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Collective Soul Biography

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Birth Place: Stockbridge, Georgia, United States
Years Active: 1993–present
Genres: Alternative Rock, Hard Rock, Post-grunge

Collective Soul is an American rock band originally formed in Stockbridge, Georgia. They have recorded seven #1 mainstream rock hits.

Collective Soul broke into mainstream popularity with its first hit single, "Shine", which came from their debut album ''Hints, Allegations, and Things Left Unsaid'', released in 1993. The album reached #1 on the Top Heatseekers chart and #15 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The group’s self-titled second album issued following year, was certified RIAA triple platinum, and logged a 76 week run on the Billboard 200. Notable singles from Collective Soul included US Rock Chart #1 hits "December," "Where The River Flows," and "The World I Know," #2 hit "Gel," and the Top 10 hit "Smashing Young Man."

“Disciplined Breakdown,” released in 1997, did not sell as well as the band's previous records, despite being its higher debut on the charts. This album eventually became a platinum album, and produced two more #1 singles: "Precious Declaration" and "Listen". The album peaked at #16 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

The band’s fourth album was 1999’s platinum certified Dosage. The first single "Heavy" set a new high mark for 15 weeks at #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart. Singles such as "Run", "Needs", and "Tremble For My Beloved" also gained notable positions on the rock charts.

The group released its fifth studio album, “Blender” in 2000. It did not fare as well as their other albums, although the first single "Why, Pt. 2" reached #2 on the mainstream rock chart. They also had additional radio hits with "Vent" and "Perfect Day," the latter being duet between Roland and Elton John. Eventually the album was RIAA certified gold.

In 2001, Collective Soul released their greatest hits compilation, “7even Year Itch: Greatest Hits 1994–2001,” which featured the new tracks "Next Homecoming" and "Energy". The record also marked the end of the group's contract with Atlantic Records.

In November 2004, they released their sixth studio album, “Youth,” which debuted at #66 on the Billboard 200. "Counting the Days" became a Top 10 rock hit. The second single, "Better Now" received airplay on Adult Top 40. The third single "How Do You Love" became a Top 20 hit on Adult Top 40 radio.

Collective Soul's seventh studio album, “Afterwords” was released on August 28, 2007. “Afterwords” debuted at #25 on the Billboard Comprehensive Albums chart and #5 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums chart.

Collective Soul released their eighth studio album, another self-titled, but designated by the band as “Rabbit.” It was released on August 25, 2009 by Roadrunner Records. The first single was "Staring Down" and the second single was "Welcome All Again". "Staring Down" peaked at #17 on the Mediabase Hot AC chart and also charted on Billboard's Adult Top 40. The album debuted at #24 on the Billboard 200.

Collective Soul was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame on September 19, 2009.