A Beautiful Exchange

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A Beautiful Exchange
Hillsong Live-A Beautiful Exchange.jpg
Live album by
Released29 June 2010
Recorded1 November and 8 November 2009
GenreContemporary worship
LabelHillsong, Capitol, Sparrow.
ProducerReuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Andrew Crawford
Hillsong Music Australia
Live praise & worship chronology
Faith + Hope + Love
A Beautiful Exchange
God Is Able
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
About.com3.5/5 stars[2]
Jesus Freak Hideout3/5 stars[3]

A Beautiful Exchange is the nineteenth album in the live praise and worship series of contemporary worship by Hillsong Church.[4] [5] It was recorded at the Sydney Entertainment Centre and Hillsong Church in Australia by Reuben Morgan, Darlene Zschech, Joel Houston and the Hillsong Worship Team. The album was released in the United States on 29 June 2010 in partnership with EMI.[4]

These worship songs explore themes including sacrifice and redemption ("Beautiful Exchange"), love ("Our God Is Love") and hope ("Forever Reign"), which is also the first radio single. Hillsong Live albums are led by worship leaders including Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Ben Fielding and Darlene Zschech. Other key songs include: "Open My Eyes" (sung by Reuben Morgan), "The One Who Saves" (sung by Ben Fielding) and "Greatness Of Our God" (sung by Darlene Zschech). Many of the songs were written by Reuben Morgan with other authors such as Jason Ingram, Stu Garrard, Ben Fielding and Darlene Zschech.

On 9 July 2010 the album debuted at No. 1 on the US Billboard Christian Albums Chart and at No. 40 on the US Billboard 200 chart. During the initial week on the charts it remained in the top 3.

Track listing (CD)[edit]

Song Author Worship Leader Supporting Vocal Duration
Our God Is Love Joel Houston, Scott Ligertwood Joel Houston Annie Garratt 4:04
Open My Eyes Reuben Morgan, Braden Lang Reuben Morgan Joel Houston 4:02
Forever Reign Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan Jad Gillies Annie Garratt, Dave Ware 5:43
The One Who Saves Ben Fielding Ben Fielding Darlene Zschech 6:24
Like Incense / Sometimes by Step Brooke Fraser / David Strasser, Rich Mullins Brooke Fraser Jad Gillies, Annie Garratt 7:41
The Greatness Of Our God Jason Ingram, Stu Garrard, Reuben Morgan Darlene Zschech Marcus Temu (DVD) 5:49 / 6:24 (DVD)
The Father's Heart Jorim Kelly, Gio Galanti Jorim Kelly None 6:04
You Joel Houston Joel Houston Reuben Morgan 4:29
Love Like Fire Matt Crocker Matt Crocker None 6:16
Believe Reuben Morgan, Darlene Zschech Darlene Zschech None 4:16 / 6:00 (DVD)
Beautiful Exchange Joel Houston Joel Houston, Annie Garratt Jad Gillies 10:43
Thank You Ben Fielding, Reuben Morgan Reuben Morgan Jad Gillies, Jill McCloghry 5:25
Forever Reign (Radio Version) Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan Jad Gillies None 4:09

Track listing (DVD/Blu-Ray)[edit]

  1. "You"
  2. "Open My Eyes"
  3. "Forever Reign"
  4. "The One Who Saves"
  5. "Like Incense / Sometimes by Step"
  6. "The Greatness of Our God"
  7. "The Father's Heart"
  8. "Our God Is Love"
  9. "Love Like Fire"
  10. "Believe"
  11. "Thank You"
  12. "Beautiful Exchange"

Bonus features[edit]

"Documentary: A Beautiful Exchange – Behind the Screens"

Hillsong London

  1. "The Answer" (Reuben Morgan and Braden Lang) Worship leader: Peter Wilson
  2. "God Our Salvation" (Jay Cook and Dave Tymoszuk) Worship leader: Jay Cook
  3. "For All You Are / You Are Good" (David Kennedy / Dave George) Worship leader: Ingrid Boe-Kennedy
  4. "All Things New" (Dave George and Tim Steer) Worship leader: Dave George
  5. "Glorious One / To Bring You Glory" (Reuben Morgan and Jay Cook / Dave Tymoszuk) Worship leader: Jay Cook


Ryan Barbee of Jesus Freak Hideout said the highlight of the album is Brooke Fraser's "Like Incense/Sometimes By Step" and called it "one of the most intimate tracks Hillsong has put out to date". He also wrote: A Beautiful Exchange has some very powerful moments and some weak ones. However, we as listeners are outsiders looking in. You might not find everything you're looking for in [it] but you'll definitely find a heart of worship."[3] Kim Jones of About.com called the album "beautiful, warm and intimate" and concluded, "A Beautiful Exchange will suck you in and deliver you to the feet of your Savior - and your day will be all the better for it."[2]


The album was nominated for two Dove Awards: Praise & Worship Album of the Year and Long Form Music Video of the Year, at the 42nd GMA Dove Awards.[6]



  • Nigel Hendroff: Duesenberg guitars
  • Ben Fielding: Duesenberg guitars and Collings guitars
  • Timon Klein: Gretsch guitars
  • Dylan Thomas: Fender guitars
  • Jorim Kelly: Gretsch guitars
  • Isaac Soon: Gibson guitars
  • Reuben Morgan: Rickenbacker guitars and Martin guitars
  • Joel Houston: Martin guitars
  • Jad Gillies: Gibson guitars
  • Brooke (Fraser) Ligertwood: Taylor guitars
  • Matt Crocker: Martin guitars
  • Ntando "Bob" Mpofu: Lakland basses


Chart (2010) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 40
U.S. Billboard Christian Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums 9
ARIA Top 50 Albums Chart (Australia) 3
Year-end charts
Chart (2010) Position
US Billboard Christian Albums 37[7]


  1. ^ Johnson, Jared. "A Beautiful Exchange Review". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b Jones, Kim. "Hillsong LIVE - 'A Beautiful Exchange' Review". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b Barbee, Ryan (12 June 2010). "Hillsong Live, "A Beautiful Exchange" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. John DiBiase. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b Jackie A Chapman (2010-07-03). "The story of A Beautiful Exchange". Christian Today. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  5. ^ "Hillsong Live With Reuben Morgan Tour Begins July 21". Breathecast. 2010-06-24. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
  6. ^ 42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards Nominees Archived 10 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine on DoveAwards.com
  7. ^ "Best of 2010 Christian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 2010. Retrieved 17 December 2012.