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REND COLLECTIVE'S NEW STUDIO ALBUM,
THE ART OF CELEBRATION, SET TO RELEASE MARCH 17

Modern Day Irish Psalmists Create "A Joyful Noise" for St. Patrick's Day

First Radio Single/Video, "My Lighthouse," Going For Adds Now

iTunes Offers "My Lighthouse" Download With Album Pre-Order Beginning Feb. 18

U.S. Tour With Kari Jobe Launches Feb. 27


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NEWS SOURCE: Hoganson Media
February 4, 2014

Dove Award-nominated Irish worshippers and modern day psalmists Rend Collective made a recent theological breakthrough as a band that is changing everything about their approach to music and life: seriousness is not a fruit of the spirit, but joy is. The appropriate response to the heightened understanding led to a sonically innovative message on its fourth and highly anticipated album, The Art of Celebration, releasing globally from Integrity Music March 17 (St. Patrick's Day).

"This record is an attempt to reflect something of the irrepressible laughter in the heart of God," says Rend Collective band leader Gareth Gilkeson. "It's a call to the cynical to once again choose celebration over condemnation and a reminder to the broken that 'the joy of the Lord is our strength.'

"It's no accident that the opening line of the whole record (from the appropriately titled song, 'Joy') is 'We're choosing celebration,'" continues Gareth. "Celebration, the practice of joy, is a choice. That doesn't mean it's always an easy choice to make. We know that we inevitably must navigate storms of sorrow and shadows, disappointment and doubt in this life."

The lead single and video from The Art of Celebration, "My Lighthouse," carries forward the choice to celebrate God's brightness in the midst of "troubled seas." The single is spreading joy, gathering airplay at Christian radio internationally while its companion video is set to premiere within the next week. The single is also being offered as an "instant grat track" download from iTunes beginning Feb. 18 with each pre-order of The Art of Celebration.

"We would far rather be defined by joy, fun, freedom and laughter than any genre title or pop-culture label," says Gareth. "The biggest clue as to what The Art of Celebration sounds like is in the title. We tried to make it sound like fun. It's what the Psalmist calls, 'a joyful noise.'"

"Our process was to just pick out the instruments that seemed like fun to us and let the genre definition work itself out," says Rend Collective member Chris Llewellyn. "We use an arsenal of the weird, wonderful, whimsical music toys, our native Irish folk instruments, some good old-fashioned rock' n' roll guitars, and even some synth-pop inspired elements. And it goes without saying that Gareth once again wields that awesome, homemade weapon of mass celebration we know only as 'the Jingling Johnny.'"

Anyone who has experienced the controlled chaos and infectious wildness of a Rend Collective concert will know that celebration and joy have always been at the core for these worship artists. Known for pushing artistic boundaries, daring the faithful to re-imagine worship and community, the band will continue its fresh, aesthetic call to worship with several "Campfire" concerts in February. This tour that sold out venues in cities across the world, was named after Rend Collective's highly acclaimed, No. 1 selling iTunes (U.S. Christian/Gospel) recording, Campfire, which features vocals recorded live outdoors around a campfire on Ballyholme Beach in Northern Ireland along with members of the collective's Facebook and Twitter community.

The "Campfire" tour will be followed by a major, 24-city tour in the U.S. with Kari Jobe. During this tour that begins Feb. 27 and runs through April 13, Rend will play new music from The Art of Celebration and raucous favorites from its 5-Star acclaimed albums, Organic Family Hymnal and Homemade Worship by Handmade People, including its hit radio single, "Build Your Kingdom Here" that has been viewed more than 1,749,000 times at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbdJXKqVgtg.

Following the tour with Jobe, Rend will bring its "The Art of Celebration" tour home to Ireland in May along with a tour of the United Kingdom while hitting cities like Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow and Manchester before returning to the U.S. in June. The band is also making plans now to headline a nationwide, 40-city U.S. tour this fall, slated to run Sept. 10 through Nov. 2. Special guests, cities and more will be announced later this year. (See below for current tour cities, and for all the latest tour updates, go to http://rendcollective.com/tour/.)

The raw, rootsy, foot-stomping energy of the Irish worshippers, which has been infectious among audiences across the globe, has always been about people and building God's Kingdom here. Beginning as a group of friends collectively wondering how to make sense of the conundrum of life, God and community, Rend Collective is a nod to the places in Scripture where it says to "rend your hearts" and not your garments, a bold call to be genuine.

More information on Rend Collective can be found at www.rendcollective.com, https://twitter.com/rendcollective and www.facebook.com/rendcollective.

Upcoming Rend Collective tour dates follow:

 

5-Feb

Campfire Tour

Due West, SC

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6-Feb

Campfire Tour

Williamson, GA

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8-Feb

Campfire Tour

Siloam Springs, AR

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9-Feb

Campfire Tour

Owasso, OK

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11-Feb

Campfire Tour

Joplin, MO

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12-Feb

Campfire Tour

Gridley, IL

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13-Feb

Campfire Tour

Des Moines, IA

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14-Feb

Campfire Tour

Des Moines, IA

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16-Feb

Campfire Tour

St Paul, MN

 

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27-Feb

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Minneapolis, MN

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28-Feb

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Chicago, IL

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1-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Saginaw, MI

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2-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Toronto, Canada

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4-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Woodbridge, VA

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6-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Boston, MA

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7-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

New York, NY

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8-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Reading, PA

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9-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Cleveland, OH

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11-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Memphis, TN

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13-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Birmingham, AL

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14-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Atlanta, GA

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15-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Orlando, FL

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16-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Miami, FL

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22-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Columbia, SC

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23-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Durham, NC

 

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25-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Nashville, TN

 

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27-Mar

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Lexington, KY

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28-Mar

Ocean City Convention Center

Ocean City, MD

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1-Apr

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Charlotte, NC

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3-Apr

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Tampa, FL

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4-Apr

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Jacksonville, FL

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5-Apr

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Jackson, MS

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6-Apr

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Louisville, KY

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8-Apr

Majestic Tour - Kari Jobe

Mobile, AL

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14-May

The Art of Celebration Tour

Dublin, Ireland

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15-May

The Art of Celebration Tour

Belfast, United Kingdom

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16-May

The Art of Celebration Tour

Belfast, United Kingdom

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17-May

The Art of Celebration Tour

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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18-May

The Art of Celebration Tour

Manchester, United Kingdom

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24-May

Big Church Day Out

Steyning, United Kingdom

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22-Jun

Tim's Toyota Center

Prescott Valley, AZ

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1-Aug

Motion Student Conference

Birmingham, AL

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3-Aug

Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove

Asheville, NC

 

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4-Aug

Kingdom Bound

Darien Center, NY

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7-Aug

Heritage Landing-Unity Fest

Muskegon, MI

 

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8-Aug

St. Joan of Arc Church

Lisle, IL

 

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9-Aug

Praise Park

Fort Wayne, IN

 

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13-Sep

Parkview Baptist Church

Morehead City, NC

 

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14-Sep

The Merge

Barnwell, SC

 

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About Integrity Music:
Integrity Music is part of the David C Cook family, a nonprofit global resource provider serving the Church with life-transforming materials. Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Integrity is committed to taking songs of substance to the local church and its leaders around the world. Additional information can be found at www.integritymusic.com.

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