Renowned for his passionate vocals, ED ROLAND is best known as the frontman and principal songwriter of platinum selling rock band Collective Soul. With seven #1 hits under his belt, Roland stays busy. The producer and two-time Georgia Music Hall of Fame inductee is also a father, an avid golfer, a guitar and art collector, and supports various charities in his community.
Born during the rise of grunge and alternative rock, Collective Soul broke into mainstream popularity when they rose to international fame in 1993 with the rock anthem “Shine.” The multi-platinum quintet has been making music for two decades since then and has a catalog of #1 hits including “December,” “The World I Know,” “Heavy” and “Run.” Collective Soul helped shape and define alternative rock with lots of guitars and attitude. The band released its tenth studio album BLOOD in 2019.
Roland is also an avid golfer and has been honored to play at some of the most beautiful courses in the world. Roland played golf for the first time 20 years ago when Collective Soul was on tour with Van Halen. Eddie Van Halen popped his head into the band’s tour bus and announced, “Tomorrow we are playing golf.” The game has become a passion for Roland ever since. Roland insists he plays for fun and to enjoy the company he is with. His current handicap is 15, while his lowest has been 9. He has played in various tournaments including the Zurich ProAm and the BMW ProAm in Greensboro, SC. Roland serves on the board of the Atlanta Chapter of the First Tee Program, an initiative that focuses on teaching life skills to kids and teens through the game of golf.
Roland supports various charities and focuses on organizations close to home in Atlanta. In 2013, Roland received the Youth Catalyst Award from Usher’s New Look Foundation. Each year, Roland does a charity event at Christmas to support local organizations. 2017 marked the first year of the Ed Roland’s Winter Wonder Bash concert supporting the TJ Martell Foundation.
GRIT AND GRACE is Christopher Alan Yates and Jess Williams. Born and raised in the south metro-Atlanta area, Christopher Alan Yates’ musical roots began at the feet of his father, Doyle “Red” Yates, a country guitarist and bluegrass bassist. Playing neighborhood parties, fish fries, and barbeques with his dad, Yates’ talent grew quickly. His easy, catchy rhythms borrow from and blend the eclectic genres he loves. Songs on albums Familiar Fire, Mint Condition and Red vary from country to pop to pure rock thus appealing to a wide audience. Jess and Christopher have been working together as Grit and Grace since mid-2018, when Christopher first heard Jess singing behind the bar of a local venue. Grit and Grace's music is sweeping, intimate and thoughtful, filled with high-level musicianship and beautiful vocal harmony.
Prior to forming Grit and Grace, Yates played with Ed Roland in The Sweet Tea Project. This group made its debut via a cover of "Shelter from the Storm" on the 2012 Bob Dylan tribute, Chimes of Freedom which debuted in the U.S at number 11 on the Billboard 200. The Sweet Tea Project released their debut album Devils 'N Darlins in September of 2013, followed by Alder Lane Farm in 2017.
FRANCISCO VIDAL hails from Atlanta and will light your rock and roll fire. He fuses virtuosic skill and poise on guitar, with strong, memorable vocals and tireless enthusiasm for live performance. His unique brand of feel-good rock will have you singing along with him at the top of your lungs. Francisco has played on more than a dozen Sixthman music cruises, like The Rock Boat, Simple Man Cruise and Mayercraft Carrier. He has performed alongside national acts such as Zac Brown Band, Marshall Tucker Band, Edwin McCain, John Mayer, Sister Hazel, and many other renowned artists. He has also headlined at festivals and major venues from Panama City, to Minneapolis, to Los Angeles. Francisco is on a heavy-hitting tour schedule, playing 350 shows a year across the country.