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Planetshakers Church
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Conference in 2005
Location Melbourne, Geelong, Cape Town, Austin, Geneva and Singapore[1]
Denomination Australian Christian Churches
Weekly attendance 17,000
Founded 1997
Founder(s) Russell Evans and Sam Evans
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Planetshakers is an evangelical Christian Pentecostal megachurch adult and youth movement in Melbourne, Australia. It is also the name of the church band with a number of significant album releases. The band and the church has seen a lot of success having been nominated for multiple Dove Awards. Planetshakers also consists of other church campuses around the world including Austin, Texas,[2][3] Cape Town, South Africa,[4][5] Singapore,[6] and Geneva, Switzerland.[7]


Planetshakers Church (formerly Melbourne City Church) is a Pentecostal Christian church affiliated with Australian Christian Churches, the Assemblies of God in Australia. Formed as an Australian Christian Conference and band in 1997. The conference originated from within Paradise Community Church now known as Influencers Church, in Adelaide South Australia. It is now based in Melbourne, Australia.[8] The church started when the band and ministry moved to Melbourne in 2004. The church's senior pastor's are Russell and Sam Evans and has over 17,000 members.[9][not in citation given] Russell Evans is the son of longtime pastor Andrew Evans.

Currently, Planetshakers has five campuses in Melbourne; City, North, North East, South East and Geelong, with an additional four international campuses in Switzerland, Singapore, South Africa, and United States. 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."[9]


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Planetshakers band in live concert
Background information
Origin Adelaide, Australia
Genres Contemporary worship music, contemporary Christian music
Years active 2000–present
Labels Integrity

A central part of Planetshakers' ministry is the contemporary worship music band "The Planetshakers".[9] The 2002 Australian Idol winner Guy Sebastian is a former member of the band, taking both lead and backup vocal parts on the 2002 and 2003 albums and conferences.[10][11]

In 2004, their album Open Up the Gates, was nominated for the "Praise and Worship Album of the Year" Dove Award.[12][not in citation given]

It was reported in 2008 that Michael Guglielmucci, former bass player in the Planetshakers band, had fraudulently claimed he was dying of cancer.[13][14] During this time Guglielmucci received money from supporters who believed his illness was real.[15] Guglielmucci wrote the "Healer" song for the album "Savior of the World" was released in June 2006. "Healer" is a song of encouragement for believers who were suffering from cancer.[16] Guglielmucci explained his actions as being a result of a long-term pornography addiction.[17][18]

Endless Praise: Live, released in March 2014, reached No. 3 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart[19] and No. 16 in on the Billboard Christian Albums chart.[20] The video of the song "Endless Praise" was nominated for Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2014.[21]

The album, Nada es Imposible, in Spanish which was released in July 2014, reached position No. 17 on the Billboard "Latin Pop Albums" chart[22] and was nominated by the Premios Arpa in three categories: best group or duo album, album rock or hard rock and producer of 2014.[23]

The video of the song "This is Our Time" was nominated for the Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2014.[24]

The video of the song "Let's Go" was nominated for the Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2015.[25]

The video of the song "Overflow" was nominated for Dove Award Long Form Video of the Year 2016.[26]

Planetshakers was nominated for the Dove Award in the category: "Spanish Language Album of the Year" "Sé Quién Eres Tú (feat. Su Presencia)".[27]


Albums series

  • When the Planet Rocked (January 2000)
  • So Amazing (January 2001)
  • Phenomena (January 2001)
  • Reflector (January 2002)
  • Open Up the Gates (April 2002)
  • (My King) Praise & Worship (live, January 2003)
  • Rain Down (live, August 2003)
  • Evermore (January 2005)
  • Always and Forever (January 2005)
  • Decade: Lift Up Your Eyes* (January 2005)
  • Pick It Up (January 2006)
  • Arise (January 2006)
  • Praise Him (May 2006)
  • Worship Him: 25 of Planetshakers' Greatest Worship Anthems (May 2006)
  • All That I Want: Live Praise and Worship (live, August 2006)
  • Never Stop (January 2007)
  • Saviour of the World (June 2007)
  • Free (January 2008)
  • Beautiful Saviour (live, January 2008)
  • All for Love (January 2008)
  • One (June 2009)
  • Deeper (Live Worship from Planetshakers City Church) (live, October 2009)
  • Even Greater (March 2010)
  • Nothing Is Impossible (June 2010)
  • Heal Our Land (April 2012)
  • Limitless (January 2013)
  • Endless Praise: Live (live, March 2014) (also a deluxe edition)
  • Nada es Imposible (in Spanish, July 2014)
  • This Is Our Time: Live (live, October 2014)
  • Outback Worship Sessions (May 2015)
  • #LETSGO (live, September 2015)
  • Overflow: Live (live, September 2016)
  • Sé quién eres tú (in Spanish, November 2016)
  • Legacy (live, September 2017) (also a deluxe edition)
  • Legado (in Spanish, November 2017)


  • Momentum (live in Manila, March 2016)
  • Legacy, Part. 1: Alive Again (live, March 2017)
  • Legacy, Part. 2: Passion (live, July 2017)
  • Christmas Vol. 1 (December 2017)
  • Heaven on Earth, Part. 1 (April 2018)
  • Heaven on Earth, Part. 2 (July 2018)

Audio Performance Trax - EPs

  • The Anthem (April 2005)
  • Nothing Is Impossible (August 2012)
  • Father (August 2012)
  • Unto God (March 2015)

With over 30 internationally acclaimed albums, the band tours annually to the US, UK, Europe, South Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and New Zealand.[28]

Planetshakers Kids[edit]

In 2013 they also present their first children's music production—Planetshakers Kids—as well as their first children's album: Nothing Is Impossible. The album was nominated for a GMA Dove Award as "Best Album of the Year for Children's Music".[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Planetshakers To Release New Music As The Ministry Celebrates 20th Anniversary". Retrieved 23 July 2017. 
  2. ^ Clarks, Jessie. "Planetshakers Releases 'Legacy' CD/DVD September 15". Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "Planetshakers Church -". Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "A wave of enthusiasm: Planetshakers Awakening Conference votes for grandMA2 -". Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "Planetshakers Church -". Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  6. ^ "Planetshakers Church -". Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  7. ^ "Planetshakers Church -". Retrieved 5 June 2018. 
  8. ^ "About Planetshakers - Daystar Television". Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c Hutchison, Tracee (11 January 2007). "Praise pit to faith". The 7.30 Report. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Archived from the original on 4 March 2015. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Lallo, Michael (8 April 2007). "Young believers pray and sway to a new beat". The Age. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  11. ^ "Rhema on Planetshakers". Rhemadev. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. 
  12. ^ "Open Up The Gates". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Smith, Sharon (29 August 2008). "Chart-topping pastor's cancer lie". 7News. Adelaide, Australia. p. 1. 
  14. ^ Wheatley, Kim (22 August 2008). "Go to police, church tells lying pastor; praise to the fraud". The Advertiser. Adelaide, Australia. pp. 1–2. 
  15. ^ Wheatley, Kim (11 September 2008). "Porn pastor unlikely to face charges | The Advertiser". The Advertiser. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  16. ^ Russell, Mark (16 November 2008). "That's Sir Conman to you, copper: 2008's bizarre rap sheet". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. 
  17. ^ "Fake cancer preacher admits porn addiction". ABC News. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Money back pledge from disgraced pastor". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Planetshakers Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  20. ^ "Planetshakers Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  21. ^ a b Alekz Aminadab Mundo (16 August 2014). "Se revelaron los nominados de la 45 edición de los Dove Awards". Onda Exclusiva (in Spanish). Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  22. ^ "Planetshakers Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved 19 June 2017. 
  23. ^ Premios Arpa. "Lista Oficial de Ganadores XI Edición Premios ARPA". Premios Arpa (in Spanish). Academia Nacional de la Música y las Artes Cristianas. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  24. ^ The Christian Beat (12 August 2015). "46th Annual GMA Dove Awards Full Nominations List". The Christian Beat. Retrieved 7 January 2018. 
  25. ^ GMA DOVE AWARDS (10 November 2015). "LONG FORM VIDEO OF THE YEAR – CAT 43". GMA DOVE AWARDS. Archived from the original on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  26. ^ GMA DOVE AWARDS (12 September 2017). "LONG FORM VIDEO OF THE YEAR – CAT 38". GMA DOVE AWARDS. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  27. ^ GMA DOVE AWARDS (12 September 2017). "SPANISH LANGUAGE ALBUM OF THE YEAR – CAT 28". GMA DOVE AWARDS. Retrieved 12 September 2017. 
  28. ^ Planetshakers (5 March 2018). "Planetshakers Music". Planetshakers. Retrieved 5 March 2018. 

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