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Joel Kosche

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Born September 20, 1969 (1969-09-20) (age 40)
Occupations Guitarist
Associated acts Collective Soul

Joel Kosche (born September 20, 1969) is the current lead guitarist for Collective Soul. He also is working on a solo, full length album.

Starting as tour tech back in 1996, Joel Kosche made a welcome transition when Collective Soul offered him the role of lead guitarist. Kosche stepped into the spotlight with bandmates Ed Roland (vocals), Dean Roland (guitar), Will Turpin (bass) and Shane Evans (drums) in the multi-platinum rock group.

Kosche, in a rare departure from Collective Soul's formula, wrote and sang "I Don't Need Anymore Friends" on the band's 2007 effort Afterwords. The only other song in Collective Soul's repertoire that was not written and sung by Ed Roland was "Dandy Life" on Dosage, which was original guitarist Ross Childress' sole lead vocal.

Prior to Collective Soul

Joel Kosche in Jovian Storm (1994).

Joel was trained in classical guitar at a young age. Later he co-founded the band Rhapsody based in Atlanta, GA. In 1994 along with other members of Rhapsody, he created the progressive rock band Jovian Storm which achieved local success with the CD "Magic Show" (now out of print). During this time, Joel showed his prog rock influences by authoring and co-authoring several epic pieces in the tradition of his favorite bands such as Queen, Kansas and Yes.

Several years later with the dissolution of Jovian Storm, Joel fronted the band Steep in which he sang lead vocals and embraced a leaner "American rock" style. Steep members also included Bryan Smith (a.k.a. Smitty), on guitar. The Steep years overlapped with Joel assuming the role of lead guitarist for Collective Soul, and in 2006 Joel announced that he would be leaving Steep to focus on Collective Soul exclusively.

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