Little Church, the pop/soul/noise band from Chicago, took its name as a quote from a book that ultimately transformed into a metaphor for the band that occupies that name. Through their music, Little Church has connected spiritually and created a small congregation together. Bassist Christian Whiting explains that "[They’re] fairly tight-knit and thinks through the band were able to attain some spiritual fulfillment and we're really just one microscopic and localized part of the connection that the whole world has with music."
Through DIY venues and mutual connections, Little Church was formed within the Chicago music scene in 2016. When lead singer and guitarist Chelsea Foss-Ralston and bassist Christian Whiting first met, they realized they had a common musical vision and lived only four blocks away from each other - so they quickly jumped into songwriting together. It didn’t take them long to add the rest of the band members into the picture. Soon after Chelsea met drummer Khori Wilson at the DIY venue, the Dojo, the band's initial core was complete. Sean McConnell (synths) was later added in the spring of 2018 after serving as their mix engineer on the first Little Church recordings.
Once the band was fully formed, Little Church started coalescing their sound to what they now describe as "a smattering of art pop, rawk, soul, and gentle, gentle Eskimo kisses by a bear-shaped robot that can’t control its voltage." The inspiration and process for their writing and sound is a shared effort between Chelsea and Christian, often with a focus on the interplay between vocal melodies and bass countermelodies. Christian shares that they “primarily write songs built around vocals and bass and then built from there.” This allows them to highlight the primary movement and counterpoints before building the rhythms and textures. Not to be completely premeditative, the band still allows for spontaneous and unexpected elements to find way into their writing by capturing effortless, fun and improvised moments that eventually get refined.
The band is currently finishing up their third EP, “It’s Not You”, for release in late May on Diversion Records.
Chelsea Foss-Ralston - Vocals & Guitar
Christian Whiting - Bass
Khori Wilson - Drums
Sean McConnell - Synth & Effects
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"What initially grabbed our ear about Little Church was the stunning quality of Chelsea Foss-Ralton’s voice. Chelsea’s laid back drawl instantly bringing to mind Sarah Hall of the much missed Let’s Buy Happines; like Sarah, Chelsea manages to make complex vocal melodies sound entirely effortless." - For The Rabbits
"Warped Pop and Soul" - The Deli
"Chelsea’s vocals dance to their own tune, mesmerizing our sensibilities while taking us on a whirlwind tour of the Universe." - Come Here Floyd
"The range of Little Church is huge!" - We Love That
"Bouncy soul, equal parts melodic and noise" - Midwest Action