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Collective Soul is an alternative rock band from Stockbridge, Georgia, USA. Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, they enjoyed moderate popularity on alternative rock radio. Collective Soul enjoyed much more success on mainstream rock radio, as they created hook-laden melodies on top of crunchy guitar riffs reminiscent of classic rock bands from the 70's and 80's. Ed Roland cites Elton John and the Cars as main influences, though their music can be as heavy as Led Zeppelin.

With a compelling mix of shimmering melodies and driving rock, Collective Soul has proven to be one of the more adaptable groups emerging in the brave new post-alternative world.

The band's members all hail from Stockbridge, Ga., where they first met in high school. Various members of the quintet did time on the local Atlanta club scene in different groups before eventually being brought together as the current Collective Soul. Soul founder Ed Roland was a Berkley school drop-out who had given up hope for an earlier incarnation of the band when he started shopping a songwriter demo, recorded in 1993 at a small independent studio where he worked for bassist Will Turpin's father. Roland's earnest do-it-yourself ethic paid off when one of the songs on the demo, "Shine," began garnering airplay on a university-run station in Georgia and later a commercial station in Florida. A major-label deal prompted the release of what was to become Hints, Allegations, And Things Left Unsaid, a debut LP released in 1994 that comprised performances by Roland and a drum machine. The album also prompted the hasty gathering of a new version of Collective Soul, which included Ed's brother Dean (guitar), Ross Childress (guitar), Turpin (bass) and Shane Evans (drums). Collective Soul (1995), the group's first fully-realized "band" effort, yielded a string of radio hits including "Untitled" and "December," with a follow-up, Disciplined Breakdown (1997) promising to bring the group more mainstream success.

With Roland's songwriting sensibilities and the rest of the group's ability to develop a wide range of atmospheres over a solid rock backbone, Collective Soul has the potential to transcend most of what comes out of the late-'90s alt-rock arena. The band's latest, Dosage, is especially adventurous, with poppy songs that are at times surprisingly reminiscent of ELO, though probably not calculatedly so.

Collective Soul achieved the most success among bands in the mid 1990's rock scene which produced hooky melodic clean rock, such as the Gin Blossoms, Better Than Ezra and Live. These bands created a sound of their time following the grunge movement in the early 1990's which took the international music world by storm, led by Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Collective Soul eventually paved the way for bands such as Matchbox 20 to achieve enormous success.
Collective Soul broke through in 1994 with their hit "Shine". "Shine" became a #1 rock smash for 8 weeks, peaked at #4 on alternative and hit #8 on the pop chart. The multi-format smash also became an MTV staple. "Shine" also became the #1 Album Rock Song of 1994 and won a Billboard award for the Top Rock song that year. Subsequent single "Breathe" did not fare as well on the charts but the band returned to the studio to release their best-selling album to date, the self-titled "Collective Soul".

Their second album bore five hit singles, along with two crossover smashes, "December" and "The World I Know". Both were #1 Mainstream Rock hits, with "December" repeating "Shine's success by winning the Billboard award for the Top Rock song of 1995.

Third studio effort "Disciplined Breakdown" did not fare as well, producing no real crossover hits. However, it added two to Collective Soul's tally of #1 hits. In 1998, Collective Soul released "Dosage" amidst critical acclaim. Two tracks, "Heavy" and "Run" were simultaneously released to radio. The former became a Top 5 Alternative smash and a #1 hit on Rock radio for a record-breaking 14 weeks. (Since then, the record for the longest stay at #1 was broken in 2000 by 3 Doors Down, who stayed at #1 for 21 weeks with "Loser") "Run", the softer acoustic track, was released to mainstream radio and was featured in the movie "Varsity Blue". It garnered moderate success on alternative, hot AC and the Top 40 formats but became somewhat of a cult favorite. At the end of 1998, "Heavy" was the #2 rock song of the year.

Collective Soul was one of the Top 5 most played bands on the Mainstream Rock format in the 1990's. In 2000, Collective Soul released fifth studio album "Blender" which achieved modest success. It entered at #22 on the Billboard 200 but produced no more than one bona fide hit with "Why Pt 2" peaking at #2 at their strongest format. Subsequent singles flopped, such as "Perfect Day" (a duet with Elton John" and "Vent", which barely cracked the Top 40 on the Rock chart.

In 2001, the lead guitarist, Ross Childress, left the band, eventually being replaced by his own guitar tech, Joel Koesche. On November 2004, Collective Soul released sixth studio album "Youth" with new guitarist Joel Koesche. They released "Youth" under their own label, El Music Group. The album entered at #66 on the Billboard 200, after a string of promotional club/radio appearances, including a sold-out show at Los Angeles' Roxy Theater, performing a high-energy show. They scored a Top 10 Rock smash with "Counting The Days" the same week.

Current members
Ed Roland - vocals, keyboards, guitars
Will Turpin - bass, percussion
Dean Roland - rhythm guitars
Shane Evans - drums, percussion
Joel Kosche - guitars
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