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Worship Artist House of Peace Hits Top of Secular Pop Charts with ‘Love Is a Flame’

With over 9,000 radio spins worldwide, Florida-based band, House of Peace is topping the secular pop charts with the release of “Love Is a Flame” off of their album Welcome to the River from Rex Records.

David Liscum, the band’s leading member and producer of Welcome to the River, said as a worship artist, it’s been phenomenal to have such a major impact on the secular charts.

“It’s been interesting to have secular news outlets comment on the song and what they think it means, but ‘Love is a Flame’ is talking about God like all of our other songs do. The Flame represents the Holy Spirit and the personal connection that we have with God, along with the power of His presence and love,” he said.

“Love Is a Flame” has charted on Digitalradiotracker.com (DRT) in the top 200 (it ranked at 121 as of 3-20-2021) alongside some of the top pop artists like Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Weeknd. The band also had the No. 1 downloaded song this week for Adult Contemporary and was ranked No. 4 for Triple A on the Play MPE® charts.

“We saved the best for last. We knew from the radio survey that the song would be well received. After we released the song ‘My Love’ on secular radio last year, it did much better than we anticipated, so we knew early-on ‘Love Is a Flame’ would have a similar impact on listeners, globally. We are excited to see it topping the charts,” Liscum said.  

 

 

In addition to encouraging those in the church, Welcome to the River is reaching those outside of the church walls.

“There are a lot of corporate worship albums out there, and we love those kinds of projects, but we wanted to do something artistic that’s a little outside of the box in regard to radio and what the rest of the worship community is doing,” Liscum said.

He said the song has influences of Coldplay and Snow Patrol combined with powerful string arrangements and haunting vocals that have defined the band’s signature sound.

After making waves in the mainstream market, the song is now going for adds at Christian radio stations across the country.

Liscum recruited Grammy and Dove nominated producer Sean Moffitt on the project to mix “Love Is a Flame.” Moffit is best known for his work with artists like TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Lauren Daigle, Tauren Wells, Josh Groban and Zach Williams.

“Love Is a Flame” is from the full-length album, Welcome to the River, which House of Peace released late last year. “Love Is a Flame” was released on the heels of the song “My Love,” which also exploded on mainstream radio. The band is expected to follow up with an EDM version of “Love Is a Flame” later this spring.

“The song has provided us an opportunity to share our love of the Lord with people all over the world. It also has given us a chance to let people everywhere know how much God loves them and that’s contagious,” Liscum said.

Welcome to the River features 13 songs, which were written and produced by Liscum. This is the first time he served in the producer role on a full-length project from the group. Welcome to the River a follow-up to Into the Great Unknown. Songs from Welcome to the River have been featured in reality shows and on TV commercials.

Welcome to the River is available digitally and on streaming outlets, globally, on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and more.

Hillsong Young & Free release 4 radio edits of World Outside Your Window

Hillsong Young & Free, the youth movement born out of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, has released 4 new radio edits of, “World Outside Your Window” from their previously released and Grammy Nominated album ‘’All Of My Best Friends’’.

“Is it possible that there’s a world outside our windows that we could easily allow to pass us by? We have the best news in the world… so let’s not be silent, let’s lift our voice and make it loud… Jesus is the answer. ‘World Outside Your Window’ is a call to salvation that inspires an anthem for all creation. It’s full of faith and celebration that we believe is necessary as the world seeks answers in such tumultuous times.” – Laura Toggs

“World Outside Your Window” is the collective’s first 2021 radio single. Young & Free’s original album that released in August 2020 earned the group a 2021 GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Contemporary Christian Album” and marked their second career nomination. Since its debut, “ALL OF MY BEST FRIENDS” has garnered more than 40M global streams and over 13M combined YouTube views.

 

Hillsong Worship ushers in Easter with new EP project

Hillsong Worship has announced the release of their latest project, “AT EASTER.” Available worldwide, the brand-new EP features a compilation of five revamped Hillsong classic anthems that take the listener on a Resurrection journey from Pilgrimage (“How Can You Refuse Him Now?”) to Praise (“King of Kings”).

“Hillsong Worship exists to serve the global church with songs of worship and praise that glorify Jesus Christ,” says Brooke Ligertwood. “‘AT EASTER’ is a collection of Calvary-centered songs, refreshed and reinvigorated for believers everywhere to use in worship this Easter as we give thanks for the death, resurrection and extraordinary love of our Savior.”

“AT EASTER” releases on the heels of the group’s current single, “Fresh Wind.” The timely track that champions the Church to be ‘the fragrance of Christ’ in a divided world is resonating with people around the globe. The song is the highest U.S. audio streaming debut of any Hillsong track to date, amassing more than 942k street week streams. Globally, the single now has more than 3.2 MILLION streams. The “Fresh Wind” lyric video can be viewed here.”

With over 3 BILLION career streams, 5.1 MILLION global tracks, and over 20 MILLION career album sales, Hillsong Worship continues to reach nations and generations by writing and leading songs that influence both individual devotion and congregational worship for the glory of God.

“AT EASTER” Track Listing:
How Can You Refuse Him Now? (Pilgrimage)
Man of Sorrows (Passion)
Isaiah 53:1-6 (Profession)
Agnus Dei / King of Kings (Passion, Chidima, Jenn Johnson, Brooke Ligertwood)
King of Kings (Praise)

Preacher’s Kid Knocks Lauren Daigle off top of iTunes Christian Charts

It takes a pretty special song to knock Lauren Daigle’s Look Up Child off the top of the iTunes Christian and Gospel Charts, but Semler’s Preacher’s Kid has done just that.

However, there is a catch. The album is about coming out as a Christian, venturing into un-chartered waters in the contemporary Christian music scene.

The openly gay artist hitting number one on iTunes’ Christian charts sets a new precedent. The album is also marked as “explicit”.

Hillsong United releases The People Tour – Live From Madison Square Garden

Today, multi-platinum-selling and award-winning Christian music powerhouse Hillsong UNITED released, The People Tour: Live from Madison Square Garden, their live full- length album recorded at the famed venue. The new release arrives with the accompanying concert film on Amazon Prime, free to stream for Prime members, making it among the few full-concert experience offerings for home viewers since the start of the global pandemic.

The People Tour: Live from Madison Square Garden album and concert experience arrive during unprecedented times, where touring has been forced on an indefinite recess. The album and concert visual seek to offer fans a live Hillsong UNITED concert experience from the comfort and safety of their homes. Recorded during their 2019 “The People Tour,” the 23-track release allows for an immersive listening experience from one of the most iconic music venues in the world, Madison Square Garden.

“Playing at MSG is a pipe dream no one really expects to become a reality. Even now, the fact that we had the opportunity to play such an iconic venue gives me chills. But this night was about way more than just a venue, and its significance lies in what it stands for— and why we have always done what we do,” says Jonathon Douglass, of Hillsong UNITED. “We are simply a group of people who have always trusted in God, and poured our lives into creating an opportunity for others to experience who Jesus is and the grace He makes available for ALL. We are so grateful that we had the opportunity to capture what took place on that night at MSG. I don’t say this lightly, it was a night we will never forget and a night are so excited to now get to share with the world. We believe it will inspire and encourage you wherever you find yourself right now.”

Complete Track Listing

Ready or Not
Wonder
Relentless (Remix)
Touch The Sky
Interlude
Behold (Then Sings My Soul)
Whole Heart (Hold Me Now)
Highlands (Song Of Ascent)
Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)
Another In The Fire
What A Beautiful Name
Not Today
As You Find Me
The Stand
From The Inside Out / Came To My Rescue
Rain / Reign
O Praise The Name (Anástasis)
Starts And Ends – Amanda Lindsey Cook
So Will I (100 Billion X)
With Everything
Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
Good Grace
Echoes (Till We See The Other Side) – Mack Brock

Hillsong Worship’s New Single, ‘Fresh Wind’

Hillsong Worship has announced the release of their latest single, “Fresh Wind.” Out today, the brand-new song features lead vocals from Hillsong Worship’s Brooke Ligertwood and David Ware.

Hillsong Worship, comprised of a diverse global community and built on the foundation of connection and community, was tasked with creating their newest release amidst the unprecedented challenge of isolation and travel restrictions. As a result, “Fresh Wind” was recorded across several cities, including Sydney, Australia and Los Angeles, CA.

 

“‘Fresh Wind’ is not only a new worship song for any believer with whom it might resonate, but the sincere cry of our hearts for Christ’s church,” says Ligertwood. “In a world angry and divided, we truly need the Church to be ‘the fragrance of Christ’ – and we cannot be and dare not try to be without the help of the precious Holy Spirit. We – really – need a fresh wind.”

With over 3 billion career streams, 5.1 million global track sales, and over 20 million career album sales, Hillsong Worship continues to reach nations and generations by writing and leading songs that influence both individual devotion and congregational worship for the glory of God.

Hillsong Worship releases special compilation project ‘Take Heart (Again)’

GRAMMY® Award-winning and multi-platinum selling Christian music powerhouse, Hillsong Worship, announce the release their latest album, “Take Heart (Again).” A collaborative expression of familiar yet newly potent declarations of praise featuring members from Hillsong Worship, Hillsong UNITED, and Hillsong Young & Free, the project is available worldwide today via Capitol Records.

“Take Heart (Again)” is a continuation of the faith-filled messages that Hillsong Worship was built on and a reminder that “taking heart” is not a one-time occurrence. Consisting of both timeless and more recent songs from the group’s extensive catalogue, many of the tracks take on a new meaning in our current world where declarations of hope, faith, and God’s love are so important.

“This album encapsulates our prayer that we would take heart in this season,” says Hillsong Worship’s Brooke Ligertwood. “That as we read the next headline, or receive the next report, whether good or bad, we would take heart again, put our hope in Jesus again, confess his Lordship again. He has been faithful in the past and He will be faithful again.”

The 12-track compilation features some of the group’s most beloved praise and worship songs including Hillsong classics “Hosanna,” “Eagle’s Wings,” and “Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) / Life,” as well as more recent favorites like “Who You Say I Am,” “New Wine,” and much more.
“As we pray again, lament again, rejoice again, declare again, love mercy again, praise again – we do so in absolute faith that we will see God’s goodness again, experience His presence again and see Him keep His promises again,” adds Ligertwood. “We will take heart, again, and God will be faithful again, because faithfulness is not just what He does – it’s who He is.”

“Take Heart (Again)” Track List:
1. Hosanna
2. For Those Who Are To Come
3. New Wine
4. Heart of God
5. I Surrender
6. Selah / All My Life
7. Take Heart (MMXX)
8. Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace) / Life
9. Who You Say I Am
10. Highs & Lows
11. Eagle’s Wings
12. Still / P E A C E

Justin Bieber shares his faith in new documentary

The story continues after the record-breaking docuseries “Justin Bieber: Seasons” and provides viewers an exclusive look at the last eight months of Bieber’s life during this unprecedented time of uncertainty.

In this exclusive YouTube documentary, Bieber opens up about trying to set a healthy example of a strong marriage and family unit for his fans, saying: “Chance and I’s hearts align in what we want to accomplish. We’re both in a place in our lives where we want to show this message of hope: I have this hope in my relationship with God, and I have hope in my relationship with my wife.

Faith is playing a greater role in Justin Bieber’s life, which is now flowing into his music.

Tobymac Releases ‘I’m Sorry’

TobyMac has released a new song, ‘I’m Sorry’, as a way of apologizing to God on how far we have fallen short.

“Over a year ago as I stood with my wife and a group of friends on the Arbel Cliffs in Israel, our tour guide began to recite by memory the sermon on the mount… completely unannounced,” Toby explained on Instagram.

“The words of Jesus from Matthew 5, 6 and 7 struck me as if I had never read them before. I realized just how far we have strayed from what Jesus is asking of us. This (song) is simply my response, not judgment. I am deeply sorry for how far we have fallen short. And Godly sorrow leads to repentance. The church is God‘s plan, and I love it…. that’s why I had to write this song.
#wakeUsUp”