EDWIN MCCAIN FACTS:
Genre: Alt Rock, Rock
Hometown: Greenville, South Carolina
Albums: Nomadic Logic (1991); Solitude (1993); Honor Among Thieves (1995); Misguided Roses (1997); Messenger (1999); Far from Over (2001); The Austin Sessions (2003); Scream & Whisper (2004); Lost in America (2006); Nobody's Fault But Mine (2008)
Hits: "I'll Be"
Other: Usually records/plays with the Edwin McCain Band.
Edwin McCain burst on the scene in the late 1990s with his simple, heartwarming lyrics, and over the last 10 years he has maintained a loyal following of fans. Although he has never achieved similar success of his first single, McCain will always be the owner of one of the most cherished love songs in recent memory.
McCain's first foray into the music industry came in 1995 when he released his major label debut album, Honor Among Thieves. Though it went largely unnoticed in many circles, it spawned one moderately popular single, "Solitude," which managed to break into the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at 72. Despite the lukewarm reception, his next album proved to be his big break.
In 1998, McCain released his sophomore album, Misguided Roses. While it received similar reviews as his first record, it included the now-iconic track "I'll Be," which reached number five on the charts and has become a mainstay in weddings, chick flicks and school dances due to its unabashed romanticism. It remains his biggest hit to date.
Although many of the songs are credited to McCain, he has been performing with a loyal band since he began his career, which is commonly referred to simply as the Edwin McCain Band. Among the members are Pete Riley, who doubles as the lead singer for the band Treehouse. Larry Chaney, Craig Shields, Jason Pomar and Tez Sherrard round out the group.
Much like his second album, his third, 1999's Messenger, was able to produce one hit that gained a significant amount of airplay. The tune "I Could Not Ask For More" broke into the top 40 on most charts, and while it was unable to attain the immense popularity of "I'll Be," it found new life in 2001 when it was covered by country singer Sara Evans.
After his fourth album, 2001's Far From Over, McCain took a break from releasing records. Over the next several years, he released work intermittently, including 2006's Lost In America, and 2008's Nobody's Fault But Mine, which was a collection of R&B cover songs.
Many music fans may have thought that McCain was lost in the annals of '90s pop history, but he and his band have been performing around the country for much of the last decade, and he recently released an album of greatest hits that features the new single "Walk With You."