Edward Joel Kowalczyk (born July 16, 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who's mostly known as the lead singer of the band Live. After his toxic split from the band in 2009, he focused on a solo career of mostly Christian music. This page is for his career as a solo artist. Keep in mind that he performs any and all of his old songs from when he was with Live, so song-tropes from that era still apply to him. He rejoined Live in December 2016.
Tropes associated with Ed Kowalczyk:
- Arc Words: River, water, sun, desert.
- Bald of Awesome: He's been shaving his head on and off for over 20 years, and it's become his trademark. He looks almost unrecognizable when he grows it out.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Yes, sir.
- Christian Rock: Much of Ed's newer material is explicitly Christian. That doesn't mean he shies away from performing his older songs that are known to contain a few...
- Cluster F-Bomb:
Some motherf***ing change!!!
- "Shit Towne" repeats "Gotta live, gotta live in shit towne" twice in each chorus.
- "Waitress", while not vitriolic, has enough cursing that it's a wonder it didn't earn Throwing Copper a Parental Advisory sticker.
- Concept Video: The videos for "Seven", "Angels on a Razor" and "The One" together tell the story of a man who's executed by hanging, and has problems crossing over to the Afterlife. He possibly doesn't realize he's dead.
- Double Entendre: The first verse of "The Dolphin's Cry".The way you're bathed in light reminds me of that night
God led me down into your rose garden of trust
- Fanservice with a Smile: ZigZagged in "Waitress":Come on baby, leave some change behind
She was a bitch, but I don't care
She brought our food out on time
Wore a funky barrette in her hair
- Important Haircut: He shaved his head down to a single braid in between the videos for "Selling the Drama" and "I Alone".
- Name's the Same: His song "Grace" is not a Jeff Buckley cover. Not to be confused with a Live song called "Graze".
- Real Men Love Jesus: Ed's pretty serious about his Christian faith. Incidentally, he's also got one of the pottiest mouths in Christian rock.
- Precision F-Strike: "Stage", "Freaks", "Voodoo Lady", and "People Like You" all drop one or two pointed F-bombs, although in all but "Voodoo Lady", they're rather gratuitous and out-of-the-blue.
- Reincarnation: "Lightning Crashes" strongly implies that the 'old mother' who has just died has been reincarnated as the baby just born 'down the hall'.
- Slasher Smile: He does it in several videos, and he's got fangs in his lower jaw.
- Sophisticated as Hell
- Walking Shirtless Scene: In his younger years, he was very fond of either wearing open shirts or no shirt at all. He was on the scrawny side up until about 2003, when he suddenly had pecs and started shaving his chest.