Collective Soul Biography

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Collective SoulCollective Soul is an American post grunge rock band that originated from Stockbridge, Georgia. It was formed by Ed Roland who was already working in the music industry doing production and engineering work. At the same time, Ed was also recording and sending out demos to record labels.

In 1993, his song "Shine" became an underground hit at a college radio station on Orlando. The hit single from the independent release of the album Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid led Ed Roland to bring in brother Dean Roland, Shane Evans, Will Turpin and Ross Childress to form the official line-up of Collective Soul.

The band was signed by Atlantic Records when they found out about the popularity of "Shine". The band then re-released the carrying album of the hit single under Atlantic and became a Double Platinum success for the band in 1994. The group then released a self-titled follow up album in 1995. This confirmed that the band was not a one hit wonder.

The album was able to stay for 76 weeks on the Billboard 200 Charts and was certified Triple Platinum by the RIAA. Three of the album’s single releases, "December", "Where the River Flows" and "The World I Know", were able to reach the number one spot on the US Rock charts.

Although their first two albums were commercially successful selling for over 5 million copies, the band was only paid about $150 dollars a week and received nothing else. Their manager has claimed most of the money as well as the publishing rights to their albums. This led to a nasty split that further led to a court battle that has since been settled with both parties keeping mum on the agreements made.

After the settlement, the band then released Disciplined Breakdown in 1997. It did not sell as well as their previous albums but was still able to reach Platinum status. The band then released another album, Dosage in 1999 which received critical acclaim.

The album was fueled by their top single, "Heavy" which stayed at number one on the charts for an incredible 14 weeks. Blender was the band’s next album released in 2000. It did not fare as well as their previous album but was certified Gold by the RIAA. Next in the line of releases, the band came out with 7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits 1994-2001. This album signified their last release under Atlantic Records. The band then went on a hiatus for two years.

In 2004, Collective soul reunited by releasing their sixth studio album, Youth, under their own label. Although it achieved only moderate success at the charts, but it helped the band get back into the fold after a long hiatus. Steady sales of the album along with a tour that lasted for two years made their presence felt among music fans again. After releasing acoustic EP and a live concert release, the band released another album in August of 2007. The album was entitled Afterwords.

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