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Collective Soul

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Stockbridge, Georgia, United States (1992 – present)

Collective Soul is a band which formed in Stockbridge, Georgia, United States in 1992. The band currently consists of Ed Roland (vocals, guitar), Dean Roland of Magnets & Ghosts (guitar), Joel Kosche (lead guitar), Will Turpin (bass) and Cheney Brannon (drums). The band has released eight albums: Hints Allegations And Things Left Unsaid (1993), Collective Soul (1995), Disciplined Breakdown (1997), Dosage (1999), Blender (2000), Youth (2004), Afterwords (2007), and Collective Soul (Rabbit) (2009). They are best known for their three Top 40 singles in the United States: “Shine”, “December”, and “The World I Know”. They were the most succesful artist on American rock radio during the 1990’s, with seven number ones on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Chart during that decade.

Before forming Collective Soul, Ed Roland had studied music composition and guitar playing at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Since the mid 1980’s, Roland had been involved in underground music; either making unpublished demos or performing. He also worked at Real 2 Reel Studios in Stockbridge during the 1980’s and early 1990’s, which was owned by Will Turpin’s father. Roland’s main duties were producing, mixing and engineering work for local Atlanta artists. He also recorded his own demos and released his independent solo album Ed-E Roland in 1991. He had a pre-Collective Soul band in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s called Marching Two-Step which included Shane Evans, Michele Rhea Caplinger, and Matt Serletic.

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