Ed Kowalczyk

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Ed Kowalczyk
Ed Kowalczyk at Bluesfest 2009.jpg
Ed Kowalczyk performing with Live in Ottawa (2009)
Background information
Birth name Edward Joel Kowalczyk
Born (1971-07-16) July 16, 1971 (age 45)
Origin York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, post-grunge, hard rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter-guitarist
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1984–present
Labels Radioactive, Epic, Sony, V2
Associated acts Live
Website www.edkowalczyk.com

Edward Joel Kowalczyk (born July 16, 1971)[1] is an American musician, and a founding member of the band Live. Since leaving Live in 2009, he has launched a solo career. His first album, Alive, was released worldwide in June and July 2010.


Main article: Live (band)

Ed Kowalczyk was the lead singer, lyricist and main songwriter for the band Live from its formation until 2009. In 2009 he left the band and the other three members issued a statement detailing what they felt were inappropriate actions by Kowalczyk.[2] Kowalczyk was sued by the band, seeking damages and an injunction against using the name "Live".[3]

Solo career[edit]

Following his departure from Live, Kowalczyk recorded his first solo album, Alive, which was released in 2010. In 2012 he recorded The Garden and in 2013 The Flood and the Mercy.

Collaboration with other musicians[edit]

Kowalczyk has worked with musicians Stuart Davis and Glen Ballard and singers Anouk, Neneh Cherry, Adam Duritz of Counting Crows and Shelby Lynne. He featured on the song "Evolution Revolution Love," from the 2001 Tricky album Blowback. He collaborated with Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison and Tina Weymouth (ex-Talking Heads, then performing as The Heads) on the song "Indie Hair" from their 1996 album No Talking, Just Head.

Political activities[edit]

Kowalczyk performed John Lennon's "Imagine" with Slash in 2003 at "Peace on the Beach," a rally to protest the coming War in Iraq.[4] In 2008 he appeared in a video with will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Scarlett Johansson and Nick Cannon, supporting US Presidential candidate Barack Obama and appeared at campaign rallies for Obama with will.i.am.


He appeared in the David Fincher film Fight Club as a waiter who serves the characters of Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter, his only film acting credit to date.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Kowalczyk was born to a family of Polish descent. 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 Northeastern High School.

Kowalczyk is married and has three daughters and one son. He announced the birth of his third daughter, Cecilia, on April 14, 2011, and his son, Paul, on August 5, 2013. His younger brother Adam Kowalczyk, who is also a musician, toured with Live from 1999 to 2009, playing rhythm guitar and providing backing vocals.

He had long hair until the release of Throwing Copper, when he shaved his head except for a single braid. He grew it back around the The Distance to Here/V era, appearing with hair in the video to "Simple Creed", but has since returned to shaving his head.


Solo studio albums
Year Album details Peak chart positions
2010 Alive
  • Released: July 6, 2010
  • Label: Sony / V2
  • Format: CD
166 42 27 4
2013 The Flood and The Mercy
  • Released: October 29, 2013
  • Label: Sony / V2
  • Format: CD
Solo extended plays
Year Album details Peak chart positions
2012 The Garden (EP)
  • Released: November 2012
  • Label: Harbour Records, Inc.
  • Format:downloadable
Solo singles
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
2001 "Evolution Revolution Love" (Tricky featuring Ed Kowalczyk & Hawkman) 35[8] 79[9] Blowback
2010 "Grace" 100 Alive
2013 "Seven" The Flood and the Mercy

Songs in TV[edit]


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