released July 6th, 2010
from the album - Grace
Edward Joel Kowalczyk (born July 16, 1971) is the former lead singer of the band Live. Since Live disbanded he has launched a solo career. His first album, Alive, is released worldwide in June and July 2010.
Kowalczyk has worked with musicians Stuart Davis and Glen Ballard as well as singers Anouk, Neneh Cherry and Adam Duritz of Counting Crows. He featured on the Tricky song "Evolution Revolution Love," from the 2001 album Blowback.
In 2008 Kowalczyk appeared in a video with will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Scarlett Johansson and rapper Nick Cannon, supporting US Presidential candidate Barack Obama. He has also appeared at campaign rallies for Obama with will.i.am.
He appeared in the David Fincher film Fight Club as a waiter, his only film acting credit to date.
He grew up in York, Pennsylvania and attended William Penn Senior High School in the York City School District, where he met the other three members of what would become Live. His father was a teacher at the local High School (Northeastern).
His younger brother Adam Kowalczyk toured with Live, playing rhythm guitar and providing backing vocals.
album review from all music
It’s certainly possible that the title of Ed Kowalczyk’s first solo album is a pun on his status as an former member of Live — he’s “A Live” on his own now — but given his fondness for sincerity, it’s unlikely. Kowalczyk doesn’t like to obscure his point, he likes to emphasize it, a sensibility that extends to his arrangements, which never rely on one guitar when five could do…which is all the better when he’s writing about big themes, which he does throughout Alive. This isn’t a new wrinkle since Live always was one of U2’s most earnest disciples, making big music out of big issues, to the extent of treating the personal as a cataclysmic event. They lost a bit of that rock & roll messiah complex toward the end of their run, but Kowalczyk brings it back big time here and he’s the better for it, sounding reinvigorated, or at least louder, throughout the bulk of Alive. Apart from the opening “Drive,” a misguided stab at Billy Corgan atmospherics, this is the biggest, boldest music he’s made since Throwing Copper, lacking the overheated hard rock poses of Live’s albums immediately following that blockbuster, and feeling simpler than their otherwise admirable Live finale Songs from Black Mountain. The big difference is, there aren’t skyscraping hooks here, only unfettered passion and sincerity, the eternal Kowalczyk trademarks that now get to burn brighter now that he’s on his own.
1 Drive Kowalczyk 3:36
2 The Great Beyond Kowalczyk 3:23
3 Grace Kowalczyk, Wattenberg 3:13
4 Stand Kowalczyk, Wattenberg 3:33
5 Drink (Everlasting Love) Daughtry, Kowalczyk 3:10
6 Zion Kowalczyk 4:06
7 In Your Light Kowalczyk 4:24
8 Just in Time Kowalczyk 3:09
9 Rome Kowalczyk 3:39
10 Soul Whispers Kowalczyk 3:51
11 Fire on the Mountain Kowalczyk 3:58
12 Sweet Surrender