The Congregation

Welcome to the Congregation.

Get ready for a service the likes of which you’ve never attended before, where the message is served up by Clayton Bellamy and the Congregation through a high-octane blend of gospel, R&B and riff-driven hard rock, and the only requirement for membership is the willingness to worship at the altar of love.

“Even if things are bad, when you cover them in love they get better,” Bellamy says. That’s a major lyrical driver throughout Welcome to the Congregation(Anthem)and nowhere more so than on high energy tunes like ‘Church of Rock and Roll’ and ‘The Healing’.

Folks who want to let love rule, however, have to stand up for it, as Bellamy telegraphs on ‘Commandment #11’ and lead single, ‘Resistorz’. “If you live long enough, everybody gets hit by the pain train, and, for me, when that happened, music was the one place I could go.”

For Bellamy, Welcome to the Congregation is a complete reset.  “I felt I had to shed my skin, strip away fifteen years of writing country songs and draw from a different well.”

Audiences will know Bellamy from The Road Hammers and from his solo records, “But they don’t know this,” he says. “It’s like I’ve finally found my music, a mixture of all my favourite bands in one – Aerosmith, Otis Redding, the Allmans, the Stones, The Beatles.”

On Welcome to the Congregation, Bellamy captures all the furious energy of his live show on record, something that helped the Hammers become the highest selling Canadian country band of all time,
But this is not a country record. Characterized by jagged rock and roll edges and Aerosmith-worthy riffs, Welcome to the Congregationis a no holds barred rock and roll tent revival, music Bellamy intends to lose himself in completely on stage, and invite audiences to do the same. “That’s the whole idea. It’s rock and roll church. We’re bringing the gospel and I’m the preacher man.”

That’s a persona Bellamy’s going to live to the limit on stage when he comes rumbling through your town with his ten-piece band, and all part of his mission to grow the congregation and, most importantly, bring the love. “It seems strange to have to repeat it, but we really have to love up on one another and that’s what this is all about.”



MAY 11 – Private Show – Prince Albert, SK (Solo)

JUN 19 – Summer Sessions – Shikaoi Park – Stony Plain, AB (Solo)

JUN 28 – Tail Creek Music Festival – Alix, AB (Congregation)

JUL 13 – Big Four Roadhouse (Stampede Park) – Calgary, AB (Congregation)

AUG 8 – Penticton Peach Festival – Penticton, BC (Black Mountain Whiskey Rebellion)