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With their optimistic, spiritual outlook and song-oriented mix of pop, R&B, and folk -- dubbed "rural soul" by the band -- Blessid Union of Souls quickly became one of the most popular bands in the post-Hootie & the Blowfish adult alternative radio format in the mid-'90s. Their 1995 debut album, Home, was a huge success, producing a Top Ten hit in the single "I Believe." Blessid Union of Souls were founded in Cincinnati by vocalist/songwriter Eliot Sloan and guitarist/songwriter Jeff Pence in 1990; keyboardist C.P. Roth, who had played in Ozzy Osbourne's touring band, and drummer Eddie Hedges, who toured with several R&B acts, soon completed the band's early lineup. Sloan and Hedges had played together in the mid-'80s in an R&B band called the Movies, and briefly signed with CBS. Taking their name from a line in an episode of M*A*S*H (and misspelling the first word to ensure correct pronunciation), Blessid Union of Souls recorded a demo tape in 1992 that found its way to EMI Records, which immediately offered the group a contract. Their debut album, Home, took over two years to craft properly, and was finally released in March of 1995; it was an immediate success, thanks to Cincinnati DJs who had already begun playing the then-unreleased lead single, "I Believe," and spread the word about the band. "I Believe" eventually reached number eight on the Billboard singles chart and became one of the most played songs of the year; like many of Sloan's songs, the lyrics reflected subtly Christian sentiments, but never became overbearing or preachy. The follow-up, "Let Me Be the One," also reached the Top 40 and was featured prominently in the soap opera All My Children. After EMI went under, Blessid Union of Souls switched over to Capitol, also adding full-time bassist Tony Clark in 1996. Their self-titled follow-up was released in 1997, featuring the lead single "I Wanna Be There"; while there were well-crafted collaborations with professional songwriters like 1996 Grammy winner Tommy Sims, the album was not quite as commercially successful as its predecessor. Walking Off the Buzz was released in the spring of 1999. A collection entitled Singles followed in early 2001. Even though the band took the next four years away from the recording studio, Blessid Union of Souls did continued to play live. C.P. Roth and Eddie Hedges left in 2002 and were soon replaced with longtime friends of the band, Bryan Billhimer and Shaun Schaefer. The new lineup released Perception on the Ultrax label in 2005. In September 2008 the band released a new studio effort, Close to the Edge; the album’s 12 tracks included eight that had previously appeared on Perception. ~ Steve Huey
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Albums by
Blessid Union of Souls

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    14 songs

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    Live at Never on Sunday

    11 songs

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    The Mission Field

    12 songs

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    Close to the Edge

    16 songs

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    Perception

    16 songs

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    Perception

    15 songs

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    The Singles

    12 songs

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    Walking Off the Buzz

    11 songs

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    Blessid Union of Souls

    12 songs

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    Home

    1 song

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    Let Me Be the One

    1 song

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    Could've Been With You

    29 songs

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    Live at Never on Sunday


Top Songs by
Blessid Union of Souls

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Hey Leonardo (She Likes Me for Me)
  3.   I Believe
  4.   I Wanna Be There
  5.   Stone Glass Window
  6.   Let's Get Out of Here
  7.   Rev It Up
  8.   Let Me Be the One
  9.   Light in Your Eyes
  10.   Way Over Yonder
  11.   Miracles
  12.   Redemption
  13.   A Thousand and One
  14.   Brother My Brother
  15.   All Along
  16.   Jelly
  17.   How Does It Feel Coming Down
  18.   Oh Virginia
  19.   The Only Song
  20.   Hold On
  21.   Come Undone
  22.   I'll Be There
  23.   Better Side of Me
  24.   Storybook Life
  25.   ...And Then She Hit Me
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