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 47)
Origin York, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • guitarist
Instruments
Years active 1984–present
Labels
Associated acts Live
Website www.edkowalczyk.com

Edward Joel "Ed" Kowalczyk (born July 16, 1971)[1][2] is an American singer, songwriter, musician and a founding member of the band Live. After leaving Live in 2009, he launched a solo career. His first album, Alive, was released worldwide in June and July 2010. Ed rejoined Live in December 2016.

Early life[edit]

Kowalczyk was born to a family of Polish descent.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Ed Kowalczyk was the lead singer, lyricist, and main songwriter for the band Live from its formation until 2009, then rejoined the band in December 2016. In 2009, he left the band and the other three members issued a statement detailing what they felt were inappropriate actions by Kowalczyk.[3] Kowalczyk was sued by the band, seeking damages and an injunction against using the name "Live".[4] Ed rejoined the band in December 2016 after months of rumors.[5]

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.

Kowalczyk has worked with musicians Stuart Davis and Glen Ballard and singers Anouk, Neneh Cherry, Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, Red Wanting Blue, 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.[citation needed]

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]

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.[6] In 2008, he appeared in a video with will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Scarlett Johansson, and Nick Cannon, supporting U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama and appeared at campaign rallies for Obama with will.i.am.[citation needed]

Kowalczyk is a member of Canadian charity Artists Against Racism and has worked with them on awareness campaigns. [7]

Discography[edit]

Solo studio albums
Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[8]
AUS
[9]
BEL (FL)
[9]
NED
[9]
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
136
Solo extended plays
Year Album details Peak chart positions
US
[8]
AUS
[9]
BEL (FL)
[9]
NED
[9]
2012 The Garden (EP)
  • Released: November 2012
  • Label: Harbour Records, Inc.
  • Format:downloadable
Solo singles
Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US
Alt.
AUS NED
2001 "Evolution Revolution Love" (Tricky featuring Ed Kowalczyk & Hawkman) 35[10] 79[11] Blowback
2010 "Grace" 100 Alive
"Stand"
2013 "Seven" The Flood and the Mercy

Songs in TV[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]