“I have loved him since I was nine years old watching the Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS,” said Collin. “As fate would have it, when I first started in the business, he was one of the first people I met, and we’ve been friends ever since. I decided I wanted to do a tribute to him while he could still appreciate it. I wanted him to be able to hear it, and feel the love in it.”
He’s also working on an autobiography, which will include stories and insights from his career. In the book, Collin will speak at length about his granddaughter, Haley Bell, who passed away in 2010 from an undiagnosed neurological disorder.
“I hope that it will help people and remind them that no matter what comes your way – and though it might seem like God is absent, he’s got his reasons,” Collin said. “We came out of this horrible loss stronger than ever. She was the pinnacle of my life. People ask me why I drifted away from the mainstream, and there was a lot of reasons, but we were trying to save her life. It was the first time in my life I encountered something I was powerless over.
“I think it was God’s way of saying ‘Stand back,’” he continued. “That’s what I hope will inspire others. I think we owe it to other folks to share what we’ve learned. Life isn’t supposed to be pretty. Nobody promises anyone a rose garden, but I’m hoping this will be a real helpful message for people. If you open yourself up to the will of God, he’ll lead you where he wants to lead you. That’s what I’m trying to do now.”