Collective Soul, taken from a line in Ayn Rand's book, The Fountainhead, was formed in the small town of Stockbridge, Georgia in the early 90’s by songwriter and lead vocalist Ed Roland, guitarists Dean Roland and Ross Childress and rhythm section Will Turpin (bass/percussion) and Shane Evans (drums/percussion). Released in 1993 on the Atlanta indie label Rising Storm, Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid featured the #1 hit single, “Shine”. The album was picked up the following year by Atlantic Records and went on to achieve Double Platinum status. They then released their second album, Collective Soul which featured the #1 hits, “December", “Where The River Flows” and “The World I Know” along with “Gel” and “Smashing Young Man”. The album went Triple Platinum and spent 76 weeks on Billboard’s Top 200 charts. Their 1997 album, Disciplined Breakdown spawned the #1 hits, “Precious Declaration” and “Listen” followed two years later with Dosage which produced the #1 hit single, “Heavy”.
In 2000, the band released Blender which featured the hit singles, “Why, Pt. 2”, “Vent” and “Perfect Day” … a duet with Roland and Elton John. They then returned to their roots in 2004 releasing the stripped-down and dynamic Youth on its own El Music Group imprint. The album featured the hit singles, “Counting the Days”, “Better Now” and “How Do You Love”. Their 2007 album, Afterwords opened at #25 on Billboard’s Comprehensive Albums Chart and #5 on Billboard’s Top Internet Albums Chart and featured the singles, “Hollywood” and “All That I Know”. The following year “Tremble For My Beloved” was featured in the 2008 blockbuster film, Twilight as well as on the film’s chart topping soundtrack. That same year they released their eighth studio album … another self-titled but designated by the band as Rabbit. This year they plan to release their much anticipated ninth studio album. Collective Soul is also gearing up for their Canadian tour which will include a date at the River Rock Casino Resort on April 5, 2014.
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