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Edward Joel Kowalczyk (born July 16, 1971) is the former lead singer of the band Live.


Ed Kowalczyk is the former lead singer and primary lyricist for the band Live.

Going solo

In April 2009 Kowalczyk launched his own personal website, The site predominantly features blogs written by Kowalczyk, covering his recent travels on tour.

In June 2009 Live announced via their respective Twitter pages that they would be taking a two year break to explore other musical ventures. Before and since then Kowalczyk has embarked on a solo tour of America and Europe, playing acoustic shows in support of an upcoming solo album. He is looking to go into the studio to record his debut solo album in September. The other members of Live have formed a group called The Gracious Few with Candlebox lead singer Kevin Martin providing the vocals.

On November 30, 2009 Chad Taylor, via his personal blog, announced that Ed is no longer a member of the band Live. These sentiments were also conveyed via an email to subscribers at, the band's official web site. In both instances, Taylor cited a recently-discovered 2005 contract that put Ed as the sole signature of the band's publishing company, Black Coffee Publishing Inc. In addition, Kowalczyk's demand for a $100,000 "lead singer bonus," at the 2009 Pinkpopmarker festival was also mentioned as causing a major rift between the band.

Collaboration with other musicians

Kowalczyk has worked with musicians Stuart Davis, Glen Ballard, singer Anouk, Neneh Cherry and the Counting Crows' Adam Duritz. He has also developed a close friendship with British trip-hop pioneer Tricky and the two have worked together with Tricky contributing on Live's fifth studio album V on the song Simple Creed. Kowalczyk was featured in the Tricky song "Evolution Revolution Love," released in the 2001 album "Blowback." This song was prominently featured in an episode of NBC's The West Wing.

In 2008, he appeared in a video with from the Black Eyed Peas and many other celebrities, including John Legend, Scarlett Johansson and rapper Nick Cannon, supporting US Presidential candidate Barack Obama. Kowalczyk has also been appearing at various campaign rallies for Obama, with

Outside of music

He appeared in the David Fincher film adaptation of Fight Club as a waiter. This is his only acting film credit to date.

Personal life

He grew up in York, Pennsylvania and attended William Penn 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 travels along with Live on tours, assisting them on stage by playing the guitar and providing backing vocals.


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