York, PA - Ed Kowalczyk's replacement in the band Live is male.
He inhabits the rock genre.
He'll be the band's youngest member.
"If you're a music fan you . . . should know him," said Bill Hynes of Think Loud Development, the company he runs with the three other Live members - Patrick Dahlheimer, Chad Gracey and Chad Taylor. "The new vocalist of Live is vocally on par . . . with Ed Kowalczyk."
The band will introduce its new frontman to about 1,000 friends, family and local fans Monday at a private, invitation-only event at York's Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. Live had formed in York more than two decades ago.
It will be the first time Dahlheimer, Gracey and Taylor take the stage as Live since the group announced a hiatus in 2009. Since then, Kowalczyk left to pursue a solo career. The three other members formed a side project called The Gracious Few with Candlebox members Kevin Martin and Sean Hennesy.
Hynes said Taylor, Gracey and Dahlheimer own and control the Live name. He added that the three members reached out to Kowalczyk as they searched for a new lead singer but didn't hear back from him.
Emails sent to Kowalczyk's press contacts were not returned by late Tuesday.
Music isn't the only item on the band's agenda. In January, Think Loud said it plans to renovate an old building on East York Street in York to create the company's headquarters, a music studio, apartments and space for a tech company.
Hynes said people from the tech company were invited to Monday's event, but that the identity of the company won't be released yet.
The evening will include a cocktail hour and performances by Candlebox and a rehearsal-type set from the new incarnation of Live. Area artists Dana Alexandra and Taylor's brother Adam and his band The Rain Dogs will also take the stage.
"The guys just wanted to give back to their friends and family and business associates," Hynes said. "They are spending money out of their own pockets."
It will also be a chance for The Gracious Few members to log some practice before their gig later this month at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
In between writing new material, planning more shows and working on Think Loud, Live members have connected with the local community. On March 1, they tipped York Mayor Kim Bracey as she tended bar at the White Rose Bar and Grill during York Restaurant Week. Proceeds from the event will be used to support the city's special events.
But only those with invitations will get to meet the group's new vocalist Monday.
"They couldn't have picked a better person," Hynes said. "They're working very hard, and I think they're going to blow people away."
Think Loud Development: www.facebook.com/thinkloudPA
The Gracious Few: www.thegraciousfew.com
Live's York connections
Chad Taylor, Patrick Dahlheimer and Chad Gracey, along with Ed Kowalczyk, grew up in York and formed Live here in the mid-1980s. They soared to fame in the 1990s, with a string of platinum albums and world tours.
Dahlheimer, Gracey and Taylor helped form Think Loud Development a decade ago. They've also created a record label, started a software development company and partnered with a production company.
In August 2009, Live announced a hiatus. Later, band members indicated the hiatus could be permanent. Kowalczyk started a solo career. Taylor, Gracey and Dahlheimer started the band The Gracious Few with Candlebox members Kevin Martin and Sean Hennesy.
During a May 2010 interview with The Gracious Few, the band said they rehearsed in a York studio they dubbed "Spot." The band released a self-titled debut that year on its label Questionable Entertainment.
In January, Taylor, Dahlheimer, Gracey and Bill Hynes, operating as Think Loud, announced plans to move into a 47,000-square-foot structure on East York Street in York, formerly occupied by printing company Bi-Comp. The building, purchased for $164,000, will undergo a $10 million renovation.
According to the Reading Eagle, the three members of Live and Hynes, operating as Lancaster-based Think Loud, also purchased a 110-year-old building in Reading.
Both projects will be contracted by York Township-based Kinsley Construction.