VIDEO: Song in viral video was written by Nacogdoches native

Published on Thursday, 13 February 2014 11:09 - Written by By JAN BARTON, contributor

You’ve probably seen the viral video that features a bride walking down the aisle singing “Look at Me” to her groom. (If not, it's available on this page.) What you may not know is that the song was written by Nacogdoches native turned Nashville hitmaker Jim Collins.

Collins himself was scrolling through Facebook when he came across the video and was surprised and happy to see his song used -- surprised because the song was never released as a single. It was an album cut by Carrie Underwood and then recorded by Alan Jackson and featured in the movie about Billy Graham’s life.

Collins is no stranger to songs used in weddings, having written the #1 smash by Thompson Square “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not?” and also having written a song as his own daughter got married “Then They Do,” a huge hit for Trace Adkins.

Collins’ first #1 song was “She Said Yes” by Chad Brock.

Raised on a farm in Nacogdoches, Collins laughs that his two tractor songs “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney and “Big Green Tractor” by Jason Aldean are more what folks expect from him than songs for weddings.

But he is always thrilled when couples choose to use his songs on their special day. Eating in a restaurant last week in Nashville, he struck up a conversation with a young couple from Austria and discovered they had used the Thompson Square song in their wedding.

As far as the viral video, he posted a link on his own FB page and said that he thinks the bride did a good job.