Joel Houston

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Joel Timothy Houston
Joel Houston UNITED LIVE.jpg
Background information
Birth name Joel Timothy Houston
Born (1979-09-19) 19 September 1979 (age 38)
Brisbane, Queensland
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Contemporary worship music, Christian rock
Occupation(s) Producer, songwriter, worship leader
Instruments Bass guitar, vocals, acoustic and electric guitar
Years active 1999–present
Labels Hillsong, Sparrow, Capitol
Associated acts Hillsong United, Hillsong Worship, Able

Joel Timothy Houston (born 19 September 1979) is an Australian musician, songwriter, pastor, and leader in the Sydney-based band Hillsong United, the youth worship band of Hillsong Church.

He has been co-pastor at Hillsong NYC since 2010.[1] He is the head of the Christian worship band Hillsong UNITED, for which he sings, plays guitar, and writes songs. In 2008, he became the Creative Director at Hillsong Church. He is the oldest son of the church's Senior Pastors and founders Brian and Bobbie Houston and grandson of Frank Houston (who was the Senior Pastor of Sydney Christian Life Centre which is now the City venue of Hillsong Church). He has two siblings, a brother Benjamin and a sister, Laura.[2] Houston was also the bass player for the band Able, which was composed of Marty Sampson, Michael Guy Chislett and Luke Munns, which won the Channel V Leg Up competition in 2001.[3][4][5]


Early life[edit]

Houston wanted to play the piano at the age of seven and his parents told him he wasn't good and so after his discouragement changed to the bass guitar.[6]

Hillsong United and Hillsong[edit]

Houston's first debut with the Hillsong United as a vocalist was in 2002, however he had been playing bass guitar with the band for several years prior to this, and contributing various songs, including the title track from the group's debut full-length live album, Everyday. As part of Hillsong United music team, Joel Houston has helped lead worship conferences in North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. He has also contributed to the main Hillsong album recordings as well, which are led by worship pastor Reuben Morgan. Many of the songs he has written or co-written are sung in churches worldwide and have been translated into 32 languages. His music has been featured on Hillsong albums that have quickly risen on both the Australian and American Christian music charts.[7][8] In March 2007, Hillsong United's eighth album All of the Above debuted at No. 6 on the ARIA charts.[9] Joel Houston has been the Creative Director of Hillsong since 2008. Joel is currently co-pastor of Hillsong NYC with Carl Lentz.[1]


Albums on which Houston has written and performed songs:

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Houston, Brian (14 April 2010). "Update #2: HILLSONG NEW YORK CITY". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Jones, Caroline (1 August 2005). "The Life of Brian -. Transcript". Australian Story. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Welcome to Twitter - Login or Sign up". Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Welcome to Twitter - Login or Sign up". Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  5. ^[dead link]
  6. ^ Blessed. Special features. Hillsong Music. 2002. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived 12 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ [2] Archived 12 July 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "He's on a musical mission for God". Retrieved 6 March 2015.