Ed Hale is a writer, singer-songwriter, musician, populist blogger, activist, and controversial YouTube star currently best known for his last two hit singles, "New Orleans Dreams" and "Scene In San Francisco", both of which landed in the Top 40 Charts in the Adult Contemporary radio format. Hale was formerly known as Eddie Darling throughout the early 1990's, and is the lead singer of the popular American Britpop and modern rock musical group Ed Hale and The Transcendence, formerly called Transcendence. He also performs, records and releases solo albums. He is currently signed to the Dying Van Gogh record label. Hale is often referred to as "The Ambassador" by fans and the press, a nickname given him by friend and video-gaming industry maven Michael Nichols[disambiguation needed] due to Hale's love of travel, exploring other cultures, and his penchant for singing and speaking in multiple languages. Along with his native English, Hale speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and Persian.