ABOUT COLLECTIVE SOUL
Formed in Stockbridge, Georgia in 1992, rock band Collective Soul consists of lead vocalist Ed Roland, rhythm guitarist Dean Roland, bassist Will Turpin, drummer Johnny Rabb, and lead guitarist Jesse Triplett.
In the mid-1980s, Ed Roland performed as a solo artist and formed the band Ed-E, which then paved the way for his next project, Marching Two-Step, which included original Collective Soul drummer Shane Evans, Michele Rhea Caplinger, and Matt Serletic, who went on to become a Grammy Award-winning producer for Collective Soul, Matchbox Twenty, Blessid Union of Souls, and Edwin McCain.
1993-1994: Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid and signing to Atlantic Records
Once Roland’s other projects had disbanded, he set about forming a new band to put together a demo, with the initial intention of selling the songs to a publishing company. However, the demo was picked up by several college radio stations, who began playing the track "Shine" on heavy rotation. Due to the song’s popularity, Ed Roland put together a band to play the tracks live, enlisting his brother Dean Roland on rhythm guitar, drummer Shane Evans, bassist Will Turpin, and lead guitarist Ross Childress. This became the first iteration of Collective Soul. In the meantime, "Shine" had caught the attention of Atlantic Records who signed the band to their label.
The label soon re-released the 1993 demo Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid as their first studio album. Despite consisting of unpolished demo recordings, the album was a hit, reaching number three on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and number 15 on the Billboard 200, as well as gaining double-platinum certification from the RIAA. "Shine" topped the Mainstream Rock chart, reached number four on the Alternative Airplay and Mainstream Top 40 charts, and reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It became the number one Album Rock Song of 1994 and won a Billboard award for Top Rock Track. The album’s second single "Breathe" peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
Throughout 1994, the band toured extensively across North America, and also served as an opener for Aerosmith, as well as performing at Woodstock ‘94.
1995-1999: Collective Soul, Disciplined Breakdown, and Dosage
The band’s eponymous second album was released on March 14, 1995. The album reached number 23 on the Billboard 200, went triple-platinum, and spent 76 weeks on the Billboard 200 charts. It launched the singles "December", "Where the River Flows", and "The World I Know", which all topped the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock charts, as well as the number two hit "Gel" and the number eight hit "Smashing Young Man". From March through May 1995, the band opened for Van Halen to promote the album, before embarking upon a headline tour of the US, including several prominent music festival dates.
The band’s third album, Disciplined Breakdown (recorded while they were involved in a long and arduous lawsuit with their former management), was released in March 1997. The album eventually achieved platinum certification, and produced two more number-one singles on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart: "Precious Declaration" and "Listen", along with number 11 hit "Blame". The album peaked at number 16 on the Billboard 200.
Dosage, their fourth studio album, was released in February 1999. As with its predecessor, it was certified platinum. It peaked at number 21 on the Billboard 200 and the first single from the album, "Heavy", gave the band another number hit on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, spending a then record-breaking 15 weeks on the top spot. "Run", "No More, No Less", and "Tremble for My Beloved" also did well on the Billboard rock charts. That summer, the band performed at Woodstock ‘99.
2000-2003: Blender, first line-up change, and departure from Atlantic Records
In October 2000, Collective Soul released Blender, its fifth studio album. It launched the lead single "Why, Pt. 2", which reached number two on the Mainstream Rock chart, as well as the hits "Vent" and "Perfect Day" - the latter being a duet between Roland and Elton John. Blender was certified gold by the RIAA.
The band released its greatest hits compilation, Seven Year Itch: Greatest Hits 1994–2001 in 2001. It marked the end of their contract with Atlantic Records and coincidentally the departure of lead guitarist Childress. Their longtime guitar technician, Joel Kosche from Atlanta-based prog-rock band Jovian Storm, replaced Childress.
2004-2009: Formation of El Music Group, Youth, Afterwords, and Collective Soul II
In 2004, the band launched its own independent record label, El Music Group. Their sixth studio album, Youth, was released that November on the label, reaching number 66 on the Billboard 200. "Counting the Days" was the album’s first and most successful single, peaking at number eight on the Mainstream Rock chart. Its next single, "Better Now", peaked at number nine. To support the album, the band spent much of 2004 and 2005 on tour in the US and Canada.
In May 2005, Collective Soul released an eight-song acoustic EP compilation titled From the Ground Up, featuring acoustic versions of previous tracks, plus a new track, "Youth". The band performed two shows with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra on April 23 and 24, 2005. These shows were filmed and a live DVD/CD called Home: A Live Concert Recording With The Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra was released in February 2006. At the end of 2005, Evans was dismissed from the band due to extensive drug use. He was replaced by Ryan Hoyle, who had recorded much of Youth with the group and had filled in for Evans on several occasions.
Afterwords, the band’s seventh studio album, was released on August 28, 2007. The record debuted at No. 25 on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums chart, as it was ineligible for the Billboard 200 due to a deal the band made in the US with Target stores, who were the "exclusive physical retailer" of Afterwords for one year.
The Adult Top 40 pop-rock single "Hollywood" was released in May 2008 and later became the theme song for the hit TV show American Idol. The band performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to promote Afterwords. Later that year, Hoyle left the band and was replaced by Cheney Brannon.
Collective Soul released its second self-titled album in August 2009 on Roadrunner Records, a subsidiary of their previous label Atlantic Records. It debuted at number 24 on the Billboard 200. "Staring Down", the album’s lead single, charted at number 18 on the Adult Top 40 chart.
In September 2009, Collective Soul was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Roland gave a speech thanking a long list of former members and collaborators who had been involved over the past three decades, including Childress, Hoyle, and Brannon, and he invited Evans on stage with the band to celebrate.
2010-2013: Focus on side projects and touring
In 2010, Collective Soul began releasing their music via El Music Group once more. That December, the band released a re-recorded version of "Tremble for My Beloved" (originally from Dosage) as both a single and a video on iTunes.
During this period, Kosche and Turpin began their own solo careers, releasing the albums Fight Years (2010) and The Lighthouse (2011) respectively. Dean Roland was a part of the rock band Magnets and Ghosts, alongside Ryan Potesta, releasing their debut album Mass in November 2011. In 2011, Ed Roland started Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project, releasing their debut album, Devils 'n Darlins, in September 2013.
In 2012, Collective Soul embarked on the Dosage Tour, with touring member Johnny Rabb replacing Brannon on drums.
2014-present: See What You Started by Continuing and Blood
Kosche left Collective Soul in early-2014, with lead guitarist Jesse Triplett replacing him for Collective Soul’s Winter Tour, which began on January 15, 2014.
See What You Started by Continuing, the band’s ninth studio album, was released on October 2, 2015, by Vanguard Records. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Alternative Albums chart and at number four on the Top Rock Albums chart, as well as reaching number 25 on the Billboard 200. The album launched four singles: "This," "AYTA," "Hurricane", and "Contagious."
The band's live album, Collective Soul: Live, was released on December 8, 2017, by Suretone Records. The following year, they co-headlined the Rock & Roll Express Tour with 3 Doors Down, with support from Soul Asylum. In 2019, they celebrated their 25th anniversary by embarking upon the Now's the Time Tour, with support from Gin Blossoms.
Blood, the band’s 10th studio album, was released on June 21, 2019. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart and launched the single "Right as Rain", which charted at number 32 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart – their first entry on the chart in 14 years. On Record Store Day in August 2020, the band released Half & Half, which is an exclusive vinyl featuring two cover songs ("Opera Star" and "One I Love") and two originals ("Let Her Out" and "Back Again").