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Edwin McCain stars in Animal Planet's reality docu-series "Flipping Ships."

The voice behind Dr. Phil's Best Wedding Song Ever and the "American Idol" staple "I'll Be," the tunesmith who wrote the father-daughter tearjerker "Walk With You," the road warrior who spends more time performing concerts than performing chores. And now the guy who guts, renovates and transforms boats for the new television show "Flipping Ships." How did the hit-making singer/songwriter Edwin McCain get from the chart tops to the boat shops? As it turns out, with surprising ease.

While toiling away at his "day job" of writing hit songs and touring the world, McCain's razor sharp wit and really darn funny sense of humor began to surface in a series of VH1 specials. Shows like "Greatest Week Ever," "I Love the '80s," then the '90s and then the 2000s came calling, asking for his cheeky commentary on pop culture. Entertainment Weekly took notice, pointing out his "amazing" contributions and the rest of the world discovered what his concert-goers already knew — McCain knew how to entertain a crowd in more ways than one.

And then there came a new passion after Edwin stumbled upon an old boat in the corner of a warehouse and decided to rebuild it. The hobby turned into a calling, and not much long after Edwin launched Boats Have Souls, a restoration shop dedicated to bringing life back to vessels and customizing them to perfectly fit their new owners. "We started the business to put good boats into good families' hands by restoring them in ways that might otherwise be financially out of reach," Edwin explains.

So when he suggested the idea for a new show to Animal Planet, all the pieces fell into place. His fans would tune in, eager to hear his comedic riffs and maybe a tale or two about his songs and concerts. New folks would be drawn to his affable everyman sense of humor. Boaters would be fascinated by the blood, sweat and the occasional tear that he pours into his renovations. Rehabbed boats would find new life and new owners, including a few non-profit organizations in his home state of South Carolina. And Edwin would get to do all of this with his friends, a quirky band of gear heads from his Boats Have Souls operation to perform their acts of nautical salvation. Sometimes, an old touring buddy with a familiar face drops by to help out. But, the job isn't always as easy as it sounds, especially with some of the outrageous ideas they have and quick turnarounds to get jobs complete. And like his songs, Edwin's boats all have a story to tell — about the people who built them, from Edwin's team who defies all odds to reconstruct them, to the families who take them home.

"I've been working on and developing this concept for several years, but I never imagined it would get this kind of attention," says Edwin, "so I'm thrilled that Animal Planet shares our vision." "It's crazy, too," he adds. "I'm blessed to have an amazing team along with the help and support of boating enthusiasts statewide here in South Carolina."

Once McCain sweeps up the last of the sawdust and sends his final boat off to sea when the "Flipping Ships" season ends, he'll pick up his guitar once again and return to the road, but always on the lookout for another boat to bring home.


How old is Edwin McCain? Find out here.

Age: 46 years old
Birthday: January 20, 1970
Birthplace: Greenville, SC

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