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Edwin McCain (born January 20, 1970 in Greenville, South Carolinamarker) is an American alternative rock singer-songwriter and musician. He was adopted as an infant and had two sons with his wife and also had an adopted child.

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 (guitar), Pete Riley (guitar and vocals), Craig Shields (keyboards and saxophone), Jason Pomar (bass guitar and vocals) and Tez Sherrard (drums and percussion).

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 Nashvillemarker-based independent record label (at which McCain was the first artist signed following its creation in 2001). 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 Mile Marker: Songs and Stories from the Acoustic Highway, 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 Carolinamarker.

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" was released June 24, 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.

On 17 May 2009, Edwin performed on board USS JOHN C STENNIS, while the carrier was on a Western Pacific deployment in the vicinity of Guam.

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; Jason Pomar, bass guitar; and Tez Sherrard. drums.

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Discography

Albums

Release date Title Label Billboard Top 200 chart position
1991 Nomadic Logic Independent Release -
1993 Solitude Independent Release -
August 15, 1995 Honor Among Thieves Lava/Atlantic Records #107
June 24, 1997 Misguided Roses Lava/Atlantic Records #73
June 15, 1999 Messenger Lava/Atlantic Records #59
June 19, 2001 Far from Over Lava/Atlantic Records #105
February 25, 2003 The Austin Sessions ATC Records -
June 22, 2004 Scream & Whisper DRT Entertainment #183
April 11, 2006 Lost in America Vanguard Records
June 24, 2008 Nobody's Fault But Mine Saguaro Road Records


Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US US AC US Main. Rock
1995 "Solitude" 72 25 Honor Among Thieves
"Sorry to a Friend"
1997 "See the Sky Again" Misguided Roses
1998 "I'll Be" 5 6
"What Matters"
1999 "I Could Not Ask for More" 37 3 Messenger
"Go Be Young"
2000 "Beautiful Life"
2001 "Hearts Fall" 27 Far from Over
"Far from Over"
"Radio Star"
"Write Me a Song"
2004 "Say Anything" Scream and Whisper
"Shooting Stars"
2006 "Gramercy Park Hotel" Lost in America
"Truly Believe"
2007 "The Kiss"
2008 "Some Kind of Wonderful" Nobody's Fault But Mine
— denotes releases that did not chart


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