John Collins (Australian musician)

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John Collins
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Background information
Birth name John Andrew Collins
Also known as JC
Born (1970-04-27) 27 April 1970 (age 46)
Origin Australia
Genres Rock
Alternative rock
Instruments bass guitar
Years active 1989–present
Labels Polydor, Universal
Associated acts Powderfinger, The Predators, Drag

John Andrew Collins (born 27 April 1970[1]) is the mainstay bass guitarist for Australian rock band Powderfinger since 1989.[2][3] He is one of the founding members of the band, along with guitarist Ian Haug, forming at their high school, Brisbane Grammar School as a three piece. Powderfinger has released seven studio albums, a greatest hits album and a double CD live album. After they released their best of album, Fingerprints in 2004, they decided to take a break. During the hiatus, Collins played with fellow Powderfinger member, Darren Middleton in his new band Drag on a number of occasions, as well as performing with Ian Haug and Steven Bishop in The Predators. Collins is often referred to as "J.C." by his fellow band members, as they are his initials and to distinguish him from the group's drummer Jon Coghill. Initially, the nickname was given to him following the group's song "JC" from their second album, Double Allergic, which referred to Jesus Christ.

Awards and nominations[edit]

APRA Awards[edit]

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[4]

Year Nominee/Work Award Result
2004 Powderfinger – Bernard Fanning, Jon Coghill, Ian Haug, Darren Middleton, John Collins Songwriter of the Year[5] Won
"On My Mind" – Bernard Fanning, Darren Middleton, Collins, Ian Haug, Jon Coghill Most Performed Australian Work[6] Nominated
2008 "Lost and Running" – Jon Coghill, Collins, Bernard Fanning, Ian Haug, Darren Middleton Song of the Year[7] Nominated
Most Played Australian Work[8] Nominated


  1. ^ Scatena, Dino (10 November 2011). "The Story of the Book (and Band): Dino Scatena on Footprints – the Authorised Powderfinger Biography". Readings Books. Archived from the original on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Spencer, Chris; Zbig Nowara; Paul McHenry (2002) [1987]. "Collins, John". The Who's Who of Australian Rock. Noble Park, Vic.: Five Mile Press. ISBN 1-86503-891-1. Retrieved 14 February 2010.  Note: [on-line] version established at White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd in 2007 and was expanded from the 2002 edition.
  3. ^ Rice, Stephen; et al. (23 September 2002). "Who is in the band?". The Powderfinger FAQ. Powderfinger Central. Retrieved 15 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "2004 Winners - APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  6. ^ "Nominations 2004". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  7. ^ "Nominations for Song of the Year - 2008". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 September 2010. 
  8. ^ "Most Played Australian Work - 2009". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Retrieved 2 September 2010.