Classic soul meets rock & roll in this dynamic eight-piece collective from Chicago. The Congregation features Gina Bloom, a singer whose raw and powerful vocals are underscored by Charlie Wayne’s dynamic guitar riffs, the band’s rock and soul rhythm section and the lively call and response of a three-piece horn section. When it comes to the songwriting, you won’t find any sugarcoated love songs here–you’ll get a little bit of longing and a whole lot of wronging.
"Record Collection", the Congregation's upcoming album release, is a love letter to the classic rock and R&B records that have shaped the band's sound since they arrived on the scene as one of Chicago Tribune's “11 Bands to Watch in 2011”. The record is an eagerly awaited follow-up to their debut album "Right Now Everything" which was featured in the Chicago Sun-Times as one of the ten best local releases of 2012 and hailed as an "instant classic" by The Deli Magazine. While the Congregation's band members feel most at home on the small stages of Chicago, the band's stop-and-take-notice sound and electrifying live sets have earned them the opportunity to perform on stadium bills with acts like Wilco and the Flaming Lips and on the small screen with appearances on ABC7's "Windy City Live", WGN's "Music Lounge", Science Channel's "Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman" and BBC's "Horizon".