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Blessid Union Of Souls

With their optimistic, spiritual outlook and song-oriented mix of pop, R&B, and folk -- dubbed "rural soul" by the band -- Blessid Union of Souls quickly became one of the most popular bands in the post-Hootie & the Blowfish adult alternative radio format in the mid-'90s. Their 1995 debut album, Home, was a huge success, producing a Top Ten hit in the single "I Believe."

Blessid Union of Souls were founded in Cincinnati by vocalist/songwriter Eliot Sloan and guitarist/songwriter Jeff Pence in 1990; keyboardist C.P. Roth, who had played in Ozzy Osbourne's touring band, and drummer Eddie Hedges, who toured with several R&B acts, soon completed the band's early lineup. Sloan and Hedges had played together in the mid-'80s in an R&B band called the Movies, and briefly signed with CBS. Taking their name from a line in an episode of M*A*S*H (and misspelling the first word to ensure correct pronunciation), Blessid Union of Souls recorded a demo tape in 1992 that found its way to EMI Records, which immediately offered the group a contract. Their debut album, Home, took over two years to craft properly, and was finally released in March of 1995; it was an immediate success, thanks to Cincinnati DJs who had already begun playing the then-unreleased lead single, "I Believe," and spread the word about the band. "I Believe" eventually reached number eight on the Billboard singles chart and became one of the most played songs of the year; like many of Sloan's songs, the lyrics reflected subtly Christian sentiments, but never became overbearing or preachy. The follow-up, "Let Me Be the One," also reached the Top 40 and was featured prominently in the soap opera All My Children.

After EMI went under, Blessid Union of Souls switched over to Capitol, also adding full-time bassist Tony Clark in 1996. Their self-titled follow-up was released in 1997, featuring the lead single "I Wanna Be There"; while there were well-crafted collaborations with professional songwriters like 1996 Grammy winner Tommy Sims, the album was not quite as commercially successful as its predecessor. Walking Off the Buzz was released in the spring of 1999. A collection entitled Singles followed in early 2001. Even though the band took the next four years away from the recording studio, Blessid Union of Souls did continued to play live. C.P. Roth and Eddie Hedges left in 2002 and were soon replaced with longtime friends of the band, Bryan Billhimer and Shaun Schaefer. The new lineup released Perception on the Ultrax label in 2005. In September 2008 the band released a new studio effort, Close to the Edge; the album’s 12 tracks included eight that had previously appeared on Perception. ~ Steve Huey, Rovi
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Track List: I Believe

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Comments

Lyrics are wrong wtf
Wonderful:-)
I feel like god is talking through you. . Blessed Union of Souls
lbader
Was great to see Elliot perform last night saw them years ago and came out of the show thinking Wow I miss this kind of music.
gyrlfrend
They have different lyrics showing for the song I Believe
She Likes Me For Me...anyone else feel like they've heard that more than any other song of theirs?
lulusmom50
the only song i knew by these guys before was Brother My Brother, as I am a huge Pokemon fan and that song is in the most poignant part of the 1st movie. Didn't expect this! These guys are awesome!
john.mrqz
I wish music today still had the high level of ethics and morals like this band does
Having a pensive way they reflect their muse while singing. This band entertains us in the wistful glory that comes from their music. Giving a performance that leaves you yearning for more. "Blessid Union Of Souls" is a band who creates a different reality within their lyrics. And the standout etiquette of each member is what gives their music it's vibe. You can't help but love their music.
laura_klingl e s m i t h
Beautiful heart felt music, the way music was meant to be. This is my husband and my favorite group. Every song has meaning to me. I love everything they have done.
hinman1017
Blessid Union of Souls is the best band EVER.
Woo!!!
-fangirl scream-
tara2523
Where are the other three albums...Hom e , Light in your eyes, and the title album Blessid Union of Souls. These guys are awsome, if you don't know them look up the song "I believe" its beathtaking.
One of the most overlooked groups of the 90's and even today. Keep making us happy with your awesome music. Every song on all of their CD's is amazing and that is hard to say about any group or any solo artist for that matter.
give great concerts at small college venues, a great band, been a huge fan since the early days, and still love their new stuff. One of the only bands that I actually buy CDs from anymore.
Love these guys..... kinda just tripped over them. I have EVERYTHING they have made... Awsome!
We have an anointed love here- never before tried but surely true!!!! I love this music.
i love them!

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