Fran McKendree is a musician, worship leader, recording artist, conference founder, and producer. He formed McKendree Spring, a rock ensemble that toured North America and the UK, playing concerts with Billy Joel, James Taylor, Elton John, and Tina Turner. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum called McKendree Spring “experimental and innovative.” McKendree experienced a spiritual breakthrough in New York City and moved to Cape Cod, where he worked with youth, built houses, and made furniture until he longed to make music again. He has released six albums of his own work, as well as producing recordings for other artists at his Hendersonville, N.C. studio. In 2012 he formed AwakeningSoul, a partnership hosting an annual conference embodying ‘Sustenance, Sanctuary and Inspiration.’ McKendree was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 2016.