Live Singer Ed Kowalczyk Talks Going Solo and New EP ‘The Garden’


Story by Anne Erickson

Exclusive interview: Live singer and songwriter Ed Kowalczyk chats about his upcoming EP, ‘The Garden’

Ed Kowalczyk came into the music world in the midst of the ‘90s alternative rock boom as the lead singer and songwriter of Live, a band known for its lush, spiritual songwriting and dramatic music. Live ultimately notched nine Top 10 radio hits, including “Lightning Crashes,” “I Alone,” “Heaven” and “Selling the Drama” and went on to sell over 20 million albums.

Now, Kowalczyk is engaged in a full-fledged solo career, and he releases a new EP, “The Garden,” on Nov. 19. The 10-track collection features five new songs and five remixes of those songs, and it’s the follow-up to Kowalczyk’s 2010 debut solo release, “Alive.”

For Kowalczyk, going down the path of a solo artist isn’t a phase. It’s something that feels right for the long-term.

“Three years ago, I came to a point in my life and career where I was just bored,” he exclusively told Audio Ink Radio. “It’s part of my contemplative nature to ask, ‘What’s going on here?’ I had been doing in for so long in the same way, and I really wanted to branch out and start to do new things and play with new people.

“I had been in the same situation for almost two decades. It definitely feels like a new era for me personally, rather than something I was just going to do once and experiment with and then go back to the way it was. Being the source of the songwriting and vocals in Live for all those years, the process hasn’t really changed, but I’ve moved into this place where I’m still doing what I’ve always done, but with new musicians and a new producer, and having the time of my life!”

Check back for our full interview with Kowalczyk in the coming weeks.




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