THE MANY are indie folk/gospel, liturgically grounded, new kind of worship band, an intentionally diverse collective, creating music for people who want to do justice, love mercy, walk humbly, and follow the God who so loves the world. The Many’s music is crafted for people to sing together—in congregations, small groups, conferences, and wherever people gather to pray, imagine, hope for, and work toward a new day.
The Many are the house band of the Plural Guild, a gathering of writers, musicians, and artists, led by Gary and Lenora Rand, and dedicated to creating new music, poems, prayer, visual art, and liturgy that helps us open up to the questions and sorrow and sacredness of our lives and the world, and to enter together into hopeful acts of healing resistance and reconciliation.
Darren Calhoun, Kerry Anne Pritchard, Leslie Michelle and Hannah Rand, the lead singers in the band, came together around their shared love of music and commitment to honest expressions of faith, peace, economic and racial justice and LGBTQ+ inclusion.
Darren is an Associate Fellow for Racial Justice with Evangelicals for Social Action and the worship leader at Chicago’s Urban Village Church, South Loop, as well as for conferences like The Gay Christian Network and The Reformation Project. He’s also a speaker and workshop leader, blogger and activist.
Leslie, a classically trained musician steeped in music that has grown out of the Black American experience, has performed all over the world, and is dedicated to making music and taking action that brings change and transforms society for the better. She also leads worship at Urban Village Church, Hyde Park, Chicago.
Kerry is a multifaceted singer/songwriter who’s shared her music and vision of a more just and generous world from clubs to churches to festivals across the country. This married mother of two has studied songwriting with Phil Madiera, and is a passionate advocate for LGBTQ+ causes, refugee welcome and racial reconciliation.
Hannah, an award-winning singer/songwriter, and a recent graduate of the songwriting program at Belmont University, has been writing and performing songs that cry out for a world where all are accepted and loved since she was 13. She writes most of the music for The Many, along with Gary Rand (who also performs with and produces the band), and with Lenora Rand who writes the lyrics.
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