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
  • Gareth Gilkeson
  • Chris Llewellyn
  • Ali Gilkeson
  • Patrick Thompson
  • Stephen Mitchell
Past members
  • Bridget Herron
  • Will Herron

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 14 March 2014. Their fifth 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.


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]


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.


  • Gareth Gilkeson — drums, percussion, bandleader (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)
  • Larry Lease - backup vocals (2015–present)[12]
  • Will Herron — lead vocals, acoustic guitar, multi-instrumentalist
  • Bridget Herron — female lead/backing vocals


Year Album Peak chart positions Sales


2010 Organic Family Hymnal
  • Released: 28 September 2010
  • Label: Kingsway
  • Format: CD, Digital download
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: November 17, 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
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Title Chart peaks Album
US Christian Songs
2012 "Second Chance" 24[21] Homemade Worship by Handmade People
2013 "Build Your Kingdom Here" 27[22]
2014 "My Lighthouse" 17[22] The Art of Celebration
2015 "You Will Never Run" 19[22] As Family We Go
2016 "Joy of the Lord" 25[22]


  1. ^ a b c CMSpin (31 March 2011). "Rend Collective Experiment Tour With Chris Tomlin". New Release Tuesday. 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". Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d Hoernschemeyer, Emily (1 October 2010). "Unrestricted: Finding Community in Organic Worship". CCM Magazine. 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". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Campfire Christmas (Vol. 1)". iTunes. Retrieved 19 November 2014. 
  12. ^ personal interview
  13. ^ "Rend Collective Experiment". Billboard. 
  14. ^ "Rend Collective Experiment - Chart history". Billboard. 
  15. ^ "Rend Collective Experiment". Billboard. 
  16. ^ "Rend Collective Experiment". Billboard. 
  17. ^ "Rend Collective". Official Charts Company. 
  18. ^ "Billboard 200: April 5, 2014". Billboard. 
  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. ^ Billboard (21 April 2012). "Second Chance - Rend Collective Experiment". Billboard. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  22. ^ a b c d "Rend Collective Experiment - Chart history | Billboard". Retrieved 2016-09-27. 

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