Advent & Christmas 2015 marked the debut of The Many, and this 9-song collection was quickly chosen as one of the 6 best Christmas albums of 2015 by “Under the Radar,” a weekly syndicated radio program highlighting the top undiscovered Christian artists.
In the The Many we bring together diverse musical backgrounds into a unique indie-folk-meets-gospel-choir-meets-worship-band sound, and in our songs we try to express how we see Jesus’ birth as an affirmation that God is with us, and sound a revolutionary call for a world where there’s room for us all.
The Longest Nights
Last December, in the wake of Ferguson and so many communities ripped apart by hatred, injustice and violence, there were still those who offered hands of peace, who stood alongside, walked with and held people who were hurting. And it seemed so clear that if God shows up in our world, that's where and when and how, in the middle of the places "where shots ring out and everything's burning." Jesus enters the world now, as then, in our "longest nights."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian killed at the hands of the Nazis, has called the Magnificat, Mary's song of praise from the first chapter of Luke, "...the most passionate, wildest, most revolutionary Advent song ever sung." We've tried to capture that spirit in "Remember Mercy," with music written by Gospel music legend Elsa Harris and Gary Rand, lyrics by Lenora Rand. Read more about the story behind the song here.
Holy Is Your Name
This is another song that came out of reflection on The Magnificat, Mary’s revolutionary poem from Luke 1, and the key scripture reading for the fourth Sunday of Advent, when the theme is Love. Walter Bruggemann has called Mary's song the kind of singing “…which is a refusal to accept the dominant definitions of reality…an insistence that there’s another way to experience the world and there is another way to act in the world.”
In this indie folk/gospel song, the lyrics reflect Mary's song of praise to God for seeing and loving all who suffer and for ushering in a new day when “the poor will see that all hope’s not lost and grace flows free.”
Room For Us All
This song grew out of the realization that “no room at the inn” is the same story we’re hearing in our current headlines, and how, like so many refugees on our planet today, Jesus didn’t have privilege or power or a welcoming bed. This song affirms that Jesus’ coming transforms our understanding of who’s in and who’s out and reminds us that “we are on this earth to love.” Read more about the story behind the song here.