Edwyn Collins was born in Edinburgh and formed the rock group Orange Juice in Glasgow in 1979. The group enjoyed a huge hit with the song Rip It Up in 1983.
Around the same time, Collins met Lanarkshire-born Grace Maxwell in London where she was working as the house manager of a small West End theatre called The Arts Theatre. He asked her to manage Orange Juice and then his solo career when he left the band. Collins and Maxwell then went on to become a couple a year or so after meeting.
The highlight of Collins’ career was solo hit A Girl Like You, which transformed him into a global pop star in 1994, and expanded his fanbase and exposure into the US.
In 2005, Collins suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and was in hospital for six months. However, he recovered sufficiently that in 2006 he and Maxwell married and he has since returned to making music.