Ed Roland (of Collective Soul)
Ed Roland writes music.
He writes musical poems. He writes melodic love letters. Prayers … set to a sound that will stay with you forever. He writes songs that become part of your life. You sing along with Ed in the car. At home. You sing with Ed at Collective Soul shows. You become one of thousands of people, standing together, going word for word with this son of Stockbridge, Georgia.
That’s right, Ed Roland writes those kinds of songs.
He’s been on stage 21 years with his band of brothers. 21 years of sweet, loud Rock and Roll. Recall a show from the 90’s or last week – that’s Ed Roland leaving every ounce of himself up on that stage. His personality, his deep-rooted respect for the audience and the music, comes through in every performance. Every note.
Ed would tell you that he didn’t get into Rock and Roll to sell records, but his stats are pretty darn impressive. How about seven #1 Hits on the Billboard Top 100 list? Eighteen Collective Soul songs have spent significant time on the charts. In Ed’s 21 years of touring the world he’s racked up quite an impressive list of multi-platinum albums. His work appears in movies and on TV. His music is so full of emotion and vivid imagery, filmmakers have been calling on Ed Roland to complete their vision since his first recordings began dominating radio airwaves.
If this is all starting to sound to you like a list of accomplishments that belong in a hall of fame, you’d be on to something. Ed and his Collective Soul band mates are proud members of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame … and Ed was again enshrined in the Georgia Music Hall of Fame’s Songwriters wing.
Ed may have performed his American classics like Shine and The World I Know and December throughout the world, but he’s been known to give back right in his own backyard. Ed donates his time to several causes like the 1st Tee of Atlanta, Big Brothers and Big Sisters … and his annual series of holiday shows at the famed Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, Georgia. The long-running series raises money for charities in the Atlanta area.
Ed Roland’s been at this career for 21 years. It’s been a very cool start. He’s right in the middle of it, writing a songs, putting the finishing touches on a new album, and bringing crowds of old fans and new fanatics to their feet.
You might say … so far, so great.