Hillsong Music Australia

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Hillsong Music Australia
Parent company Hillsong Church
Founder Darlene Zschech (Senior Worship Leader, Former Worship Pastor), Geoff Bullock (left Hillsong), Reuben Morgan (Current Worship Pastor)
Distributor(s) Capitol CMG, Universal Music Group[1]
Genre Contemporary worship music contemporary Christian music
Country of origin Australia
Location Sydney, Australia
Official website www.hillsongmusic.com

Hillsong Music is Christian music produced by Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia as well as offshoot churches, Hillsong London and Hillsong Kiev. Hillsong albums are released and distributed by Hillsong Music Australia.

History[edit]

Hillsong Church's popularity in Christian praise and worship music stems from the inauguration of the Hillsong Conference in the late 1980s and the first publication of choruses written by Hills CLC members, especially Darlene Zschech. Their first live worship CD The Power of Your Love was released in 1992. Since then, live praise and worship albums have been produced each year. Other music series include the Worship series, United, Youth Alive, Hillsong Kids and Instrumental series. They have also released two Christmas albums and several compilation albums.[2]

Geoff Bullock's departure[edit]

Geoff Bullock, the worship pastor before Zschech, resigned from Hillsong partly because of their "success". He states:

People have said that Hillsong (conference) 95 was my highest moment – the heights from which I fell. Yet if someone asked me what was the worst experience of my whole ministry career it would be Hillsong (conference) 95, because I felt so out of my depth.

I kept thinking, 'I don't know what I'm doing here, I'm unable to be the person that I need to be'. I just can't be Mr Charisma and Mr Excited. That's not me. I'm a quiet, introspective, melancholic type of guy. I struggled throughout the week trying to lead the worship, but feeling very much that I was failing. I really fell apart emotionally within a month of the conference ending.

My face was on all the posters, I was writing songs which everyone was singing, but inside I was asking myself 'Why am I always struggling? Why can't I just rise up in faith and be the man of God that everybody else says I should be, that this movement says I should be?

Popularity[edit]

Some Hillsong songs have distinct gospel influences (see Gospel music and Urban contemporary gospel). Hillsong Music titles regularly feature in the top 25 of most songs sung in all reporting countries recorded through CCLI http://www.ccli.com/Index.cfm website.

People Just Like Us was the first ever Christian album to go Gold in Australia as well as the first to go Platinum.[3] To date, all Hillsong live worship albums have achieved Gold status in Australia. In 1996, Hillsong Music reached international prominence with the release of Shout to the Lord produced by Integrity Music. This was Integrity Music's first live worship album featuring a female worship leader – Darlene Zschech.[4]

The 2004 Hillsong live worship album For All You've Done, debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Record Industry Association album charts. There was some controversy about this outcome as almost all of the albums were sold at Hillsong's annual conference held in early July. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) have defended the outcome noting that the album sold more copies than any other record on sale in Australia that week. As of December 2011, Hillsong has sold more than 12 million records across the globe, following its first release in 1991[5] and a quarter of all contemporary songs heard in Australian churches in 2011 were written by Hillsong.[6]

Awards[edit]

Hillsong Music has achieved many international awards;

  • The album Shout to the Lord was nominated for the 1997 Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.
  • The song Shout to the Lord written by Darlene Zschech was nominated for the 1998 Dove Awards 'Song of the Year' category at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.
  • By Your Side received a nomination for the 2001 Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.
  • In 1999, Darlene received the International Impact of the Year Award from the American Gospel Music Association in Nashville, USA.
  • You Are My World received a nomination for the 2002 Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.
  • Blessed also received a nomination for the Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.
  • The song My Hope written by Darlene Zschech was nominated for the 2004 Dove Awards 'Inspirational Song of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.
  • The song Mighty to Save written by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan received the 2009 Dove Awards 'Worship Song of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.

Worship leaders[edit]

Darlene Zschech is the composer of the famous worship song "Shout to the Lord". Zschech became worship pastor after Geoff Bullock resigned. Bullock had composed most of Hillsong's early songs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Russell Fragar, former Hillsong music pastor, produced the first 10 live worship albums before leaving Hillsong Church for Virginia, USA in 2001. Other prominent worship leaders include Reuben Morgan, who rose to fame for his song I Give You My Heart and Marty Sampson who was integral in the success of early Hillsong United albums. Recently Joel Houston, son of Brian and Bobbie Houston, has become one of the Hillsong worship leaders and song writers and has also initiated Hillsong's I-Heart Revolution.

Currently the worship pastor of Hillsong is Reuben Morgan and Joel Houston serves as Creative Director.

In January 2011, Darlene Zschech and her husband left Hillsong Australia with the support of Brian and Bobbie Houston. They became senior pastors at Church Unlimited (later named Hope Unlimited Church) in Charmhaven on the New South Wales central coast. Darlene continues to tour throughout the globe with the Hillsong team while still hosting the Creative Stream at Hillsong Conference. The Hillsong UNITED team also tours the globe reaching others with the music that comes from the very heart of Hillsong Church.

Darlene Zschech explained Hillsong's stance in her book Extravagant Worship. She wrote the Hillsong team prayer "Father, let them quickly get their eyes off of us. We just want to point them to you, God, because you are the Author of truth. You are the only One who is to be praised."

Albums[edit]

Early albums were released solely on cassette and CD. Video recordings of the live albums have also been made for VHS since the second album in 1993, and additionally for DVD since 2000, with increasing additional content such as documentaries and extra songs. The Hillsong United series CDs have included an additional free part-length DVD since 2004. Several music books have also been published. Including all the series (LIVE, UNITED, Kids, Kids Junior, Chapel, Young & Free, Español, Youth Term, Youth Alive, Worship, Compilation, Instrumental, Christmas, Preview, KIEV, LONDON) and other special releases (Like The 1st Album, Or Other special recordings) they have more than 125 albums, in 15 series.

Hillsong Live albums[edit]

  1. The Power of Your Love (1992)
  2. Stone's Been Rolled Away (1993)
  3. People Just Like Us (1994)
  4. Friends in High Places (1995)
  5. God Is in the House (1996)
  6. All Things Are Possible (1997)
  7. Touching Heaven Changing Earth (1998)
  8. By Your Side (1999)
  9. For This Cause (2000)
  10. You Are My World (2001)
  11. Blessed (2002)
  12. Hope (2003)
  13. For All You've Done (2004)
  14. God He Reigns (2005)
  15. Mighty to Save (2006)
  16. Saviour King (2007)
  17. This Is Our God (2008)
  18. Faith + Hope + Love (2009)
  19. A Beautiful Exchange (2010)
  20. God is Able (2011)
  21. Cornerstone (2012)
  22. Glorious Ruins (2013)
  23. This I Believe (2014)

Hillsong United albums[edit]

  1. One (Bonus EP from Hillsong Live annual album) (1998)
  2. Everyday (1999)
  3. Best Friend (2000)
  4. King of Majesty (2001)
  5. To the Ends of the Earth (2002)
  6. More Than Life (2004)
  7. Look to You (2005)
  8. United We Stand (2006)
  9. Unidos Permanecemos (2007)
  10. All of the Above (2007)
  11. In a Valley by the Sea (EP) (2007)
  12. The I Heart Revolution. Part I: With Hearts as One (2008)
  13. [a_CROSS//the_EARTH] :: Tear Down the Walls (2009)
  14. Aftermath (2011)
  15. Live in Miami (2012)
  16. Zion (2013)
  17. Oceans (2013)
  18. Zion Acoustic Sessions (2013)
  19. The White Album (2014)

Hillsong Chapel albums[edit]

  1. Yahweh (2010)
  2. Forever Reign (2012)

Hillsong Young & Free albums[edit]

  1. We Are Young & Free (2013)[7]

Hillsong Kids albums[edit]

  1. Jesus Is My Superhero (2004)
  2. Super Strong God (2005)
  3. Supernatural (2006)
  4. Tell the World (2007)
  5. Follow You (2008)
  6. Ultimate Kids Collection (2009)
  7. Hillsong Kids Big Curriculum (2010)

Hillsong Kids Junior albums[edit]

  1. Crazy Noise (2011)

Worship Series albums[edit]

  1. Simply Worship (1996)
  2. Simply Worship 2 (1997)
  3. Simply Worship 3 (1998)
  4. Overwhelmed (2000)
  5. Amazing Love (2003)
  6. Faithful (2004)
  7. Songs for Communion (2006)

Youth Alive albums[edit]

  1. Jump to the Jam (1994)
  2. Chosen One (1996)
  3. The Plan (1998)
  4. One (1999)
  5. Awake (2000)
  6. Elevate (2001)

Instrumental Worship albums[edit]

  1. The Secret Place (1999)
  2. Forever (2003)

Christmas albums[edit]

  1. Christmas (2001)
  2. Celebrating Christmas (2005)
  3. Born Is The King (2011)
  4. We Have A Saviour (2012)

Compilation albums[edit]

  1. Hills Praise (1997)
  2. Extravagant Worship: The Songs of Darlene Zschech (2002)
  3. Extravagant Worship: The Songs of Reuben Morgan (2002)
  4. The Platinum Collection Volume 1: Shout to the Lord (2000); (previously released as Millennium: The Story So Far)
  5. The Platinum Collection Volume 2: Shout to the Lord 2 (2003)
  6. Ultimate Worship (2005)
  7. Extravagant Worship: The Songs of Miriam Webster (2007)
  8. Ultimate Collection Volume II (2008)
  9. Extravagant Worship: The Songs of Joel Houston (2008)
  10. You'll Come (2009)
  11. The Very Best of Hillsong LIVE (2010)
  12. Tour Collection Limited Edition * (Hillsong United) (2010)
  13. It's Christmas (2010)
  14. Ultimate Kids Collection (2010)
  15. Ultimate Voice of a Songwriter Volume 1 Darlene Zschech (2011)
  • Special Edition that includes a special release of 'Look To You', 'United We Stand' and 'All of the Above'.

Other albums[edit]

  1. Spirit and Truth (1988)
  2. Show Your Glory (1990)
  3. Shout to the Lord (1996)
  4. I Believe the Promise (1997)
  5. Shout to the Lord 2000 (1998)
  6. You Shine (2000)
  7. Overwhelmed (2001)
  8. Hillsong + Delirious? – UP: Unified Praise (2004)
  9. Hillsong Kiev; Sydney; London – Господь всего (Lord of All) (2007)
  10. God is Able EP (2012)
  11. Cornerstone (Digital EP) (2012)
  12. Hillsong Global Project (2012)

Spanish albums[edit]

  1. Unidos Permanecemos (2006)
  2. Con Todo (2010)
  3. En Mi Lugar (2011)
  4. Global Project Español (2012)

Hillsong London albums[edit]

  1. Shout God's Fame (2004)
  2. Jesus Is (2006)
  3. Jesus Is: Remix (2007)
  4. Hail to the King (2008)

Hillsong Kiev albums[edit]

  1. Пламя (Flame) (1995) – Studio album
  2. Мы будем славить (We Will Praise) (1997) – Live praise & worship
  3. Это знает душа моя (That My Soul Knows) (1997) – Live praise & worship
  4. Прыгай в небеса (Jump Up into Heaven) (1998) – Youth worship
  5. С Богом возможно всё (All Things Are Possible with God) (1998) – Live praise & worship
  6. План (Plan) (1999) – Youth worship
  7. Небеса на земле (Heaven on Earth) (2000) – Live praise & worship
  8. Мы любим петь об этом (We Love to Sing About It) (2000) – Kids series
  9. Лучший Друг (Best Friend) (2001) – Live praise & worship
  10. Революция (Revolution) (2001) – Youth worship
  11. Царь Величия (King of Majesty) (2002) – Live praise & worship
  12. Пожар (Burn [literally Fire]) (2004) – Youth worship
  13. Слава в вышних (Glory in the Highest) (2005) – Live praise & worship
  14. Иисус мой Супергерой (Jesus Is My Superhero) (2005) – Kids series
  15. Это мой дом (This Is My Home) (2006) – Live praise & worship
  16. Спасение (Salvation) (2006) – Youth worship
  17. Суперcильный Бог (Super Strong God) (2006) – Kids series
  18. Сверхъестественный Бог (Supernatural God) (2007) – Kids series
  19. Господь всего (Lord of All) (2007) – Live praise & worship
  20. Алтарь (Altar) (2008) – Live praise & worship
  21. Это наш Царь (This is our King) (2009) – Live praise & worship
  22. Бог Есть Любовь (God Is Love) (2010) – Live praise & worship
  23. Неразделимы (Undivided) (2010) – Youth worship
  24. Всего мира свет (Light of the world) (2010) – Kids series

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Album Source
2007 "Point of Difference" All of the Above Featured in the DVD The I Heart Revolution: With Hearts As One.
2009 "Yours Forever" [a_CROSS // the_EARTH] Tear Down The Walls Not Made By Hillsong, made by 'MillionActsMovement'.
2010 "Go" aftər,maθ Featured on Aftermath Deluxe Edition
2011 "Born Is The King (It's Christmas)" Born Is The King Performed by Matt Crocker
2011 "Free As A Bee" Crazy Noise By Hillsong Kids Jr.
2011 "The Greatest Commandment" By Hillsong Kids Jr.
2012 "We Have A Saviour" We Have A Saviour Performed By: Ben Fielding
2013 "Heartbeats" Zion Performed By: Matt Crocker
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2013 "Relentless" Performed By: Matt Crocker
2013 "Love Is War" Performed By: Jad Gillies
2013 "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" Live at Colour Conference Performed By: Taya Smith

Other versions of their songs[edit]

Song Artists Album Songwriter
Shout to the Lord Skillet
Ingrid Rosario
Don Moen
Darlene Zschech
Chris Tomlin
Ardent Worship
Canta Al Señor
En Tu Presencia
Kiss of Heaven
Authentic
Darlene Zschech.
Hear Our Praises Marco Barrientos Es Hora De Adorarle
Transformados
Reuben Morgan.
Love You So Much Lenny LeBlanc
33 DC
The Mercy Seat
Alabanza y Adoración en Vivo desde España
Russell Fragar.
You Said Don Moen The Mercy Seat Reuben Morgan.
Dwelling Places Don Moen The Mercy Seat Miriam Webster.
God He Reigns En Espíritu Y En Verdad Glorioso Rey Marty Sampson.
From The Inside Out Seventh Day Slumber
En Espíritu Y En Verdad
Take Everything
Luz Y Salvación
Joel Houston.
The Stand Anthony Evans
Passion Kristian Stanfill
En Espíritu Y En Verdad
Starfield
Undisguised
Awakening Deluxe Edition
Tu Reino Aquí
Live
Joel Houston.
Sovereign Hands Mia Fieldes There's A Reason Mia Fieldes.
You Are Here Darlene Zschech
Don Moen
Change Your World
The Mercy Seat
Dave George.
Mighty To Save Jeremy Camp
Newsboys
Laura Story
Rock of Ages
Reuben Morgan
Seventh Day Slumber
Michael W. Smith
Anthony Evans
Don Moen
Fellowship AtCincoRanch
En Espíritu Y En Verdad
Lucía Parker
We Cry Out
Born Again
Great God Who Saves
Rock of Ages (BEC)
Everyone
Take Everything
A New Hallelujah
Undisguised
I Believe There Is More
To Know Your Name
Luz Y Salvación
Del Corazón
Reuben Morgan, Ben Fielding.
Hosanna Israel Houghton
Rock of Ages
Passion Christy Nockels
Alejandra
Starfield
Selah
Love God, Love People
Rock of Ages
God of This City
Hasta Que Llegaste Tú
I Will Go
You Deliver Me
Brooke Fraser.
Saviour King Mia Fieldes
Don Moen
There's A Reason
I Believe There Is More
Marty Sampson, Mia Fieldes.
Freedom Is Here Esterlyn Call Out Reuben Morgan/Scott Ligertwood.
It's Your Love En Espíritu Y En Verdad Tu Reino Aquí Mia Fieldes.
Forever Reign Passion Kristian Stanfill
One Sonic Society
Here For You
One
Forever Reign
Live at the Tracking Room
Reuben Morgan, Jason Ingram.
The Greatness of Our God One Sonic Society Sonic
Forever Reign
Live at the Tracking Room
Reuben Morgan, Jason Ingram, Stuart Garrard.
Cry of the Broken Darlene Zschech You Are Love Darlene Zschech.
You Hold Me Now Rebecca St. James I Will Praise You Matt Crocker, Reuben Morgan.
Oh You Bring Adie Just You and Me Matt Crocker.
All I Need Is You Marty Sampson.
Go KJ-52 Dangerous Matt Crocker.
Everyday Jason Breland Believe Joel Houston.
Beautiful Exchange Aaron Gillespie Echo Your Song Joel Houston.
Came to My Rescue Marty Sampson, Dylan Thomas, Joel Davies.

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