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Hillsong UNITED Announces Release of New Album ‘People’

Hillsong UNITED announces the release of a new album, “People”, with release date April 26th, 2019. Available for pre-order since March 15th, together with the release of “Another In The Fire“.

This project is the culmination of whatever is after… coming home, having a meal with family and friends – old and new… the everyday that frames the season. UNITED have kept it simple returning to where it all began.

It is about people. People you’re doing life with. People you’re representing. It’s about people we are called to reach. Loving our neighbour as ourselves.

This project is for people. Unapologetically back to its roots, UNITED demonstrates its utter reliance on God and the fact that we are called to look at life through an uncomplicated lens of loving people.

Recorded live in Sydney, Australia, “PEOPLE” features three previously released tracks, including “As You Find Me,” “Good Grace,” and “Whole Heart (Hold Me Now).” Debuting in December 2018, “Good Grace” set the record as UNITED’s highest streaming street week career single, which “Whole Heart (Hold Me Now)” subsequently broke by an increase of 12% upon its release in January 2019. Their latest song “As You Find Me” has already garnered 8.2+ million global streams/YouTube views to date, while “Whole Heart” and “Good Grace” have amassed over 31.8+ million global streams (including YouTube views) collectively.

Check out Another In The Fire, recorded live at Hillsong Worship & Creative Conference in Sydney, Australia.

Tori Kelly and Lecrae’s ‘Masterpiece’ live performance

Tori Kelly’s unexpected gospel-adjacent album Hiding Place was one of 2018’s biggest surprises.

The pop star was supposed to just include one gospel song in her new studio album, but thanks to some strikes of inspiration in the production process, that one song turned into an entire album.

Kelly went live with her single “Masterpiece,” bringing out Lecrae for the feature. Check it out.

Who You Say I am is the world’s top worship song

Hillsong Worship’s ‘Who You Say I Am’ hit number one on Billboard’s Christian Airplay Chart, which is a big deal.

“Who You Say I Am” follows in the footsteps of Hillsong Worship’s genre-smashing anthem, “What A Beautiful Name.” Previously holding the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Christian Airplay chart for nine consecutive weeks and earning the group its first career GRAMMY, “What A Beautiful Name” remains the fastest-growing song in modern church history.

 

 

Lauren Daigle and Tori Kelly Win Grammy Awards

Christian musicians Lauren Daigle and Tori Kelly have had success at the Grammy Awards, with each of the stars taking home two Grammys each.

Both received their awards in the Christian and Gospel categories.

Lauren Daigle won the award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance with her song You. She also won best album with Look Up Child – for which she beat Elevation Worship, Jesus Culture, Michael W. Smith and Zach Williams.

Daigle has risen up the charts in terms of popularity, too. She was under fire for her comments about homosexuality, as well as performing on the Ellen De Generes show, which dramatically lifted her profile.

She reached the top place in Christian charts in America, as well as finding her way into the secular charts with ‘You Say’, which reached number 34 in the Hot 100 in January.

Daigle was nominated in 2015 for her debut album “How Can It Be,” and received another nomination in 2016 for her song “Trust In You.”

Tori Kelly was also nominated in 2016 for Best New Artist. The pop singer who released a gospel album last year won for both gospel categories. She won Best Gospel Album for “Hiding Place” and Best Gospel Song for “Never Alone.” Multiple Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin produced the album and co-wrote the hit song.

The history of Christian music, compiled into one book

If you’ve ever wanted to understand where Christian music originated from, then this is the perfect book for you.

Let the People Rejoice: An Interactive history of Christian Music is a remarkable book that has been put together by Mike Spencer, a New Zealander who now resides in Australia.

“I always wanted to tell the story of Christian music, so I jumped at the opportunity to lecture on the subject in my local church in New Zealand,” stated Mike. “Five years and 24 lectures later, I was still going strong! At that stage, I moved to Australia and concentrated on promoting my landmark Australian history book, One People, One Destiny: A Christian History of Australia. However, I felt that I shouldn’t waste all the research that I had done, so I started collating it into book form. Several years later, Let the People Rejoice is the end product of my endeavours.

“Because music is such a vital expression of our Christian faith, it has proved very controversial over the ages. Churches and congregations have often found it difficult to accept new forms and expressions of worship. This has culminated in the so-called ‘worship wars’ of recent years.

In personally growing up singing hymns and Gospel choruses, Mike passionately believed that worship leaders should be able to choose from the whole heritage of Christian music, and not just part of it.

“The book’s title comes from the Fanny Crosby song ‘To God Be the Glory,’ he continued. I use the word ‘Interactive’ in the title because I want readers to actually experience the music they are reading about. Music is by nature participative, so for that reason, I encourage readers to either access video clips of songs and musicians, or sing the songs for themselves.

“In this book, I delve into the history of music in the church, from Bible times right through to the present day. I look at the relationship between music and some of the great events in church history and examine the lives of some of the men and women of God who have contributed to our rich musical heritage.”

An extraordinary read for music lovers everywhere, Let the People Rejoice is now available globally.

Casting Crowns: keeping the main thing the ‘main thing’

After 15 years of hit records and touring, Casting Crowns is still “keeping the main thing the main thing,” says founder Mark Hall. Sunday through Wednesday the group works in youth ministry at Eagles Landing First Baptist Church outside Atlanta, and Thursday through Saturday they go out on tour.

“I think people listen to Crowns more because of what we say, as opposed to just liking the music,” says Hall.

“People who come to our concerts come to be reminded of the things we’ve taught more than how we sing them.”

Skillet drummer signs solo deal

Jen Ledger, drummer and vocalist of multi-platinum selling rock band Skillet, has signed a solo deal with Atlantic Records and Hear It Loud, the imprint encompassing the creative team of Skillet’s John & Korey Cooper and longtime manager, Zachary Kelm.

Her self-titled debut EP, LEDGER is set to release April 13. Ledger’s unique vocals and powerful stage presence have given her a distinct role in Skillet since joining the band when she was just 18. She has been collaborating with Korey Cooper and Nashville-based producer Seth Moseley, whose credits include For King & Country and Francesca Battistelli.

“It’s so surreal that I will be releasing my first EP in just a few weeks!,” said Ledger. “The writing and recording process with Korey Cooper, John Cooper, Seth Mosley and many others has been so much fun and I’ve loved every second of it! Learning, growing, and creating with these ridiculously talented people has been one of the most rewarding seasons of my life. We’ve created something fresh that feels unique to me. I can’t wait to share these songs with everyone; it feels like I’m getting to share a new side of myself!”

Chris Tomlin launches new imprint

Singer-songwriter Chris Tomlin launched is own imprint record label, Bowyer & Bow, in partnership with Capitol Christian Music Group. Singer-songwriter and worship leader Pat Barrett is the first artist to sign with the new imprint.

Barrett’s self-titled debut EP is available now and will be followed by a full-length album to release later this year.

Walmart rejects Stryper album

Walmart has refused to carry the new album by pioneering Christian rock band Stryper, over concerns about the title. Voicing disappointment, frontman Michael Sweet said that God Damn Evil was “a statement that’s needed in our society.

We’ve seen evil rise to new levels and this title is simply a prayer request asking God to damn or condemn all the evil around us… it’s frustrating to see something that’s meant for good get misinterpreted and misunderstood.”