Collective Soul is an American rock band originally from Stockbridge, Georgia.Now based in Atlanta, the group consists of lead vocalist Ed Roland, rhythm guitarist Dean Roland, bassist Will Turpin, drummer Johnny Rabb and lead guitarist Jesse Triplett.
The band broke into mainstream popularity with their first hit single, “Shine”. They have recorded seven Number One rock hits.
Before forming Collective Soul, singer Ed Roland studied music composition and guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.Since the mid-1980s Roland was involved in Atlanta’s underground music scene making demos and performing. He also worked at Real 2 Reel Studios in Stockbridge, which was owned by bassist Will Turpin’s father, Bill Turpin. Roland’s duties were producing, mixing and engineering for local Atlanta artists. He recorded his demos and released an independent solo album Ed-E Roland in 1991.