Currently fronted by Joel Houston, Jad Gillies and JD, Hillsong UNITED is a collaboration of pastors, worship leaders, musicians and songwriters who desire to connect people everywhere with God. Hillsong UNITED came from the Youth Movement of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. The youth group of over 3,000 at Hillsong Church meets weekly and are encouraged to use the gifts God has given them in music, the arts and film to better serve His Kingdom.
Since the first UNITED album, Everyday, was recorded in 1999, Hillsong UNITED has developed a large global following and has toured in six continents and 42 nations just since 2006, to audiences of 60,000 or more. Their 2007 release All Of The Aboveand 2009 album A Cross The Earth launched to No.1 on USABillboard Christian Charts. A Cross The Earth landed at No. 2 on the iTunes mainstream charts. Hillsong UNITED has sold over 1,000,000 albums in the United States alone and sold out major US venues such as Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, Roseland Ballroom in New York City and BankUnited Center in Miami just to name a few.
Hillsong UNITED filmed an 18-month documentary featuring nights of worship, culture, history and lives of young people for their project I Heart Revolution. The Documentary,”We’re All In This Together” was screened in over 500 cinemas in the US in November 2009. “With Hearts As One” is the live music DVD that captured UNITED in six different continents. “With Hearts As One” screened in 60 cinemas in Canada for one night only. Close to 100,000 people attended the screening. Hillsong UNITED released their latest album AFTERMATH in 2011. UNITED is set to release Zionin February 2013.
After a two-year wait for the next original UNITED project, Hillsong has announced the February 26th release of Zion, which will be the 12th full-length album and third studio recording from the band. This new studio album follows the highly impactful 2011 release Aftermath, which topped the charts internationally and was their highest selling album to date. To label the new album as a fresh sound is to understate the originality that is Zion. It is noticeably different from past projects, yet it retains the indisputable feel of the band that has brought some of the world’s most popular praise and worship songs to the Church.
I have been a huge fan of the Hillsong Music for many years, since being introduced to the huge hit, Shout To The Lord, and having sung many of the songs in church and in Bible College. Hillsong United has been a more upbeat, rock version of the music brand made famous with Darlene Zschech and I love it!
Recently I had the opportunity to review Zion, the new release (out in February 2013) from Hillsong United and I have only good things to say about it! If you want to be brought to a place of complete worship of our Lord and encourage through heartfelt lyrics and remind us of God's amazing love. Being that I own several United CD's I have to say this is a departure in sound from the others I have, but that is actually a great thing. United has been revamped in recent years, switching up lead singers and making for a different, yet great, sound. The lyrics are truly wonderful and heart-reaching, perfect for individual worship time or corporate. Powerful music, from artists who are truly gifted by God to reach people around the world!
My favorite tracks are Relentless, Oceans, and Tapestry.
I highly recommend this CD and give a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase Zion from Hillsong United online through Amazon. It is also available at your local Christian retailer.
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