Archive for ‘Hillsong United’

March 6, 2013

Hillsong United’s New Album ZION Sells 35,000 Copies In Its First Week

 

 

According to Noise11 America’s Favorite Australian Worship Band, sold 35,000 copies of their new album, landing at the no. 5 spot on the Billboard charts.

 

Hillsong United’s Top 5 debut places them behind albums by Bruno Mars, Atoms For Peace, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Mumford & Sons.

 

 

November 4, 2012

JOEL HOUSTON OF HILLSONG UNITED GETS MARRIED !!! (PICTURES)

All of us here at Awaken Generation wanted to give a massive congratulations to our friend; worship leader and songwriter extraordinaire Joel Houston who tied the knot just a few days ago.  Details about the nuptials have been sparse, with the only real mention coming from a cryptic tweet by Houston himself.  So far all we know about the new Mrs Houston is that she is a Brazilian native and her name is Esther De Lima.  (Now Esther Houston we’re guessing).

We do know that the entire Hillsong United gang was in attendance.

Below are some pictures of the happy day.

January 31, 2012

HILLSONG UNITED Live In Miami CD/DVD Album Review

 

The uber-successful worship leader rock stars also known as Hillsong United is back with their first live album in four years, named ‘Live In Miami’. The album captures 21 tracks recorded during the band’s sold out worship night at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida back in August 2011.
The band’s widely successful ‘Aftermath US Tour’, in support of their latest studio album ‘Aftermath’, saw sold out worship nights in venues across the country – from New York to Los Angeles (where the band became the first Christian band to sell out Staples Center) and back east to Miami where the new CD and DVD were recorded live.

The main draw of this album has to be the live recordings of the songs we haven’t heard before on any live album. For me ‘Aftermath‘ was, and still is, a stunning piece of work from the band, and I have to admit that the songs on that album are some of my favorites from the Hillsong stables ever. That whole album had a different vibe and style to what you might count as the Hillsong United style.

Moving onto the review of this album and the velocity of passionate loud worship kicks off in the way you would expect from any Hillsong album. Starting with the stunning ‘Go’ the album opens with big guitars and big drums and a packed worshipping crowd singing along to every word, “We’re giving it all away, We’re giving it all to go your way”. The big guitars continue into the song Break Free, if you weren’t already singing along you will be by the chorus of this one, “Won’t you break free, won’t you break free, get up and dance”.

Search My Heart moves into one of the most played Christian songs ever, Mighty To Save. These are two great songs to have next to each other, beautiful pieces of music used to flow the album together. I know the question might have passed your lips when looking at the track listing of this album. Does the world need another version of Mighty To Save, and the answer is probably no, yet this version of the songs fits perfectly into the 21 track album and is still an amazing worship song that is great to sing along to: “He rose and conquered the grave”. Amen. Would I buy this album for the so called classic ‘Hillsong’ songs? No. But there is enough new live material on here, more than enough in fact, to get your teeth into that the older songs are actually a great addition.

One of my favorite moments on the whole of the album comes right in the middle, it is wonderful to hear the dance bleeps and beats of Freedom Is Here, which is one of those songs that really hit the spot. This song then flows into Shout Unto God then into the stunning and beautiful Like An Avalanche. For my review of the the original album of Aftermath I said of this particular song, “It’s an outpouring cry to God with the chorus of ‘And I find myself here on my knees again, caught up in grace like an avalanche, nothing compares to this love, love, burning in my heart’, wonderful musicianship on this song, a strong powerful track.” Not much has changed apart from this live version is 100 times better!

Of course you personally will have you favorite songs on this album. Maybe it is the brilliant Hosanna with its well known opening guitar riff or the very distinctive guitar sounds of Rhythm Of Grace. This album has them all. If you want to hear the new live version of songs from the last few Hillsong United albums then this is one album to look out for. If you are looking for the older classic songs that have been played around the church for the last ten years like Your Name High and From The Inside Out then this album is also for you. This album is a must have.

For me, you have to look at it not as ‘another’ Hillsong album, but as a recorded version of that amazing time of worship in Miami. The album flows well with great heartfelt worship songs sung with passion by Hillsong United. But overall the best bits for me are hearing the loud drums, big guitars and the thousands of worshippers singing together the name of Jesus, and that is always a special thing.

November 3, 2011

HILLSONG UNITED To Release New Live AFTERMATH Tour CD/DVD In February 2012

 

Hillsong United will release a new Aftermath Tour Edition CD/DVD early next year.  The DVD will be called ‘Aftermath- Live In Miami’.  The CD/DVD will feature live versions of songs from their Aftermath album released in early 2011.  The special concert film was taped in Miami, FL on August 6, 2011.  According to reports post-production of the new tour special is already underway.

August 15, 2011

10 Questions With HILLSONG UNITED & HILLSONG MUSIC Super Star Songwriter BEN FIELDING


1) Where are you right now? Sydney, Australia. Sitting on my couch, with my feet up, Tim Hughes record playing softly in the background 🙂

2) What’s in your pocket? A few Australian coins, a guitar pick, and a set of keys in my back pocket that I should have removed before sitting.

3) Latest set list? Here’s a list I recently worked on for a small, stripped back night of worship at church (Hillsong Chapel).

Hosanna (E) You’ll Come (E) Run (E) The Time Has Come (G) Savior King (D) Yahweh (A) Came To My Rescue (Bridge) (A) Stronger (A) This Is Our God (E) Hold Me Now (B) From The Inside Out (B) Mighty To Save (G) Salvation Is Here (A)

4) Last album you purchased? The Civil Wars- “Barton Hollow”

5) Best piece of advice you ever received? Our Pastor, Brian Houston, often says “the best is yet to come”. It’s a pretty great piece of advice to hold on to. Not resting on yesterday’s success, or being defeated by it’s dissappointments.. But looking forward, realising God’s not finished.. He’s alive, His word is living and active, He’s working all things together for good.. And we’re a part of it!

6) How do you stay sharp? I make sure I’m around people who are creative, motivated and inspired. Finding people doing what I do better than I do it…

7) What do you do 5 minutes before you lead worship? Sip honey/lemon tea and pray with our worship team.. Never want to try and just fit God somewhere into our songlists and plans.. Always want to come open, fitting into what it is that He is doing.

8) Biggest worship horror moment? Ha.. Probably when I was leading worship in a small meeting (disclaimer: not at home).. In the middle of a quiter song, a guy in one of the front rows called out “nope.. It’s too high, I can’t sing it.. I won’t sing it”. I think I just closed my eyes, and kept on singing.. A moment I’ll never forget.

9) How would you define worship? It’s our response to even just the smallest glimpse of Jesus.. and as we respond in awe, in praise and action, He reveals a little more of Himself.. And we are once again ruined for anything else.

10) One encouragement to worship leaders? Never diminish the value of your role.. Start by never diminishing your value of the One you are worshipping.

 

August 2, 2011

HILLSONG UNITED’S Joel Houston Robbed At Gun Point Loses 200 Songs

 

Joel Houston, lead singer of Hillsong United was robbed at gunpoint in New York city a few days ago.  “Robbed at gunpoint tonight… thank you brooklyn… lost my phone.. spent the night with NY’s finest…”  Houston tweeted.  According to Houston 3 of his other friends who were with him were robbed too including songwriter Matt Crocker.

 

It got even worse since Houston had 200 songs on his phone he wanted to keep.  “seriously.. for real” Joel added later, “.. at gunpoint… tried reasoning with him.. only cause i had 200 song idea on my voice memos i didnt wanna lose…”

 

Not to worry though, Houston and his friends were just happy no one got seriously hurt.  Writing, “spent the night with NY’s finest.. never laughed harder in my life…”

Glad to hear no one was hurt.  So sad to hear about those many songs being lost though.

 

 

 

 

June 2, 2011

Hillsong United Take Heart Lyrics

VERSE 1
There is a light
It burns brighter than the sun
He steals the night
And casts no shadow
There is hope
Should oceans rise and mountains fall
He never fails

CHORUS
So take heart
Let His love lead us through the night
Hold on to hope
And take courage again

VERSE 2
In death by love
The fallen world was overcome
He wears the scars of our freedom
In His Name
All our fears are swept away
He never fails

BRIDGE
All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failure
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome
All our heartache
And all our pain
God our healer
He has overcome

All our burdens
And all our shame
God our freedom
He has overcome

All our troubles
And all our tears
God our hope
He has overcome

All our failures
And all our fear
God our love
He has overcome

God our justice
God our grace
God our freedom
He has overcome

God our refuge
God our strength
God is with us
He has overcome

June 1, 2011

Hillsong United Like An Avalanche Lyrics

VERSE 1
Beautiful God
Laying Your majesty aside
You reached out in love to show me life
Lifted from darkness into light
Oh

VERSE 2
King for a slave
Trading Your righteousness for shame
Despite all my pride and foolish ways
Caught in Your infinite embrace
Oh

CHORUS 1
And I find myself here on my knees again
Caught up in grace like an avalanche
Nothing compares to this love love love
Burning in my heart

VERSE 3
Saviour and Friend
Breathing Your life into my heart
Your word is the lamp unto my path
Forever I’m humbled by Your love
Oh

BRIDGE
Take my life
Take all that I am
With all that I am I will love You
Take my heart
Take all that I have
Jesus how I adore You

CHORUS 2
And I find myself here on my knees again
Caught up in grace like an avalanche
Nothing compare to this love love love

April 14, 2011

Hillsong United Aftermath Review

 

After a long wait of over two years, Hillsong UNITED has released its eleventh full-length and second studio album, entitled Aftermath. After their last release, Hillsong UNITED took some time for a season of rest in their local church. The band members took the time to challenge themselves musically and lyrically. Their efforts have paid off, because Aftermath offers a very fresh, creative collection of 12 new songs that explore the life-changes that occur in the “aftermath” of an encounter with Christ. The only song I already knew on this album was “Awakening”, from the recent Passion album, but that made sense when I realized the song was co-written by Chris Tomlin and Hillsong writer Reuben Morgan.

“I think we just wanted to create an album that didn’t follow all the rules and that we ourselves would want to worship to, whether we’re in the car driving home, on the train on the way to work or wherever we happen to be. We didn’t want to rely on what feels familiar,” says Hillsong UNITED’s Joel Houston.

“Normally ‘aftermath’ has a negative, even traumatic, connotation,” Houston says. “At the same time, when I look at the Crucifixion as an event, it paints an extraordinarily negative and horrific picture. But the aftermath of the Cross is hope for all mankind. It’s grace, freedom, peace, life and everything that is good about God. I absolutely love that picture.”

This album definitely has a unique sound for Hillsong UNITED, especially since it’s only the second studio album by the group. As much as I enjoy listening to a live worship album, there is something about a studio album like this that is really appealing. On the whole, I would say it is a more contemplative, reflective album compared to other UNITED albums. Many of the songs are very artistic, ranging in style from rock, to orchestral ballad, to all electronic music.

Some of the songs that stood out to me:

Track 1 – Take Heart (Joel Houston) This is not what I expected for the opening track of the album, and I think that’s what caught my attention. With its pounding, driving tom rhythms, this song sets the tone for the rest of the album – “Hold on to Hope, and take courage again”. Hope in the aftermath is a recurring theme on this album.

Track 3 – Like An Avalanche (Joel Houston) This is a beautiful song that speaks of the paradox of Jesus, the King, becoming a servant for us, and of His humbling, amazing grace.“And I find myself here on my knees again, caught up in grace like an avalanche”. Again, the driving, syncopated rhythms, especially on the bridge, and the outstanding vocal duet make this a standout track!

Track 4 – Rhythms of Grace (Chris Davenport, Dean Ussher) I really enjoyed the progression of this song from a nice, lilting 6/8 song to a driving, syncopated, rhythmic, multi-layered offering of exuberant worship!

Track 7 – Bones (Jill McCloghry, Joel Houston) When this song started, I thought I was back in the ‘80s with the heavy synth pads, which continued to be the driving sound of the whole song. But, as the song went on, the sounds seemed to fit perfectly with the lyrics “You can take my dry bones, breathe life into this skin”. It actually became a fresh sounding, driving anthem of crying out for the Holy Spirit to revive us again!

Bonus Track – Search My Heart (Radio version) ( Joel Houston, Matt Crocker) This radio version of “Search My Heart” (Track 11), is one that will surely catch on in many churches! It is a cry of commitment and dedication “With all my heart, and all my soul, with all I am, Lord I will follow You”. An inspiring anthem that is easy to sing, and one that I can’t wait to use!

 

February 6, 2011

Hillsong UNITED Releases 11th Album AFTERMATH

After a long wait of over two years, Hillsong UNITED has released its eleventh full-length and second studio album, entitled Aftermath. After their last release, Hillsong UNITED took some time for a season of rest in their local church. The band members took the time to challenge themselves musically and lyrically. Their efforts have paid off, because Aftermath offers a very fresh, creative collection of 12 new songs that explore the life-changes that occur in the “aftermath” of an encounter with Christ. The only song I already knew on this album was “Awakening”, from the recent Passion album, but that made sense when I realized the song was co-written by Chris Tomlin and Hillsong writer Reuben Morgan.

“I think we just wanted to create an album that didn’t follow all the rules and that we ourselves would want to worship to, whether we’re in the car driving home, on the train on the way to work or wherever we happen to be. We didn’t want to rely on what feels familiar,” says Hillsong UNITED’s Joel Houston.

“Normally ‘aftermath’ has a negative, even traumatic, connotation,” Houston says. “At the same time, when I look at the Crucifixion as an event, it paints an extraordinarily negative and horrific picture. But the aftermath of the Cross is hope for all mankind. It’s grace, freedom, peace, life and everything that is good about God. I absolutely love that picture.”

This album definitely has a unique sound for Hillsong UNITED, especially since it’s only the second studio album by the group. As much as I enjoy listening to a live worship album, there is something about a studio album like this that is really appealing. On the whole, I would say it is a more contemplative, reflective album compared to other UNITED albums. Many of the songs are very artistic, ranging in style from rock, to orchestral ballad, to all electronic music.

Some of the songs that stood out to me:

Track 1 – Take Heart (Joel Houston) This is not what I expected for the opening track of the album, and I think that’s what caught my attention. With its pounding, driving tom rhythms, this song sets the tone for the rest of the album – “Hold on to Hope, and take courage again”. Hope in the aftermath is a recurring theme on this album.

Track 3 – Like An Avalanche (Joel Houston) This is a beautiful song that speaks of the paradox of Jesus, the King, becoming a servant for us, and of His humbling, amazing grace.“And I find myself here on my knees again, caught up in grace like an avalanche”. Again, the driving, syncopated rhythms, especially on the bridge, and the outstanding vocal duet make this a standout track!

Track 4 – Rhythms of Grace (Chris Davenport, Dean Ussher) I really enjoyed the progression of this song from a nice, lilting 6/8 song to a driving, syncopated, rhythmic, multi-layered offering of exuberant worship!

Track 7 – Bones (Jill McCloghry, Joel Houston) When this song started, I thought I was back in the ‘80s with the heavy synth pads, which continued to be the driving sound of the whole song. But, as the song went on, the sounds seemed to fit perfectly with the lyrics “You can take my dry bones, breathe life into this skin”. It actually became a fresh sounding, driving anthem of crying out for the Holy Spirit to revive us again!

Bonus Track – Search My Heart (Radio version) ( Joel Houston, Matt Crocker) This radio version of “Search My Heart” (Track 11), is one that will surely catch on in many churches! It is a cry of commitment and dedication “With all my heart, and all my soul, with all I am, Lord I will follow You”. An inspiring anthem that is easy to sing, and one that I can’t wait to use!

February 3, 2011

THEY SAID WHAT?!?!$% Notable & Quotable On Twitter – Tweets That Shouldn’t Have Been – From Hillsong United’s Brooke Fraser

Brooke Fraser, beloved worship leader with Hillsong United, shared a new feat she pulled off with the world via Twitter.

Her first tweet was:

“Tonight I successfully peed in a portaloo in the pitch black, using only sound as my guide. Like a bat.”

Then  2 minutes later she added:

“I feel pretty good about it.”

Then 1 minute later she added:

“Thinking of you, Queenslanders.”

Don’t believe me?  See for yourself  www.twitter.com/brookefraser

* (‘pitch black,’ meaning very dark – in other words she was able to find her way around a Port-O-John in complete darkness)

February 3, 2011

Quote Of The Day

 

“Tonight I successfully peed in a portaloo in the pitch black, using only sound as my guide. Like a bat.”

Brooke Fraser via Twitter

February 2, 2011

Hillsong United’s Joel Houston Jams To Their New Worship CD “AFTERMATH” In His Car While The Rest Of The World Waits Patiently

Joel Houston, frontman of uber-popular Hillsong United took to Twitter this morning to share how awesome it’s been to rock out to the new Hillsong United Album AFTERMATH in his car,

“Been waiting so long for this moment!!!!” he gushed.

Then added he rubbed it in just a little bit more with, ” . . . best feeling ever . . . !”

Ouch Joel, that hurt man.  We’re all dying to hear the new album too.

I have to go scrape the salt out of my wounds now.