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WHO IS HILLSONG MUSIC AUSTRALIA?
Over the years a contemporary sound of praise and worship has emerged from the heart of Hillsong Church and has been embraced by Christians and churches around the world.
For 15 years, Hillsong Music Australia (HMA) has been producing and distributing this music and resources that today reach people in some 90 countries. From Hillsong Church's live praise and worship CDs, to leadership teaching and training designed to equip church leaders and individual Christians, HMA is all about resourcing the Church world-wide
Over the years, the reach and impact that our music has had on the lives of individuals and churches has continued to grow, something that we are both honoured and humbled by.
The songs captured on our CDs and DVDs come from the heart of Hillsong Church, written by gifted songwriters and musicians who are committed to Christ, His Church and bringing heartfelt worship to Him in our church week in and week out.
All proceeds from the sale of our resources are sown directly back into the work of the ministry and help support the many initiatives of the church.
Hillsong Music is a vital part of what God has entrusted to Hillsong Church to do both in Australia and internationally with its primary function being resourcing and equipping the Church around the world. Senior Pastor Brian Houston says of the success of the music "All we've ever done is just have church. This is what God has anointed us to do. It's about reaching and influencing people. The worship is what it is because of the spirit of the church. The songs reflect the heart of the church."
The worship team at Hillsong Church is led by Pastor Darlene Zschech, writer of Shout To The Lord which is said to be sung in more than 30 million churches worldwide every weekend. Darlene works with a dedicated team of singers and musicians, as well as a highly trained production team who, week in and week out, give of their time and energy to lead their church into an atmosphere of worship. It is this dedication that is reflected on the albums. God is continually raising up new songwriters within the team with the result that new songs are being taught to the church almost every weekend.
Through our music and resource, our goal is to:
Enable people to enter into new dimension and atmosphere of praise and worship to the Lord
To empower people, ministries and churches through relevant, bible-based teaching, leadership and praise and worship.
To share some of what God is doing here at Hillsong with other Christians around the world, as well as people outside of the Church.
Hillsong Music Australia is the resource arm of Hillsong Church, a rapidly growing Church in Sydney, Australia pastored by Brian and Bobbie Houston. Hillsong Church (formerly the Hills Christian Life Centre) had its first service on 14 August 1983 with a congregation of 45 people meeting in a high school hall.
From its humble beginnings as a single desk operation, HMA has grown to the dynamic music label it is today.
"Hillsongs" as it was originally called recorded its first album in 1988. 'Spirit And Truth' was a studio recording featuring eleven songs. The sphere of influence of this album was the church and a few friends of the church. From there, came 'Show Your Glory' in 1990. Also a studio recording, this was the first album to be marketed and distributed outside Australia, edging its way into the European market.
'Hillsongs' operated from a one room office based from the church for some years but as it began to grow, the marketing and distribution of the resources was taken on by Christian Marketing Australasia.
In time, the music began to become more established and the annual Hillsong Conference rapidly grew. As the popularity of the music spread throughout Australia and beyond, various distribution companies around the world began to seek after the distribution rights to the music in their territories. Today, Hillsong Music is distributed in close to 90 countries and territories worldwide. The music has also been translated into a number of languages the world over.
In July 1997, Hillsong Music Australia took over the Australian marketing and distribution responsibilities. HMA now distributes directly to all Christian retail stores nationally.
In January 1999, Hillsong resources were released into the mainstream Australian market by Warner Music Australia. Then in July 2003, an agreement was entered into with Sony Music Australia to distribute the Hillsong Live albums into this growing market sector.
Every week letters and emails are received telling of the impact Hillsong Music resource is having in people's lives. From every corner of the earth the music coming out of this 'local church from Down Under' is impacting people in ways that only God can be glorified for. What a privilege to work in partnership with Him.
Live Praise & Worship Albums
In 1992 we recorded our first live recording 'The Power Of Your Love', followed in 1993 'Stone's Been Rolled Away' which was our first live album to also be captured on video. This paved the way for a new live praise and worship album annually. These have included:
2006 - 'Mighty To Save'
2005 - 'God He Reigns'
2004 - 'For All You've Done'
2003 - 'Hope'
2003 - Unified Praise - Hillsong and Delirious
2002 - 'Blessed'
2001 - 'You Are My World'
2000 - 'For This Cause'
1999 - 'By Your Side'
1998 - 'Touching Heaven Changing Earth'
1997 - 'All Things Are Possible'
1996 - 'God Is In The House'
1995 - 'Friends in High Places'
1994 - 'People Just Like Us'
1993 - 'Stone's Been Rolled Away'
1992 - 'The Power of Your Love'
'Mighty To Save' is Hillsong's 15th and most recent live album. Recorded in the Sydney Entertainment Centre with our church, it was released in July 2006.
Next Generation Praise & Worship
A fresh sound of contemporary Christian music is emerging. Hillsong United, is the 'next generation' of praise and worship, and since 1999, the youth ministry of Hillsong Church has been recorded an album. The Hillsong United series has seen incredible growth around the world in recent years. Titles include:
2006 - 'United We Stand'
2005 - 'Look to You'
2004 - 'More than Life'
2003 - ''To The Ends Of The Earth'
2002 - 'King of Majesty'
2001 - 'Best Friend'
2000 - 'United Live: Everyday'
With a vibrant and growing children's ministry, Hillsong Kids launched their first album in 2004 with 'Jesus Is My Superhero', then 'Super Strong God' in 2005. The Hillsong Kids series features live, energetic kids praise and worship specifically kids and kid's ministries.
Hillsong Church London has also released its own albums which build a 'UK flavour' into the Hillsong Live experience. They release 'Shout God's Fame' in 2004, and in 2006 launched the 'Jesus Is' album.
HMA has also released a number of studio and compilation albums including 'Hillsong Worship Series', 'Hillsong Instrumental Series', and 'The Platinum Collection Volume 1 and 2', 'Celebrating Christmas', 'Hills Praise' and the recently released 'Songs For Communion'.
Integrity Music USA have recorded two live albums at Hillsong Church entitled 'Shout To The Lord', which has currently overshot the 500 000 in worldwide sales mark, and 'Shout To The Lord 2000'. The latter attaining number two status on the US Christian charts and making it to the Billboard charts.
Awards & Recognition
To date, 14 live praise & worship albums have been accredited with the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Gold status in Australia. One live praise & worship album, 'People Just Like Us' has achieved ARIA Platinum status.
Two other Hillsong albums (a studio album 'Simply Worship' and youth album 'United Live') have achieved ARIA gold status.
One Hillsong kids DVD ('Jesus Is My Superhero') has also achieved ARIA Gold status
The album 'God He Reigns' (2005) debuted at No. 2 on the ARIA charts in July 2005, with the DVD debuting at No. 1 on the ARIA Top 20 DVD charts.
The album 'For All You've Done' (2004) debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA charts in July 2004 and remained in the Top 100 for 11 weeks. The DVD debuted at No. 4 on the ARIA Top 40 DVD charts.
In July 2003 'Hope' debuted at Number 3 on the ARIA Album charts and the DVD of 'Hope' debuted at number 1 on the ARIA Top 40 DVDs.
In July 2002, 'Blessed' debuted at Number 4 on the ARIA Top 100 Album charts in July 2002. The DVD debuted at number 2 on the ARIA Top 40 DVD charts. 'Blessed' became the number 2 best-selling Christian album in the USA on its release in September 2002.
Hillsong Music Australia has been accredited with over 30 gold and platinum sales awards achieved worldwide.
'Blessed' also received a nomination for the Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.
'Blessed' became the No. 2 best-selling Christian album in the USA on its release in September 2002.
'You Are My World' received a nomination for the 2002 Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.
'By Your Side' received a nomination for the 2001 Dove Awards 'Praise & Worship Album of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.
The song 'Shout to the Lord' written by Darlene Zschech was nominated for the 1998 Dove Awards 'Song of the Year' category at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.
The song 'My Hope' written by Darlene Zschech was nominated for the 2004 Dove Awards 'Inspirational Song of the Year' at the Gospel Music Awards in Nashville, USA.
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