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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, Rovi
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Most favorite artist! His state of mind about live if you read the Rolling Stones newspaper is the best! Ed is a man of wisdom and shall continue to write his music for all to hear! Or in other words... HES AWESOME!
What kind of last name is that?!
Greatest singer ever!!!!!!
Michael
Craig, the fact is Ed was the main creative force behind Live. He can take that with him and create great new songs like he has, he is Live. Without him, Live can't create the songs that Live is known for. He was the backbone of those songs. I feel sorry for them but maybe they should have shown him the respect he deserved as the main backbone of the band, then he wouldn't have left. It's their own fault.
Live aint gonna be much without him, I hope he creates a lot of solo albums and even starts a new band. That'd be wild. One of my fav singers and songwriters ever. Top 3 easy
onegoldengir l
Makes me so happy to see his new album on Pandora already!!
I got to see him in a small theatre in sellersville here it was just him and his guitar, loved it so much and he is literally the best singer ever!!!!
onegoldengir l
I really need to dig out the ALIVE album. Oh, Ed. I just love ya.
Get back with the band y'all are both covering Live songs anyway may as well do it the right way....
come back to cleveland again! Rock us with a band too!
The alt-rock group Live are suing vocalist Ed Kowalczyk to make sure he doesn't use the band's name and are seeking an injunction and $2 million in damages for trademark infringement , trademark dilution and false designation of origin.
He is very intense...a great showman! I do miss the band together though....
there was grace...sain t s and sinners spinning through space....gra c e upon grace....... . . . . . . . . . j d m
I like this guy. He writes good music. I would like tp hear more of Ed and I hope he does well as a solo artist. Plus I think he's polish, and so am I.
onegoldengir l
Just one incredible man.

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