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During his freshman year at Belmont University, Drew Miller founded a band based in Nashville comprised of his closest friends: as singer (Janie) with a long and cherished past in theater, an Irish-dancing classical pianist (Kelly), an aspiring composer of film scores (Tyler), a highly motivated and witty violinist (Camille), a bluegrass extraordinaire (Riley), and a bassist (Michael) whose grooves are to die for.
We now call ourselves The Orchardist. Drawing inspiration from folk music and acoustic rock with the a dash of musical theatre, we'll play in houses, churches, coffeehouses, bars, and backyards. We have made a full album with the help of love and caffeine, achieved airplay on our favorite radio station Lightning 100, and recently returned from an altogether lovely summer tour. We appreciate cream soda, camping adventures, new friends, and most of all, the love of Jesus.
For us, music is a precious gift. We hope to extend that gift to you, friend. If, through our songs, we can offer you even a shred of the light that we've received from all we've been given, that would be the sweetest thing. We look forward to meeting you.
Jared Mitchell is a contemporary Christian worship artist from the small town of Norris City in southern Illinois. Born into a home surrounded by Christian music, Jared began singing in church at a young age. At the age of 13, his grandfather passed away and Jared sang, “I Can Only Imagine,” his grandfather’s favorite song, at the funeral. A large crowd was in attendance, and it was at that moment that he fell in love with reaching people through music with a message of hope and the love of Jesus.
Jared has taken first place in a number of talent competitions and was also a Top 10 finalist in the National Christian Talent Search, “Exalting Him,” which aired in 2007 on the NRB network. After graduating high school, he continued his pursuit of music and is now chasing his dream harder than ever studying music here at Belmont University. Over the past few years, Jared has begun writing his own original music and does so with an inspirational message that comes from a place of struggle as well as his desire to live for God and see others find Him. It is Jared’s hope and dream to see lives impacted for Jesus through his music.
With many musical influences from fold to gospel and pop to indie, The Many weave them all together into one unique sound infused with purpose. Their emotionally driven songs drip with questions and doubts while pushing towards a faith that’s real and honest. In this pursuit of genuine faith, they don’t settle for anything easy, and give praise to the God who so loves the world.
While most of the songs are written sand sung by Belmont Junior Hannah Rand, the group is a collection of amazing musicians, featuring Alaya Morris (BGVs), Lauren Dekleva (BGVs), Sammi Potts (drums), Ben Pogue (bass), JP Presley (guitar), and Cassidy Gephart (keyboard.)
With melodies that grab you and won’t let go, The Many desire to leave their audience seeing this splintered-into-a-thousand-pieces world in a new way: full of grace, hope, and God’s many tender mercies.
Tanner Azzinnaro is a sophomore Audio Engineering major at Belmont University. He grew up in Spokane, Washington, and has been performing since the 8th grade. When Tanner was 14, he flew to Nashville for the first time to record a song for the soundtrack to the NBC original TV movie, “A Walk In My Shoes,” with producers Charlie Peacock and Randy Jackson.
Since then, Tanner has had hundreds of performances in the Pacific Northwest, and more recently, the Nashville area. Since writing is his way of growing in his relationship with God, Tanner has focused immensely on improving his abilities as a songwriter, and trying to further understand his own heart and emotions.