California's Jesus Culture is an international Christian revivalist youth outreach ministry that utilizes the power of music to spread its message. Led by youth worship leader and pastor Kim Walker-Smith, the Jesus Culture Band, which initially released albums through the ministry's own record label, "Jesus Culture Music", started issuing nearly annual live praise and worship albums beginning with 2006's Everything. Showcasing individual artists like Kim Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala, Bryan & Katie Torwalt, Chris McClarney, and Derek Johnson, as well as the whole collective, Jesus Culture became one of the most prominent and influential CCM acts, selling over a million albums worldwide. In 2015, they issued their first compilation album, This Is Jesus Culture, a collection drawn from the group's previous albums that was their first release under a new recording contract with Sparrow Records, a spiritual imprint of EMI Records. The collective's follow-up, Let It Echo (2016), debuted at number one on the Christian/Gospel charts. Their 2017 release, Love Has a Name, was recorded at their home church in Sacramento. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi
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Hillsong United began as the youth ministry band of Sydney, Australia's Hillsong Church. Originally dubbed United Live, the group was first led by singers/songwriters Reuben Morgan and Marty Sampson. Their 1999 debut, Everyday, established their creative template: each album was recorded live at the annual October youth conference Encounterfest -- enabling contributions from a variety of church members, friends, and supporters, including the popular Christian folk chanteuse Brooke Fraser -- and released on CD and DVD early the following year. When Morgan left United Live in 2002 to mount a solo career, Joel Houston took his place, prompting the name change to Hillsong United.
In the years to follow, their popularity snowballed on both sides of the equator, with 2006's United We Stand emerging as the year's best-selling Christian LP at Canadian retail. All of the Above found similar success in 2007, as did 2009's a_CROSS//the_EARTH: Tear Down the Walls and its accompanying live album, Faith + Hope + Love. The CD/DVD set We're All in This Together showed up in 2011, with the double-disc Live in Miami: Welcome to the Aftermath arriving a year later.
In 2013, the group released Zion, their third studio album proper. It became their first Australian number one, and also hit the Top Five of the Billboard 200 in the U.S. Organic versions of the album's songs landed on the EP Zion Acoustic Sessions later that year, while 2014 saw the group offer something more dancefloor-oriented with The White Album: Remix Project. The year 2015 brought the full-length Empires, which returned them to the number one spot at home. The live LP Of Dirt and Grace: Live from the Land followed in 2016. The group later headed to Los Angeles to record their fifth studio record. Wonder was released in 2017, and featured worship leaders Joel Houston and Matt Crocker delivering a collection of uplifting and inspirational pop- and rock-infused tracks. ~ Jason Ankeny & Steve Leggett, Rovi
GRAMMY® nominated Hillsong Young & Free is the youth worship team at Hillsong Church. Young & Free is the third extension of the Hillsong worship ministry, which also includes Hillsong Worship and Hillsong United. Their first album We Are Young & Free (Live) (2013) and second album Youth Revival (Live) (2016), both garnered No. 1 spots on Billboard’s Top Christian / Gospel Albums Chart. With a positive message and EDM and pop-influenced sound, Young & Free has scored five No. 1 radio singles and received positive coverage on MTV, MTV Hits, mtvU, along with other influential pop-culture platforms and blogs. Young & Free continues to fill arenas across the globe for live worship events, and has engaged millions of social media users in an online conversation about what it means for today’s youth to be followers of Jesus. Their latest project III is the third LP from the band and their first full-length studio album.
With a catalogue sung by an estimated 50 million people worldwide each week, Hillsong Worship is passionate about equipping and mobilising believers everywhere with Christ-centered songs of God-glorifying worship for the building of the Church.
For almost three decades Hillsong Worship has served people across nations and generations, travelling the world leading diverse expressions of the Church in the worship of Jesus. By God’s grace it’s ‘local church’ worship songs such as ‘Shout To The Lord’, ‘Mighty To Save’, ‘Hosanna’, ‘Cornerstone’, ‘Forever Reign’, ‘Broken Vessels’, ’This I Believe (The Creed)’, 'What A Beautiful Name' have become the songs of local churches all over the globe, in addition to finding a place in the personal devotion of individual believers everywhere.
Cody Carnes is a worship leader who is passionate about creating space where innovative artistry and authentic worship can collide. As a songwriter, he's penned numerous cuts recorded by his wife, GRAMMY-nominee Kari Jobe Carnes, as well as the powerful corporate anthem, "The Cross Has The Final Word." He also wrote or cowrote every song on his full-length debut, The Darker The Night / The Brighter The Morning (Capitol CMG), a sonically compelling project that marries declaritive lyrics with infectious pop-infused melodies.