For well over 20 years now we have been singing songs like ‘Shout To The Lord’ and ‘Power Of Love. Those songs originated from the musical inspiration of Hillsong. Hillsong changed the way Praise and Worship singers delivered standard hymns. Every major youth gathering you attend is guaranteed to make use of their popular songs.
Their influences even stretch into contemporary gospel when you hear Tye Tribett’s ‘I Will Bless The Lord’, Tamela Mann’s ‘Take Me To The King’ and even Mary Mary’s ‘Shackles’ harken back to an inspiration tone similar to Hillsong. Hillsong’s music is based in contemporary songs using scripture with tempos that inspire physical invocation.
Hillsong’s most successful albums, the Live Album Series, lead by Darlene Zschech and Reuben Morgan, have all achieved gold status in Australia and, since the inception in 1992 of the annual live praise and worship albums, Hillsong has branched out and released other albums including the worship series Hillsong United, Hillsong Kids, Hillsong London, Christmas albums and compilation albums.
They songs started a resurgence in the praise and worship movement around the world. Take a look and listen to Darlene below and I guarantee that you know the song.
The Live Album Series are recorded at the Sydney campus(es) and then edited and produced by Hillsong Music Australia. The worship series began as a compilation of songs and developed into studio recorded albums. The Hillsong United series and the Hillsong United band led by Joel Houston, contains songs from the Hillsong United youth ministry. Hillsong Kids has released an annual worship for kids album since 2004. Hillsong Music has released two Christmas albums, several compilation albums as well as recordings from Hillsong London, Hillsong Kiev and Youth Alive. To help take Hillsong Music mainstream an agreement with Warner Music Australia took place in 1999. In 2003 Sony Music Australia also signed with Hillsong Music to take the group even more mainstream.
As of December 2011, Hillsong has sold more than 12 million records across the globe, following its first release in 1991 and a quarter of all contemporary songs heard in Australian churches in 2011 were written by Hillsong.
Hillsong Church is a Pentecostal mega-church affiliated with Australian Christian Churches (the Australian branch of the Assemblies of God) and located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Brian and Bobbie Houston founded the church in 1983 as Hills Christian Life Centre in Baulkham Hills. Hills Christian Life Centre later merged with Sydney Christian Life Centre at Waterloo. According to the church, over 30,000 people attend services each week. They currently have branches in The US, Europe and Asia.
A documentary titled Hillsong – Let Hope Rise directed by Michael John Warren will be released by Warner Bros. during the 2015 Easter weekend. Watch the trailer below:
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