Born during the rise of grunge and alternative rock, Collective Soul broke into mainstream popularity when they rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-platinum quintet has been making music for two decades since then and has a catalog of #1 hits under their belts. Collective Soul helped shape and define alternative rock with lots of guitars and attitude.
Collective Soul was formed in the small town of Stockbridge, Georgia, in the early 1990s. The group consists of principal songwriter and frontman Ed Roland (lead vocals/keyboards/guitars), Dean Roland (rhythm guitarist), Will Turpin (bassist), Johnny Rabb (drummer) and Jesse Triplett (lead guitarist).
The band’s debut album Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid was originally released in 1993 on Atlanta indie label Rising Storm. Their self-titled second album was a triple platinum juggernaut that produced five Top Ten hits, and two of the singles–“December” and “The World I Know”–charted on the Top 40, which spoke to the band’s crossover appeal.
And so their success continued, with albums in 1997, 1999, 2000, and a greatest hits album, 7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits 1994-2001, in 2001.
Following that album, Collective Soul recognized that the music industry was evolving and was one of the first bands to create their own label to have more independence and control over their sound. And, in 2004, that label, El Music Group, released the dynamic album Youth. From the Ground Up (2005) and Home (2006) were also released under El Music Group, along with a DVD featuring their live concert with the Atlanta City Youth Orchestra.
In 2007, the band teamed with Target to be the exclusive retailer for the band’s next album, Afterwords, from Roadrunner Records. This arrangement was one of the first such exclusive album release deals to be made by a band with a sole retailer.
Following the film’s success, the song’s exposure earned Collective Soul new popularity and connected with a younger audience. In 2009, they released their self-titled eighth studio album, and their ninth in 2015.
Collective Soul continues to rock quite simply for the love of music and will perform on our main stage on Monday, October 15 @ 8PM. Get your tickets now to see the band that helped define alternative rock.