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Country Australia
Denomination Australian Christian Churches
Founded 2004
Senior pastor(s) Russell Evans and Sam Evans

Planetshakers is a Pentecostal Christian adults and youth movement in Melbourne, Australia. It is also the name of the church band with an important number of album releases.

Church Campus[edit]

Planetshakers Church (formerly Melbourne City Church) is a Pentecostal Christian 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.[1]

Currently, Planetshakers has four campuses in Melbourne; City, North East, South East and Geelong, with an additional two international campuses; Cape Town, South Africa and Los Angeles, 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."[1]


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".[1] The 2003 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.[2][3]

In 2004, their album Open Up the Gates was nominated for the "Praise and Worship Album of the Year" Dove Award.[4]

It was reported in 2008 that Michael Guglielmucci, former bass player in the Planetshakers band, had fraudulently claimed he was dying of cancer.[5][6] During this time Guglielmucci received money from supporters who believed his illness was real.[7] Guglielmucci also released the single "Healer", a song of encouragement for believers who were suffering from cancer.[8] Guglielmucci explained his actions as being a result of a long-term pornography addiction.[9][10]


  • Phenomena (January 2001)
  • So Amazing (January 2001)
  • Rain Down (January 2003)
  • Open Up the Gates (January 2004)
  • (My King) Praise & Worship (live, August 2004)
  • Saviour of the World (January 2006)
  • Pick It Up (January 2006)
  • Always and Forever (January 2006)
  • Arise (January 2006)
  • All That I Want: Live Praise and Worship (live, January 2006)
  • Worship Him: 25 of Planetshakers' Greatest Worship Anthems (January 2006)
  • Never Stop (January 2007)
  • Free (January 2007)
  • Evermore (January 2008)
  • All for Love (January 2008)
  • Beautiful Savior (live, January 2008)
  • One (June 2009)
  • Heal Our Land (April 2010)
  • Reflector (live, January 2011)
  • Nothing Is Impossible (June 2011)
  • Decade: Lift Up Your Eyes (January 2012)
  • Deeper (Live Worship from Planetshakers City Church) (live, January 2012)
  • Even Greater (March 2012)
  • Limitless (January 2013)
  • Endless Praise (live, March 2014) (also a deluxe edition)
  • Nada es Imposible (in Spanish, June 2014)
  • This Is Our Time (live, October 2014)
  • Outback Worship Sessions (May 2015)
  • #LETSGO (live, September 2015)
  • Momentum (live in Manila, March 2016)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ Lallo, Michael (8 April 2007). "Young believers pray and sway to a new beat". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 1 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Rhema on Planetshakers". Rhemadev. Archived from the original on 14 September 2008. 
  4. ^ "Open Up The Gates". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved 27 January 2015. 
  5. ^ Smith, Sharon (29 August 2008). "Chart-topping pastor's cancer lie". 7News. Adelaide, Australia. p. 1. 
  6. ^ Wheatley, Kim (22 August 2008). "Go to police, church tells lying pastor; praise to the fraud". The Advertiser. Adelaide, Australia. pp. 1–2. 
  7. ^ Wheatley, Kim (11 September 2008). "Porn pastor unlikely to face charges | The Advertiser". The Advertiser. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Russell, Mark (16 November 2008). "That's Sir Conman to you, copper: 2008's bizarre rap sheet". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. 
  9. ^ "Fake cancer preacher admits porn addiction". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Money back pledge from disgraced pastor". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 26 August 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 

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