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Formed in Stockbridge, Georgia, USA, Collective Soul earned their reputation with strong, hook-laden pop rock songs, the best example of which is Shine, which topped Billboards Rock Album Tracks poll in May 1994 and broke into the mainstream Top 20. The bands history up to then, however, had been a tortuous one spanning more than a decade. Ed Roland (3 August 1963; vocals/keyboards/guitar) grew up in a strict family, with access to music and radio denied by his parents. Despite this, he left Stockbridge to study guitar at Bostons Berklee College Of Music. When he ran out of money he returned to Stockbridge to work in a 24-track recording studio, where he taught himself production technique and formed the band Collective Soul. (The only surviving member of that version of the band to cross over to the new line-up was drummer Shane Evans.)
After years of rejection from major labels, Roland disbanded Collective Soul...