Best known as the singer/songwriter behind Collective Soul, Ed Roland struck out on his own in the second decade of the new millennium. Roland had a long musical history prior to Collective Soul. He was a student at Boston's Berklee College of Music in the late '80s, and then he started his professional career, first releasing Ed-E Roland in 1991. Not long afterward, he decided to channel his creativity through the name Collective Soul, releasing the band's debut Hints, Allegations & Things Left Unsaid on an independent Georgia label called Rising Storm in 1993. "Shine," the first single from the record," started to get play in Georgia and Florida and, before long, the group signed with Atlantic Records and their debut received a national release in 1994.