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The Congregation / Bio

Classic soul meets rock and 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 garage rock rhythms 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.

While the release of Right Now Everything marks the band’s full-length album debut, The Congregation has been steadily gaining steam since the release of its seven-song EP, Not for Sleepin’, in late 2010. The band was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of “11 Bands to Watch in 2011”, and was recently featured in Paste Magazine as one of “10 Illinois Bands You Should Listen to Now”. The Congregation’s stop-and-take-notice sound earned the group the opportunity to share a triple stadium-bill with Grammy-winning band Wilco and critically acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird as well as another all-star ballpark lineup with the Flaming Lips and Garbage in the summer of 2012.

General Info

Band Members
Gina Bloom, Charlie Wayne, Chuck Sansone, Dan Wendt, Justin Amolsch, Erik Eiseman, Nick Nottoli, Steve Schuster
Artist Name
The Congregation
Home Page
Active Since
R&B/Soul / Garage / Blues

Contact Info

Chicago, IL
Gina Bloom

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