Luke Munns

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Luke Munns
Birth name Luke Andrew Munns
Born (1980-09-20) 20 September 1980 (age 36)
Origin Sydney, Australia
Genres Rock
Occupation(s) Record producer, songwriter, performer
Instruments Drums, vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
Years active 1999–present
Labels Hillsong Music, LUKAS
Associated acts LUKAS, Able, Hillsong, Hillsong United, Darlene Zschech, C3 Church Sydney, Worship Central
Website www.thelukasband.com

Luke Andrew Munns (born 20 September 1980) in the Northern Beaches of Sydney is a musician, record producer and songwriter, known as the key worship drummer of Sydney based worship band Hillsong United, the worship band of Hillsong Church's youth group. Luke was one of original recording and touring members of Hillsong United from 1999-2006 but surrendered his position to pioneer the rock/indie/folk band LUKAS as lead singer/songwriter. He is a member of Hillsong Church, Sydney and is a strong Christian believer. He is the oldest of four brothers. Munns was also the drummer for many Hillsong Church albums, and the band Able, which was composed of Marty Sampson, Michael Guy Chislett and Joel Houston, which won the Channel V Leg Up competition in 2001.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Munns began playing piano, and wrote his first song at the young age of three years, and focused his efforts to playing drums and guitar from the age of seven.[1]

Able[edit]

Munns joined the Hillsong youth band at age 13. At the same time as this, Munns met with fellow Hillsong United members bass player Joel Houston, guitarist and vocalist Marty Sampson and younger member Michael Guy Chislett. The band went through a name change from Consecrated to Able and in 2001, the band was selected by Channel V as its Leg Up competition winners. With the winnings from this competition, Able put together The Able EP at a recording studio in Byron Bay, but shortly after releasing the EP in 2004, the band broke up and instead poured their efforts into Hillsong United.[2]

Hillsong United[edit]

Munns' first debut with the Hillsong United as their live recording drummer was in 1998 and played drums on seven live recordings until 2007 when he left to frontman the band LUKAS. As part of Hillsong United music team, Munns has toured in North America, South America, Africa, Europe and Asia. He has also contributed to seven of the main Hillsong album recordings as well, which are led by worship pastor Darlene Zschech. Songs he has written are sung in churches worldwide and have been translated into 32 languages, including Korean and German. He has helped write and produce many Hillsong songs including "Stay" on By Your Side (1999) and "Pour Out Your Spirit" on Best Friend (2000). Luke's unique style of worship drumming has brought worldwide influence to the sound of modern worship around the world and has been featured on Hillsong Music Australia albums that have quickly risen on both the Australian and American Christian music charts.

In 2002 Munns designed the official UNITED logo which is still currently in use today and also designed the album artwork for Best Friend (2000), To the Ends of the Earth (2002) and More Than Life (2004).[3][4]

Hillsong Kids[edit]

Luke is a music producer from The Lakehaus Studios working with Hillsong Kids Pastor David Wakerley and has been nominated for two dove awards for Children's Music Album of the Year for his music production work on Crazy Noise (2013),[5] and Jesus Is My Super Hero (2006).[6]

LUKAS[edit]

Photo of the band LUKAS

In 2004 Luke pioneered the indie/folk band LUKAS and recorded six songs in his home studio. Since then the LUKAS Demo EP has had over 400,000 downloads worldwide. He then toured around Australia on a support solo tour with Australian/NZ folk artist Brooke Fraser and then went back into the studio to record the You & Me EP with producer Brendan Anthony (INXS, Midnight Oil, Jimmy Barnes, Brianna Carpenter (Australian Idol) in Studios 301, Sydney.

Luke returned to his worship roots in 2006 and LUKAS transitioned into a worship and musician training movement, releasing their new singles "Shine Your Glory" and "Lost at Sea".

The single's Abandoned featuring Australian electronic music producer and DJ Northie (2013), For God So Loved (2014), Heaven On The Earth (2014), all debuted at number one on iTunes Inspirational Charts, Australia, and Beauty For Ashes reached number five.[7]

Pastor Darlene Zschech commissioned Luke to write, record and release "For God So Loved" (2014) for Easter for their church HopeUC, based on the Central Coast, Australia.[8]For God So Loved debuted at number one on the Australian Inspirational iTunes charts.[9]

LUKAS have toured in Australia, New Zealand, United States, Canada and Singapore, mainly holding worship encounter nights and church team training sessions, and have main staged Blackstump Festival, Big Exo Day, Parachute Festival and Hillsong Conference. They also performed Feels Like Home on MTV for the NOKIA Be Heard competition and placed 2nd out of all unsigned bands in Australia.[10][11]

Marking their 10th year anniversary, LUKAS released a limited addition hard copy CD album of only 500 copies.[12]

Many past LUKAS members have gone on to become part of the main Hillsong Worship band and Hillsong United teams including Paul Mabury (Drums) ,[13] Harrison Wood (drums),[14] Simon Kobler (drums)[15] and Matt Hann (bass guitar).[16]

Former guitarist Christopher Whitehall left the band in 2006 to frontman the indie pop band The Griswolds.[17]

24 January 2015, LUKAS recorded a live worship session at The Grove Studios, set for release late 2015, filmed and directed by cinematographer Paul Moss (Director of Photography for Masterchef, The Bachelor, Biggest Loser, Shark Tank).[18][19] Released online on 28 November 2015.[20]

Luke has been signed to Hillsong/Shout Publishing from 1998 until present.[21][22][23]

The LUKAS YouTube Channel has had over 231,000 views.[24]

Discography[edit]

Hillsong Albums on which Munns has performed:

Recent appearances:

  • LUKAS - You & Me EP (2007)
  • Mia Fieldes - There's A Reason (2007)
  • Mia Fieldes - Minus The Walls (2008)
  • GMF - Ride of Life (2008)
  • Awakening '09 Conference intro music (2009)
  • Hillsong - Colour Your World Women's Conference '09 promotional music (2009)
  • Lukas - Shine Your Glory Single (2009)
  • Everywoman Promo - Jack Diaz (2009)
  • C3 - Send Down Your Love (2010)
  • Presence Conference - Promo (2010)
  • Hillsong - A Beautiful Exchange (2010)
  • RICE Revolution Conference (2010)
  • C3 - Undivided (2010)
  • Loveis Album (2010)
  • Abandoned Single Ft. Northie (2013)
  • "LUKAS - Live At The Grove Film & EP" (2015)

References[edit]

  1. ^ By Your Side. Special features. Hillsong Music. 2001. 
  2. ^ "More Than Life Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Member Of Attributed Artist". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "Member Of Attributed Artist". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "The 44th Annual Gma Dove Awards Nominees 2013". FuseMix. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  6. ^ "Dove Award Nomination!". Kid Inspiration. Retrieved 5 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Music". LUKAS - Worship + Training. A Worship Movement - Central Coast, Australia. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  8. ^ For God So Loved. Shout Publishing. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  9. ^ Honestly so blown away that our new @hopeuc Easter song is #1 on iTunes!. Twitter. Retrieved 17 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "MTV Nokia Be Heard". FasterLouder. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  11. ^ "About". LUKAS - Worship + Training. A Worship Movement - Central Coast, Australia. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  12. ^ "LUKAS — LUKAS 10 Year Anniversary Limited Edition CD". Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "All Of The Above". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "Cornerstone". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  15. ^ "Empires". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  16. ^ "Glorious Ruins". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  17. ^ "The Griswolds". Wind-Up Records. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  18. ^ "LUKAS Live At The Grove EP". Hallels. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  19. ^ LUKAS Live At The Grove YouTube. Shout Publishing. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  20. ^ "Family Reunion". Instagram. Retrieved 29 January 2016. 
  21. ^ "Luke Munns". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  22. ^ "Luke Munns". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 January 2016. 
  23. ^ "Luke Munns". SongSelect. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
  24. ^ thelukasband. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 

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