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Irish worship band Rend Collective prepares to release energetic fifth studio album, 'As Family We Go'

by jmaloni


Mon, Jul 13th 2015 12:20 pm

"As Family We Go" marks Rend Collective's first album with Capitol Christian Music Group

Rend Collective to re-join Grammy Award winner Chris Tomlin on "Love Ran Red Tour" this fall

Rend Collective is known for their dynamic live worship. Their upcoming Aug. 21 release, "As Family We Go," has captured that same energy and spirit.

Claiming neither folk nor indie rock status, this celebration band continues to reinvent the "soundtracks" to its ministry, pushing further into new instrumentation and sounds. The upcoming release will bring 11 tracks of worship music, while a deluxe version of the album will offer two brand new songs, two remixes and one ukulele track.

The album is now available for preorder at iTunes, along with the first single "You Will Never Run."

The band recently explained the meaning of the title "As Family We Go" in a post to fans.

"Part of the title comes from the fact that we always have considered ourselves less as a band, and more like a family. ... We pray as a family, work as a family, and do ministry as a family," the band wrote. 
"But more importantly, we belong to a larger family, and that family includes you. The children of God have always been a people on the move, driven by a mission and a purpose. We aren't part of a social club, but we're given a charge from the Father: to share His love with the world."

The group hopes to capture the heart behind "As Family We Go" by asking others to share their own personal family and community stories. People are able to post pictures, stories, prayer requests and encouragement online using the hashtag #AsFamilyWeGo and tagging Rend Collective. The band will check and share stories daily.

"As Family We Go" is Rend Collective's fifth studio record, but it's the group's first release with new label partners, Capitol Christian Music Group.

"We are excited about our relationship with Rend Collective and deeply committed to their mission," Capitol Christian Music Group President Peter York said. "We feel honored to have them in our label family of artists and believe there is much ahead for this band as they share their compelling songs from 'As Family We Go.' They are a hard-working creative team who are having tremendous impact around the world."

"As Family We Go" follows the 2014 release "The Art Of Celebration," which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Christian & Gospel Chart. Previous albums also saw success with singles such as "Build Your Kingdom Here" and "My Lighthouse" breaking into the top 25 on the National Christian Audience Chart.
Along with their album release, the fall will bring a busy touring schedule for Rend Collective, who will once again join Grammy winner Chris Tomlin on the second leg of his "Love Ran Red Tour."

Known for energetic and celebratory worship, the band joined Tomlin earlier this year for spring dates and will take part in his "Worship Night In America" events in New York City's Madison Square Garden, Denver's Red Rock Amphitheater and Sacramento's Sleep Train Arena this August.

A full touring schedule is nothing new for Rend Collective, whose energetic worship draws sold out crowds across the globe. The group led worship at 150 events last year alone, and with a strong international draw, made recent stops in Brazil, Hungary, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Canada. 2016 is already shaping up to be a busy year for Rend Collective as they gear up to hit the road for two headlining tours.

For additional tour information, visit: http://rendcollective.com/tour.

Hailing from a small town off the coast of Northern Ireland, Rend Collective (Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn, Ali Gilkeson, Patrick Thompson and Stephen Mitchell) wants to be known as a celebration band, worshiping for God's glory and fame. Since the release of their first album, "Organic Family Hymnal," the group's authentic and energetic style of worship has attracted an international audience, with career sales of more than 300,000 albums.

The group saw early success as its first single "Build Your Kingdom Here," peaked at No. 12 on the National Christian Audience Chart. The band's 2014 release, "The Art of Celebration," charted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart within the first week of its release.

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