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Ed Kowalczyk

As the lead singer of Live, Ed Kowalczyk fronted one of the most successful American post-grunge bands of the ‘90s, coming to prominence with their 1994 sophomore album, Throwing Copper. With his bald head and intense eyes, Kowalczyk cut a distinctive figure, but what separated him from other '90s alt-rockers was his utter earnestness: he adopted U2's open-hearted stance as his own, preferring sincerity to irony. Live released seven albums between 1991 and 2006 before splitting, with Kowalczyk launching a solo career in 2010 with Alive. Alive was Ed Kowalczyk’s first major activity outside of Live in his professional career. A native of York, Pennsylvania, he met the rest of the band while in middle school and the group played in a variety of incarnations before high school graduation. After completing high school, the group worked steadily, eventually signing with Radioactive Records in 1991, settling on the name Live. Their debut album, Mental Jewelry, arrived later that year but the big breakthrough came with Throwing Copper in 1994. Secret Samadhi followed in 1997 with The Distance to Here appearing in 2000, around the time when Kowalczyk started stepping outside the group, briefly appearing in David Fincher’s 1999 cult classic Fight Club and singing on Tricky’s single "Evolution Revolution Love" in 2001. Two other albums followed early in the new millennium -- V in 2001 and Birds of Pray in 2003 -- with the group's last, Songs from Black Mountain, appearing in 2006. Live supported the album with a tour that lasted until 2009, when the band announced a hiatus following a show at the Palazzo in Las Vegas. Soon it became apparent that the split was permanent due to a rift between Kowalczyk and the rest of the band; the rift led to the rest of the group filing a lawsuit against the singer in May 2010 alleging they were due publishing royalties. Kowalczyk was the first member to launch a solo career, releasing Alive in the summer of 2010. The record debuted at 166 on the Billboard charts but six on the magazine’s Christian chart. Kowalczyk released the EP The Garden in November of 2012 but he made his real re-entry into modern music nearly a year later with The Flood and the Mercy. Released on Harbour Records in October 2013, this second full-length album featured several contributions by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck, as well as appearances by singer/songwriter Rachel Yamagata. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Ed Kowalczyk

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Ed Kowalczyk

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Ed Kowalczyk

  1.   Song
  2.   Grace
  3.   Just in Time
  4.   The Garden
  5.   Solar Flare
  6.   Rise
  7.   Mind Games
  8.   Parasite
  9.   The One
  10.   Fire on the Mountain
  11.   Cornerstone
  12.   I'm the Proof
  13.   Drink (Everlasting Love)
  14.   The Watchman's Lament
  15.   Take Me Back
  16.   All That I Wanted featuring Peter Buck
  17.   Angels on a Razor by Peter Buck
  18.   Seven
  19.   The Great Beyond
  20.   Stand
  21.   In Your Light
  22.   Rome
  23.   Soul Whispers
  24.   Drive
  25.   Zion
  26.   Bottle of Anything
  27.   Supernatural Fire
  28.   Holy Water Tears featuring Peter Buck

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