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updated 09/07/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/07/1998 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>Edwin McCain

After only so-so success with his debut album, 28-year-old singer-songwriter Edwin McCain had hoped his follow-up, Misguided Roses, would do better. Instead his CD again seemed headed for the Dumpster—until its single "I'll Be" was featured on the season finale of Dawson's Creek last May. Now "I'll Be" is one of radio's most-played singles and, says McCain, producers of the teen drama are considering another of his songs, "Go Be Young," as a possible Dawson's Creek theme when the show returns in October.

Were you frustrated over the initial lukewarm response to Misguided Roses?

The strange thing for me is to have things going well. With our first record, sales never got better than the first week it came out, so when this record wasn't doing that well, it wasn't unfamiliar ground.

What do you hope to accomplish with your career?

It's not so much chart position as it is this prayer for longevity in the business. It is sometimes such a short-lived thing.

How are you dealing with success?

It never really seems real. I keep waiting for these guys in suits to show up and go, "Sorry, this isn't your life."

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