When Collective Soul released its early 1990s song "Shine"-with lyrics starting out as "Give me a word/Give me a sign"-the song did just that.
The song put the American alternative rock band originally from Stockbridge, Ga., on the map-and was a "sign" of a successful musical career to come. Fast forward 25 years from 1993, when "Shine" was released on Collective Soul's debut album "Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid," the group has continued to perform to sold-out audiences and will release its newest album "Blood" June 21.
Collective Soul will perform songs from its older and newer albums when they step on the Lakes Jam Bud Light Main Stage at 8 p.m. June 29 at Brainerd International Raceway, north of Brainerd and Baxter. The rock band will perform before the headliner band-3 Doors Down-during the last night of the three-day music fest that began in 2012.
Collective Soul members consist of Ed Roland, vocals and guitar, and his brother, Dean Roland, rhythm guitar; Jesse Triplett, lead guitar; Will Turpin, bassist; and Johnny Rabb, drums.
Turpin took some time out of his morning Tuesday, June 11, before their show that night scheduled in Northfield, Ohio, to do an interview with the Dispatch-or what the artists' agents call a "phoner"-about Collective Souls' successes over the years, their excitement of their new album and their upcoming trip to the lakes area.
"There'll be lots of high energy and we are going to exchange that energy from the crowd to the stage and bring the music back in the crowd's ears," Turpin said when they hit the Lakes Jam stage. "We'll play all our hits. It's going to be a celebration of our hits and you will hear about four or five of our new tunes coming out."
Albums from the group include "Hints Allegations and Things Left Unsaid," released in 1993; "Collective Soul" released in 1995 and one also known as "Rabbit" in 2009; "Disciplined Breakdown" in 1997; "Dosage" in 1999; "Blender" in 2000; "Youth" in 2004; "Home" in 2006; "Afterwords" in 2007; "See What You Started by Continuing" in 2015; "Live" in 2017; and "Blood" coming out soon.
"We have a new record coming out and we are really proud of it," Turpin said. "When we get together, we still have magical moments, we still perform powerful songs ... It's one of our best albums."
The bass guitarist said "Blood" is in reference to the brotherhood, to families, to a legacy and to the generations before and after the band members. It is a culmination of the past 25 years of Collective Soul's journey and reflects on where the group has been and where they're going.
"We've realized as we have gotten older what is important to us and it's our brotherhood, our legacy," Turpin said. "... So we have a lot of topics on what has happened to us over the years."
Going back a quarter of a century to the start of Collective Soul, the band members grew up in a small town near Atlanta. Turpin said he and the Roland brothers went to church together and their father was the minister and the youth choir director. Turpin's father owned a small recording studio and oftentimes the band members would gravitate to the recording studio.
"It was our hub and we were all friends before we started a band," Turpin said. "We were all attracted to the same type of music and we got started with Ed's skills. He is six years older than me."
Turpin said Ed Roland worked on a collection of songs he recorded on his own and as Collective Soul. Roland's goal was to have a whole collection of Collective Soul recordings and to watch the band grow and get better.
"We, as the artists-we had no fear," Roland stated in a biography. "The guys in the band have enough faith in my songwriting, and I have faith in them.
"For us, we want to play the hits as we always do, but I think we also want to share the new record with our fans. At 25 years later, we want to say, 'Hey, we're still making the best that we can do.' ... We're going at it hard, everyone! We're going hard."
Turpin said the big break came to the group with its hit "Shine." Turpin said a college radio station in Orlando, Fla., took a chance and played the song many times and their fan base began to grow.
"More people started coming to our shows," Turpin said. People began to know the band, Collective Soul.
Turpin said Collective Soul is different from other bands in that they worked more on their recordings/albums, while other bands did more tours. Some of their tracks include, "Breathe," "December," "The World I Know," "Precious Declaration" and "Heavy."
"We played a lot, but we were more like a studio band and worked on recording our hits," Turpin said. "We played ... in the Atlanta area, but not as much as the other bands. We felt our time was better spent in the studio creating."
When looking at the music industry over the past 25 years, Turpin said the biggest change came in distribution.
"We used to sell millions of CDs and now we aim for millions of streams," he said. "We also are a lot older. We have families and we have lives now. (In the earlier days) we were playing at every gig we could and now we're playing at bigger venues and doing bigger shows. ... We average about four to five shows a week. We do about nine shows and then have five days off. Summers are the busiest."