Will Turpin | The Lighthouse

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The Lighthouse

by Will Turpin

Piano-driven and Pop-infused solo effort from Collective Soul's multi-talented bass player.
Genre: Rock: Adult Contemporary
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1. 60 Seconds
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3:33 album only
2. Sailor
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4:09 album only
3. My Star
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4:37 album only
4. Her Name
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4:37 album only
5. Sanity
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4:49 album only


Album Notes
This 5-song EP is the first solo release from Collective Soul bassist Will Turpin. The disc features Turpin on vocals and multiple instruments, and showcases his immense pop-rock songwriting talent.


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Marshall Terrill

Turpin "Shines" on first solo effort
"The Lighthouse" is Will Turpin's first solo effort outside of Collective Soul features collaborations with former drummer Ryan Hoyle as well as current band mates Ed Roland (who co-wrote two of the songs), guitarist Joel Kosche, and musician Peter Stroud (electric and 12-string guitar).

Turpin sings as well as plays piano, bass, acoustic guitar and drums. He describes his sound as "mega sweet rock 'n roll candy" and offers listeners a handful of tasty treats as well as some food for thought.

"60 Seconds" - This rollicking and upbeat opener showcases Turpin's piano and bass skills while summoning the spirit of Paul McCartney and Wings. Turpin says the song is about a foolish but life-changing act that takes no more than "60 Seconds." "It's hard to wear a heavy crown. You've gotta keep your head from falling down. But if I were the King of Attributes, then what would I be to you?" cleverly hints that Turpin learned a trick or two over the years from Roland, who is an ace songwriter.

"Sailor" - Co-written with Roland, "Sailor" is a moody and introspective piece about friendships with people who need help but won't accept sound advice. When Turpin sings, "I can't save the sailor from the storm," he admits the line is in reference to Shane Evans, Collective Soul's original drummer, who was ousted from the group in 2004.

"My Star" - Turpin sings his heart out for the entire 4:35, making this The Lighthouse's most emotionally charged track. It's dedicated to his wife Donna, who has been Turpin's better half for 17 years and is "his star." Turpin also says the song is about him when referring to "the guy who couldn't be stopped, who shoulda been shot."

"Her Name" - Written about a woman who is the constant center of attention and "everyone knows her name." Kosche's classical guitar lends a Spanish aesthetic to the tune and complements Turpin's falsetto. The second of two songs co-written with Roland.

"Sanity" - Epic and ambitious, Turpin's rails about the pitfalls of substance abuse and appeals to lost souls not to give up hope but rather find a solution. "I had a lot to lose, so I had to find another way. I found it easy to choose when I saw there was another way." The song aptly closes out The Lighthouse and promises greater things to come from Turpin.