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Planetshakers Church (formerly Melbourne City Church) is a PentecostalChristian church affiliated with Australian Christian Churches, the Assemblies of God in Australia. The church started when the Planetshakers band and ministry moved to Melbourne in 2004. The church is pastored by Russell and Sam Evans and has over 10,000 members. Currently, Planetshakers has 4 campuses in Melbourne; City, North East, South East and Geelong, with an additional 2 international campuses; Cape Town, South Africa and Los Angeles, USA. Its founder, Russell Evans, declared its aims "I believe that the church of God should be the greatest party on the planet... We're here not just to be local, we're here to be global and we can have the ability to influence the whole planet."
The Planetshakers band is a rock and worship band, a part of Planetshakers' ministry.
The Planetshakers band is the central part of their events. The 2003 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian was also a part of the Planetshakers band for several years, taking both lead and backup vocal parts on the 2002 and 2003 albums and conferences. Many of the musicians originated from Youth Alive South Australia, which also released CDs. Some of the songs written by current band members for the Youth Alive albums, such as 'Phenomena' and 'God of Miracles' (from Youth Alive Western Australia) have also featured on Planetshakers earlier albums.
In 2004, their album Open Up The Gates was nominated for the "Praise and Worship Album of the Year" Dove Award. In 2014, the Planetshakers Kids album Nothing Is Impossible was nominated for the "Children's Music Album of the Year" Dove Award, and the song Endless Praise for "Long Form Video of the Year".
Fraud allegations against former band member
It was reported in 2008 that Michael Guglielmucci, former bass player in the Planetshakers band, had fraudulently claimed he was dying of cancer. During this time Guglielmucci received money from supporters who believed his illness was real. Guglielmucci also released the single Healer, a song of encouragement for believers who were suffering from cancer. Guglielmucci explained his actions as being a result of a long-term pornography addiction.