Hillsong United’s New Album “EMPIRES”
I received the new “Empires” CD by Hillsong United from FlyByPromotions. I had heard their music before, especially the songs that our worship team at church uses for the service. The music on the past albums has been a bit of a different sound that this CD. The music was wonderful, and more mellow than I’ve heard from them before.
It was also a blessing to be a part of a conference call with Taya Smith last week. She is one of the singers, and hearing from her and how this came from their heart was a blessing. I absolutely loved how she said that she didn’t want to be called an artist, but just a worship team member. I loved that. Too many times in today’s world, even those that do proclaim Christ and sing what they feel is worship, sometimes go off a bit and think it’s about the fame, the money, the attention. Taya pretty much said that it’s for God, and I loved that!!
My husband listened to the CD, as well, and like I said before, he felt it was a very different sound than we’re used to from Hillsong United. It is great and one that I would recommend for those that just love worship! There’s a sample of one of their songs below, as well as the story behind it, so enjoy!
About the Album:
Hillsong UNITED’s next project EMPIRES follows 2013’s ZION, the group’s most successful and fastest selling album to date, selling over 400k units, and includes the Platinum selling single, Oceans. With over 1.7 million albums sold, and over 30 million people singing their songs every Sunday, UNITED has set a precedent in the church that will only grow with the impact of EMPIRES. The debut single from EMPIRES, Touch the Sky, premiered worldwide on Amazon and radio March 24.
Formed in 1998 out of the youth ministry of Australia’s massive Hillsong Church, the nine-member band dominated Christian music for much of 2013 and 2014 with the platinum-selling Oceans (Where Feet May Fail). Just last week, they won the award for top Christian artist at the Billboard Music Awards. The nine-member group’s newest album, Empires, promises to continue the group’s arena- and megachurch-headlining success with an expansive worship-music style that draws on alternative pop, grand-scale rock.
The group takes simple songs — sung by four vocalists, including Taya Smith, who took lead on Oceans— and pads them until they’re lofty in scope. Not one song on Empires runs less than four minutes, and some run longer than eight or nine minutes.
Much of the appeal of Empires comes from the mood it creates. While the washes of reverb and synthesizers can threaten to bury gently murmured vocals in the mix, the effect is still soothing and reassuring. And if only the occasional lyrical phrases emerge from the sonic mist — “I touched the sky when my knees hit the ground” or “I’ll follow your voice straight into the dark” — that’s still enough to convey the message.
1. Here Now (Madness)
2. Say the Word
3. Heart Like Heaven
4. Touch the Sky
5. Street Called Mercy
6. When I Lost My Heart To You (Hallelujah)
7. Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)
8. Prince Of Peace
12. Closer Than You Know
Audio CD (May 26, 2015)
Original Release Date: 2015
Number of Discs: 1
About The Band:
UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connect with churches, individuals and ultimately connect people everywhere with God. UNITED serve in church as a part of the wider Hillsong Worship and Creative team when they are home. When on tour, they are accompanied by the whole Hillsong team’s support and prayers that their ministry would arrest hearts and point people to Jesus, impacting individuals, local youth groups and local churches.
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