Rend Collective

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Rend Collective
Origin Bangor, Northern Ireland[1]
Genres Christian experimental, folk rock, worship[2]
Years active 2007 (2007)–present[2]
Labels Kingsway, Integrity,[2] Capitol CMG
Associated acts Urban Rescue
Website rendcollective.com
Members
  • Gareth Gilkeson
  • Chris Llewellyn
  • Ali Gilkeson
  • Patrick Thompson
  • Stephen Mitchell
Past members
  • Bridget Herron
  • Will Herron
  • Larry Lease

Rend Collective (formerly known as Rend Collective Experiment) is a Northern Irish Christian experimental, folk rock, worship band originating from Bangor, Northern Ireland.[1][2][3] The current lineup consists of Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn, Ali Gilkeson, Patrick Thompson and Steve Mitchell.[2] Their first studio album Organic Family Hymnal was released on 28 September 2010.[4] Their second studio album Homemade Worship by Handmade People was released on 10 January 2012.[5] Both records were released by Kingsway.[2] Their first live album Campfire was released on 29 January 2013[6] with Integrity. Their fourth album, The Art of Celebration, was released on 17 March 2014. Their fifth album, Campfire Christmas, Vol. 1 was released in November 2014, and the sixth, As Family We Go, on 21 August 2015. Their second live album, Campfire II: Simplicity, was released at the beginning of October 2016. In 2017 they released the Build Your Kingdom Here (A Rend Collective Mix Tape) compilation followed by Good News in early 2018.

Background[edit]

The band was established under the name of Rend Collective Experiment between 2002-2003 at Bangor Elim Church, during a point which drummer Gareth Gilkeson described as "a bunch of us trying to figure out life."[3][7] While the group comprises over 15 members, the band tours and records with 6 members.[3][7] The remaining members are there for support and to encourage the band "spiritually, musically, and missionally."[3][7] They explained noticing a sense of hostility from the modern culture towards the church and Christians therefore sought to create music that would draw such individuals spiritually and encourage them to come back to church.[3][7]

Rend Collective was on the And If Our God Is for Us... Tour with Chris Tomlin and Christy Nockels in the Spring of 2011.[1] They toured with Kari Jobe on the Majestic Tour.[8]

More recently, Rend Collective has toured with the RESET Movement, as part of their musical ministry involving Lacey Sturm (formerly of Flyleaf); spoken-word artist Propaganda; worship leader Dave Lubben; DJ Efechto; International House of Prayer worship artist Matt Gilman; and singer/songwriter Morgan Harper Nichols.[9]

Music[edit]

Campfire includes live, outdoor recordings of songs previously released on Organic Family Hymnal and Homemade Worship by Handmade People. The audience for the recording were crowd-sourced using Facebook and Twitter.[6] Their third studio album, The Art of Celebration, was released on 17 March 2014.[10] Their fourth studio album, Campfire Christmas (Vol. 1), released 19 November 2014.[11] Their fifth studio album, As Family We Go, was released on 21 August 2015. Their second live album, Campfire II: Simplicity, was released at the beginning of October 2016.[citation needed]

Rend Family Records[edit]

Their first signee to the label is Urban Rescue, from Los Angeles, California.

Members[edit]

Current

  • Gareth Gilkeson – drums, percussion, band leader (2007–present)
  • Chris Llewellyn – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, ukulele (2007–present)
  • Ali Gilkeson – keyboards, female lead/backing vocals, auxiliary percussion (2007–present)
  • Patrick Thompson – electric guitar, banjo, various strings, backing vocals (2007–present), bass guitar (2007–2013)
  • Steve Mitchell – bass guitar (2013–present)

Former

  • Will Herron – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, multi-instrumentalist
  • Bridget Herron – female lead and backing vocals
  • Bobby Russell – bass guitar, piano (2012–2013)
  • Larry Lease – backup vocals (2015–2016)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions Sales
US
[12]
US
Christ

[13]
US
Heat

[14]
AUS
[15]
CAN
[16]
UK
[17]
2010 Organic Family Hymnal
  • Released: 28 September 2010
  • Label: Kingsway
  • Format: CD, digital download
47
2012 Homemade Worship by Handmade People
  • Released: 10 January 2012
  • Label: Kingsway
  • Format: CD, digital download
23 14
2013 Campfire
  • Released: 29 January 2013
  • Label: Integrity
  • Format: CD, digital download
97 7
2014 The Art of Celebration
  • Released: 17 March 2014
  • Label: Integrity
  • Format: CD, digital download
13[18] 1[19] 28
2014 Campfire Christmas, Vol. 1
  • Released: 17 November 2014
  • Label: Rend Collective
  • Format: CD, digital download
61 4
2015 As Family We Go
  • Released: 21 August 2015
  • Label: Sparrow
  • Format: CD, digital download
33 1 21 19
2016 Campfire II: Simplicity
  • Released: 7 October 2016
  • Label: Rend Collective
  • Format: CD, digital download
99 3
2018 Good News
  • Released: 19 January 2018[21]
  • Label: Sparrow
  • Format: CD, digital download
70 1 97 51 85
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Mixtapes[edit]

Album details Track listing
Build Your Kingdom Here (A Rend Collective Mix Tape)
  • Release date: 19 May 2017
  • Label: Integrity
  • Format: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US
Christ

[22]
US
Christ Air.

[23]
US
Christ AC

[24]
2012 "Second Chance" 24 Homemade Worship by Handmade People
2013 "Build Your Kingdom Here" 12 19
2014 "My Lighthouse" 17 22 24 The Art of Celebration
2015 "You Will Never Run" 19 18 21 As Family We Go
2016 "Joy of the Lord" 25 21 20
"Every Giant Will Fall" 40
2017 "Rescuer (Good News)" 15 9 20 Good News
2018 "Counting Every Blessing" 10 4 8

Awards and nominations[edit]

In 2018, Good News was nominated for a Dove Award for Worship Album of the Year.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c CMSpin (31 March 2011). "Rend Collective Experiment Tour With Chris Tomlin". New Release Tuesday. Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Jesus Freak Hideout. "Rend Collective Experiment artist profile". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e Cummings, Tony (26 February 2010). "Rend Collective Experiment: Bringing a fresh approach to worship music". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  4. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout (28 September 2010). "Organic Family Hymnal album". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  5. ^ Jesus Freak Hideout (10 January 2012). "Homemade Worship By Handmade People album". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Campfire by Rend Collective Experiment | CD Reviews And Information". NewReleaseTuesday.com. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  7. ^ a b c d Hoernschemeyer, Emily (1 October 2010). "Unrestricted: Finding Community in Organic Worship". CCM Magazine. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2012.
  8. ^ "Kari Jobe Reveals Majestic Tour!".
  9. ^ RESET Movement description, incl. Rend Collective from Turning Point News Today, accessed 20 May 2014
  10. ^ "Album Release Dates, CD New Releases". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved 16 January 2014.
  11. ^ "Campfire Christmas (Vol. 1)". iTunes. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Rend Collective Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  13. ^ "Rend Collective Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  14. ^ "Rend Collective Experiment". Billboard.
  15. ^ "ARIA Chart Watch #457". auspOp. 27 January 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Rend Collective Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Rend Collective". Official Charts Company.
  18. ^ "Billboard 200: April 5, 2014". Billboard. Archived from the original on 11 December 2016.
  19. ^ "Christian Albums: April 5, 2014". Billboard.
  20. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on 19 August 2015.
  21. ^ "Good News by Rend Collective on Apple Music". iTunes Store (US). Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Billboard > Chart History > Rend Collective > Hot Christian Songs". www.billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  23. ^ "Rend Collective– Chart history (Christian Airplay)". Billboard. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  24. ^ "Rend Collective– Chart history (Hot Christian AC Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  25. ^ "2018 Nominees - The 49th Annual GMA Dove Awards". doveawards.com. Retrieved 8 September 2018.

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