The Innocence Mission

The Innocence Mission Biography

Thirteen years after recording their debut, The Innocence Mission remains an island of calm, a beacon of hope in a post-Littleton world. From the quiet city of Lancaster PA, the three members of The Innocence Mission make their music, all of it exalting love and friendship, peace and joy. Now, group founders and songwriters Don and Karen Peris (guitarist/vocalist and singer/guitarist/pianist respectively), along with bassist Mike Bitts, have hand-crafted their fourth album, Birds Of My Neighborhood.

Musically, the songs on Birds Of My Neighborhood reflect the main influences on Don and Karen, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Simon and Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, and other pioneers of 60's folk rock. In 1987 The Innocence Mission signed with A&M Records. Between 1989 and 1995 the band released three acclaimed albums, a 1989 self-titled debut, Umbrella (1991), and Glow (1995) which garnered their greatest critical and commercial success to date. The Innocence Mission returned home in the spring of 1996, and that summer began to make recordings of new songs, working at the Keppel Building, a retired candy factory in downtown Lancaster, and at home. Now it's time for Birds Of My Neighborhood to take wing.

The Innocence Mission Bio from Discogs

American indie rock band formed in 1985 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Current line-up (March 2016):

Karen Peris - vocals, guitar, piano, organ

Don Peris - guitars, drums, vocals

Mike Bitts - bass guitar, vocals

Former member:

Steve Brown - drums - left in 1998 to work as a chef (Lily's on Main, Ephrata, PA).

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