Renowned for his passionate vocals, Ed Roland is best known as the frontman and principal songwriter of platinum selling rock band Collective Soul, With seven #1 hits under his belt, Roland also stays busy with his Americana band the Sweet Tea Project and has solo projects in the works as well. The producer and two-time Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee is also a father, an avid golfer, a guitar and art collector and supports various charities in his community.
Born during the rise of grunge and alternative rock, Collective Soul broke into mainstream popularity when they rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-platinum quintet has been making music for two decades since then and has a catalog of #1 hits including “December,” “The World I Know,” “Heavy” and “Run.” Collective Soul helped shape and define alternative rock with lots of guitars and attitude. The band released its ninth album on “See What You Started by Continuing” in 2015. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Alternative Album chart, marking the band’s highest charting position on that chart in their illustrious career.
Roland is also an avid golfer and has been honored to play at some of the most beautiful courses in the world. Roland played golf for the first time 20 years ago when Collective Soul was on tour with Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen popped his head into the band’s tour bus and announced, “Tomorrow we are playing golf.” The game has become a passion for Roland ever since. Roland insists he plays for fun and to enjoy the company he is with. His current handicap is 15, while his lowest has been 9. He has played in various tournaments including the Zurich ProAm and the BMW ProAm in Greensboro, SC. Roland serves on the board of the Atlanta Chapter of the First Tee Program, an initiative that focuses on teaching life skills to kids and teens through the game of golf.
Roland supports various charities and focuses on organizations close to home in Atlanta. In 2013, Roland received the Youth Catalyst Award from Usher’s New Look Foundation. Each year, Roland does a charity event at Christmas to support local organizations. 2017 marks the first year of the Ed Roland’s Winter Wonder Bash concert supporting the TJ Martell Foundation.