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New Lonestar singer getting more comfortable in role

of the Oakland Press

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Cody Collins has been singing for the country group Lonestar since 2007, replacing the popular Richie McDonald. But last year’s release of “Party Heard Around the World,” the first to feature his lead vocals, made him feel “better” about his spot in the band.

“It takes away that feeling like you’re filling in for someone else,” explains Collins, 26, who co-wrote six of the album’s 10 tracks. “It’s nice to be out there doing songs that you sang on and wrote with them. It definitely feels better than just doing the old stuff.”

“Party” was Lonestar’s first new album in four years and debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard country charts. The commercial showing of its singles — “Let Me Love You” and “You’re the Reason Why” — has been somewhat disappointing given Lonestar’s 18 previous Top 10 entries, but Collins says plans to “keep working this album” is eyeballing a third single, with the choices between “Live, Laugh and Love,” “Making Memories” and the title track.

And if it winds up being “Making Memories,” Collins will be in for a comeuppance.

“It was my least favorite track to begin with,” he says with a laugh. “When we wrote it, to me it didn’t have a lot of life in it. The lyric was good, but the music ... for some reason I couldn’t feel it.

“But when we went into the studio, Michael (Britt) added this guitar riff in it that went through the whole song and pretty much brought things to life and changed it drastically. It was cool how fast it became one of my favorites.”

Lonestar performs at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Road, Warren. Tickets are $25-69. Call 586-268-3200 or visit www.andiamoshowroom.com.

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