Lyn Collins (12 June 1948 â€“ 13 March 2005) was an African American soul singer best known for working with James Brown in the 1970s. She is related to Bootsy Collins and Catfish Collins.
Born in Lexington, Texas, U.S.A., she began her recording career aged 14. Her biggest solo hit was the James Brown-produced gospel-style song "Think (About It)," from her 1972 album of the same name on People Records. The song contains a break which has been widely sampled in hip-hop and drum and bass. Another album followed in 1975 Check Me Out If You Don't Know Me by Now. After the release of this album, she returned to performing mainly as a back-up vocalist.
In the late 80s and early 90s, Collins attempted a comeback as a dance/club diva, recording the house single "Shout" for Belgium's ARS label. In 1993, Collins' profile was given a boost by female dancehall reggae singer Patra, who invited Collins to perform on her hit remake of "Think (About It)"; partly due to the resulting interest, her two official albums were reissued in England and Holland. Collins continued to tour and perform, most notably at the European Jazz/Funk Festival (in both 1998 and 1999) and the Montreux Jazz Festival. Shortly after returning from a European tour in February of 2005, Collins died aged 56 in Pasadena, California, following a cardiac arrest.