Edwin McCain


Edwin McCain

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Edwin McCain


Background = solo_singer
Born = birth date and age|1970|01|20
Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Genre = Alternative rock
Indie rock
Years_active = 1991-present
Label = Lava, Vanguard

Edwin McCain (born January 20, 1970 in Greenville, South Carolina) is an American alternative rock singer-songwriter.

Career

Edwin McCain is a well known alternative rock singer-songwriter. While his albums are released under his name, he does have a permanent band, referred to as the Edwin McCain Band. Members of the band include Larry Chaney, lead guitar; Pete Riley, rhythm guitar and background vocals; Craig Shields, saxophone and keyboards; Manny Yanes, bass guitar; and Peter Alexander, drums.

Long time touring friends with Hootie and the Blowfish, the Edwin McCain band signed with same label, Atlantic Records. In 1994, he recorded his first major-label album, "Honor Among Thieves" under the Lava Records imprint (Matchbox Twenty, Kid Rock and Jewel). The record was then released in 1995. His second album, "Misguided Roses", spawned "I'll Be", a major hit single in 1998. This song is also featured on the charitable album, "Live in the X Lounge", along with a live version of "Solitude". It was also featured and included in the soundtrack of the 2004 teen flick, "A Cinderella Story". Two more albums ("Messenger" and "Far from Over") followed, but at the end of 2001, he split from Lava. In 2003 he released a collection of acoustic versions of songs both old and new called "The Austin Sessions" via ATC Records, a Nashville-based independent record label (at which McCain was the first artist signed following its creation in 2001). Also in 2003, McCain collaborated with artists Matthew Sweet and Pete Droge as The Thorns, releasing a self-titled album. The group was widely compared to the Traveling Wilburys and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Mid-2004 saw the arrival of his first studio album in three years, entitled "Scream & Whisper", which was released on another indie label, DRT Entertainment.

He has released two DVDs to date. The first was through ATC records in late 2002, called "", and it consisted of interviews, live performances, and other material. The other was in late 2004, "Tinsel & Tap Shoes". It was his first live concert DVD, recorded at The House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Co-written & performed with singer/songwriter Maia Sharp, McCain released a single, "Hold Out a Hand." This song, available for a 99 cent download on iTunes Store, gives all profits to the relief of the hurricane victims of 2005.

Edwin McCain Band's newest original material CD, titled, "Lost in America," was released on April 11, 2006, on Vanguard Records. This was album #9 and is said to be a true "rock 'n roll" collection. There were three single releases from this CD: "Gramercy Park Hotel", "Truly Believe", and "The Kiss"

Edwin's next release, a collection of R&B cover songs entitled "Nobody's Fault But Mine" will be released June 24th 2008 under a one off deal with Saguaro Road Records. Edwin will start work on the proper Vanguard Records follow up to "Lost In America" in the fall following the promotional tour for the covers album.

Band members

Members of the Edwin McCain Band include Larry Chaney, lead guitar; Pete Riley, rhythm guitar and background vocals; Craig Shields, saxophone and keyboards; Manny Yanes, bass guitar; and Peter Alexander, drums.

Trivia

Edwin McCain, known throughout his musical career for his long hair shaved his head in 2006. At one public appearance after cutting his hair, on December 30, 2006, at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, he jokingly stated, "Never bet on the Clemson/Carolina game." It was soon discovered afterwords, that he donated his hair to Locks of Love. At a concert at the "Neighborhood Theater" in Charlotte, North Carolina on November 23, 2007, Edwin noted an additional reason for cutting his hair: Since both he and his wife had long hair, his two children were referring to both of them as "mommy" - "Pretty Mommy" and "Ugly Mommy". Edwin said he got tired of being "Ugly Mommy."

Discography

Radio Singles

* "Solitude" (1995)
* "Sorry To A Friend" (1995)
* "See The Sky Again" (1997)
* "I'll Be" (1997)
* "What Matters" (1998)
* "I Could Not Ask for More" (1999)
* "Go Be Young" (1999)
* "Beautiful Life" (2000)
* "Far From Over" (2001)
* "Radio Star" (2001)
* "Write Me A Song" (2001)
* "Say Anything" (2004)
* "Shooting Stars" (2004)
* "Gramercy Park Hotel" (2006)
* "Truly Believe" (2006)
* "The Kiss" (2007)
* "Some Kind of Wonderful" (2008)

External links

* [http://www.edwin.com/ Edwin McCain's official website (Edwin.com)]
* [http://www.myspace.com/edwinmccain Edwin McCain's MySpace]
* [http://www.edwinfans.com// EdwinFans.com (Fan site dedicated to the artist; includes photos, biography, and forum.)]
* [http://www.embholycity.com/ EMBHolyCity.com (Fan site which includes tabs for Edwin McCain's music, tour dates and more)]
* [http://www.edwinmccainmusic.com/ EdwinMcCainMusic.com (Edwin McCain Band fan site with forum, slideshows, tour dates & contests)]

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