unsigned Radio, showcases for major record labels, Gator Growl performance at the University of Florida for over 60,000 people, and several national brand endorsements.

 More recently, Matt has had music featured on the hit TV shows “The Ghost Whisperer” on CBS, “Whistler” on CTV, and “Lincoln Heights” on ABC Family.  Matt’s music has also been featured in a national ad campaign for MTV’s Road Rules and Jeep Automobiles.

 In 2007, Matt released his debut album “Short & Sweet” to great reviews and is currently working on a side project with his brother Bo, called “The Collins Brothers.”  Matt has also begun work on his second full-length studio release.  Matt’s music is available on iTunes, as well as most major music download websites.

 Fans of Matt’s are drawn to his powerful, soulful vocal style coupled with a rare ability to write insightful, sometimes witty, lyrics with infectious melodies.   Matt is the epitome of the “do-it-yourself” musician by taking control of his career and has found a way to find success in an increasingly crowded marketplace.  Matt finances his own recordings, marketing and merchandise, and continues to build a rapidly growing fan base with only the power of his music and forward-thinking marketing practices.

 To hear streaming audio of Matt Collins’ debut album, and for up-to-date news, visit Matt’s website at http://www.MattCollinsOnline.com

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