The band Collington is the brainchild of James Collington. James entered the music world in 2018 with his hit song, “Here We Go.” This song, his first single, was accepted with high praise from all types of music fans. He followed it up with his first EP In Between, on which he worked with Eric Owyoung, as both a producer and mentor.
This year, James tried something new. He released a summer series of songs that he imagined and crafted himself. He let his acoustic roots influence several songs. Throughout the tracks, he blends that sound perfectly with his original alt-rock sound. His summer series has a total of four songs.
Collington sums up his satisfaction with his work in the following quote: “I’ve been super blessed to do this whole music thing and consistently be taking steps forward. If I can keep doing that, I’m honestly happy at the end of the day.” James gave us a breakdown of his recent releases, a song by song.
"Against the Wall"
"Against the Wall" is the debut release from Collington's summer 2020 release schedule. It's the follow-up to the 2018's In Between where the artist worked with Eric. Collington took a self-produced approach to this release. Debuting as the lead track, “Against the Wall” is a fiery alt-rock song that pushes the artist's catalog. “The song is about doing your best to get along with others,” Collington says, “Relationships are complex and sometimes things go south. That doesn’t always mean it’s your fault.” The song has been picked up by major radio stations in the U.S. and U.K.
"Providence" is the second single from Collington during its 2020 song release schedule. For many music fans, the song may be a new listen. However, the song is a rebirth of one of the first songs that James had ever written.
In 2016, Collington released “We Swim in Seas That Never Rest.” For this song, James worked with metal band Underoath's Aaron Gillespie. This release pushed the artists' sound to a new level. “We rebranded in 2016,” says Collington, “Working with Aaron really helped us find our voice in a way that was not on any of the prior releases.”
However, the artist would find that at shows, “Providence” was still frequently requested by fans. The re-addition of the song to Collington's discography adds new life to it. “I’m so glad we chose to record this song again,” James says, “The song features my wife, Megan, and, even after all these years, it’s still one of my favorite songs to play.”
The third studio release from Collington is “Beyond It.” “There’s a number of studio tricks to make music perceived to be huge,” James says, “I realized some of my favorite songs were always ‘in your face’ and I really wanted to make a song that felt stripped back. I wanted to record a song that had breath and emotion to it. I wrote the song late one night when I was wrestling with some heaviness in my life. Recently, I was listening to a sermon that captured the heart of the song ‘the common denominator with our lives problems is us’ the pastor says. I need to be saved from myself.”
“Vagrant” is an ambient-acoustic track that serves as the final stanza to Collington’s 2020 releases. “I worked through a few versions of the song,” says Collington, “I had almost abandoned the song. Usually, if the song doesn’t click, I’ll move on to another song. For ‘Vagrant,’ I really felt like this song was important for me to finish. It was written as I was coming to terms with things about myself personally. I’ve always described my songs as journal entries. For me, this song was hard to put out because it’s pretty honest. My friend Nate helped me clean up some of the lyrics. This song came out of a season of processing feeling detached from me emotionally. This song is about fighting to wake up.”
"Providence (Bear Remix)"
Originally a re-addition to Collington’s discography, the fan-favorite song is seeing another version. It was remixed by legendary producer, Bill Scheniman, who worked with Bruce Springsteen, among others. The song's remix breathes fresh life and an alternative perspective of the music. “Bill is a hero of mine and also a friend,” says Collington, “I was showing Bill the newest songs. "Providence" resonated with him. He made some adjustments to fill out the song and put his spin on it.”
Kevin McNeese started NRT in 2002 and has worked in the industry since 1999 in one form or another. He has been a fan of Christian music since 1991.
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