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Hillsong Worship drops “These Same Skies” album

Hillsong Worship has unveiled their latest album, “These Same Skies.” Available across all digital platforms, the new compilation marks the multi-platinum selling group’s first live recording since the release of “There Is More” in 2018.

A physical version for “These Same Skies” has been released in Australia and the rest of the world from 3rd December. Listen to the album here.

The album is the first Hillsong Worship project recorded entirely stateside (in Orange County, Calif.), and is inspired by the Gospel of Matthew and the setting of the historical Sermon on the Mount. “These Same Skies” highlights Hillsong Worship leaders Brooke Ligertwood, Reuben Morgan, Benjamin Hastings, Aodhan King, Chris Davenport and Mi-kaisha Rose.

“It is under these same skies that Christ’s church–His body on earth–exists today,” says Ligertwood. “And–though separated by oceans and closed borders–the mission of Hillsong Worship continues under these same skies. One in heart and spirit, unified in mission and cause–to glorify the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to build His Church, and to serve His Church with the new song.

Adds Ligertwood, “We pray and believe that all of our labor sown in faith will mean a harvest for God’s glory, and we pray something that really blesses you and helps you to encounter Jesus in a fresh way in this season.”

“These Same Skies” features 11 newly penned powerful tracks, including the group’s recently released singles “That’s The Power (feat. Benjamin Hastings),” and “Never Walk Alone (feat. Mi-kaisha Rose).” Since its October debut, “Never Walk Alone (feat. Mi-kaisha Rose)” has seen more than 1.7 million global streams.

Watch the acoustic performance and hear the story behind “Never Walk Alone” here, and watch the acoustic performance, hear the story behind the song, and learn how to play “That’s The Power” here as part of Worship Together’s recent “New Song Café” series with Hillsong Worship.

Dove Awards to recognize Best in Contemporary Christian and Gospel Music

The GMA Dove Awards will return to a live, in-person event at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville, Tennessee on Tues., Oct. 19. The show will air exclusively on TBN on Fri., Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET and again at 10 p.m. ET.

Dove Award-winning Artists Natalie Grant and Jonathan McReynolds will co-host this year’s GMA Dove Awards. A few of the artists set to perform on the show include Lauren Daigle, Elevation Worship, KB, CeCe Winans and Zach Williams.

“We are thrilled to welcome back an in-person Dove Awards this year and equally excited about our impressive list of nominees,” said GMA President Jackie Patillo. “As we continue to celebrate the immense creativity and diversity within our community, we’re looking forward to an awards program this year’s nominees deserve.”

This year’s top nominations include Steven Furtick with ten (10) nominations, Chris Brown with nine (9), Wayne Haun with eight (8), seven (7) nominations each for Elevation Worship and Brandon Lake, six (6) to For King & Country and five (5) nods to CeCe Winans, Ed Cash, Tiffany Hammer (Hudson) and Zach Williams. For a complete list of nominees, visit

Annually, the GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. The theme of this year’s show, “Stronger Together,” highlights the strength in unity and resilience among the Christian/Gospel music community over the past year.

Voted on by the GMA Professional Membership, this year’s nominees were chosen from over 4,600 submitted entries and include a wide range of creativity and artistic integrity in both artist and non-artist categories. The nominations for the 52nd Annual GMA Dove Awards were previously announced at a live streamed event in August

The 52nd Annual GMA Dove Awards is a production of the Gospel Music Association.

Editor’s note: The awards were controversial in 2019 after Kirk Franklin vowed to boycott future Dove awards over the show editing racial injustice comments.

“During that awards speech I felt the responsibility, as a Christian and a man of colour, to address the civil unrest at that time that was plaguing our country,” he said in 2019. “I called upon the audience to remind them that as Christians, when we say nothing, we say everything. Unfortunately, when my speech was aired on TV, that part was edited out.

Lecrae went on to join Franklin in his boycott, stating at the time: “People have been wondering about my support of my friend and brother,” he stated in a video posted on Instagram. “I support my brother Kirk and until we have a conversation about these issues, I won’t be able to participate either, that’s just where I stand.”

Hillsong Young & Free releases Live EP, “Out Here On a Friday Where It All Began”

Hillsong Young & Free has dropped their latest musical project with the release of their live digital EP, “Out Here On A Friday Where It Began.”

Written over the course of just one week, Young & Free enlisted collaboration from several of their very own youth ministry members to help produce the compilation. “We couldn’t wait to introduce the new songs to our youth, so we recorded them LIVE on a Friday night barely three weeks later,” says Young & Free’s Laura Toggs.

Adds Toggs, “‘Out Here On A Friday Where It Began’ is our youth gathered together and declaring the name of Jesus and making a statement that the church is alive and we’re here.”

The EP releases on the heels of Young & Free’s newest single “Phenomena (DA DA).” Out alongside an accompanying lyric visual and live performance video, the high-energy track is already resonating with fans globally since its July 16 debut. The song has already amassed 600,000+ global streams and quickly approaching a half million YouTube views.


Since forming in 2013, Hillsong Young & Free has released a number of highly successful albums and more than 20 singles, acquiring over 545 MILLION YouTube channel views and 1.4 BILLION global career streams (with a 1.1 M global unit career consumption). The group’s full-length hit album, “ALL OF MY BEST FRIENDS” earned Young & Free 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 45M global streams and over 13M combined YouTube views.

With a combined social following of 3 MILLION plus fans, Young & Free has seen eight No. 1 career singles and ten Top 10 singles at Hot AC radio. Their debut album “We Are Young & Free” landed in the Top 25 on Billboard 200 while “Youth Revival” garnered the group its first-ever GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (2017). Their recent single “Every Little Thing” hit #1 at Hot AC radio for eight weeks, making it the longest running #1 for the band.

“Out Here On A Friday Where It Began” EP Track List:

Phenomena (DA DA) – Live
Freedom Is Coming – Live
House Of The Lord – Live
Selah – Josh – Live
Pride Of A Father – Live
Never Fail – Live
Song For His Presence – Live

Newsboys United announce they are splitting up

Christian band Newsboys has announced that their upcoming tour will be their last. The band, now known as Newsboys United, made the announcement on social media.

“Dear Newsboys Family, Four years ago, when Peter joined us on The Cross Has the Final Word, we never could have dreamed that a collaboration on a single song would turn into what it did,” they said.

“After three years of Newsboys United with Peter and Phil, we’ve traveled North America together, performed hundreds of concerts, rekindled old friendships, made lots of new memories, had a LOT of laughs, and released an album. The last 15 months have been a time of change for all of us, yet we’re looking ahead to the future—feeling refreshed from unanticipated time at home with our families and extra time in the studio.

“We’ve grown closer together, experienced a renewed excitement for making music, and worked harder than ever to create a new record we are proud of. We are excited to share it with you all very soon.The Newsboys team has been a family from the beginning. That will never change, but we wanted to take a moment to share with you that our time as Newsboys United will soon come to an end. The new album and tour this fall will continue on as before with Newsboys…Tait, Duncan, Jeff and Jody.”

The band, which originated out of Queensland, Australia, was founded in 1985 in the Sunshine Coast of Mooloolaba on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast by Peter Furler and George Perdikis. The band has released 17 studio albums, 6 of which have been certified gold.


As of 2019, the band consists of lead vocalist Michael Tait (formerly of DC Talk), drummer and percussionist Duncan Phillips, keyboardist and bassist Jeff Frankenstein, and guitarist Jody Davis. In addition to performing music, the band has appeared in the films God’s Not Dead, God’s Not Dead 2, and God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness.

Before disbanding, Newsboys United will do four more summer shows including Lifest Music City in Tennessee, two shows in Minnesota, and one last show in Indiana on August 13.

Hillsong Young & Free releases “Phenomena (DA DA)”

‘Phenomena (DA DA)’ or also known as “da da da da da da”. A song that gets into your head and into your heart. A statement song about the true reality we have in Jesus.

‘GRAMMY® nominated Hillsong Young & Free’s new single ‘Phenomena’ or also known as “da da da da da da”. A song that gets into your head and into your heart. A statement song about the true reality we have in Jesus. Recorded in LIVE in Sydney, Australia.

Young & Free continues to play an integral role in reaching this generation for Christ with their revamped contemporary approach.

“Just a few short weeks ago, we rallied Young & Free together to write new songs over the course of a week. We purposefully included a whole lot more young people from our youth ministry to jump in and get involved. The result from this writing week produced songs that we just couldn’t wait to introduce to our youth and so we recorded them LIVE on a Friday night a few weeks later.


It was a night full of fun and revival. Jesus was glorified and a new wave of young people making a statement that the church is alive and the future is bright.

Since forming in 2013, Hillsong Young & Free has released three highly successful albums and more than 20 singles, acquiring over 459 MILLION YouTube channel views and 1.2 BILLION global career streams (with a 700,000 plus global unit career consumption). With a combined social following of 3 MILLION plus fans, Young & Free has seen seven No. 1 career singles and 10 Top 5 singles at Hot AC radio. Their debut album “We Are Young & Free” landed in the Top 25 on Billboard 200 while “Youth Revival” garnered the group its first-ever GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album (2017). Their recent single “Every Little Thing” hit #1 at Hot AC radio for eight weeks, making it the longest-running #1 for the band.

Former Casting Crowns drummer dies after having leg amputated from crash

Andy Williams, the former drummer for Christian band Casting Crowns, has passed away from injuries sustained during a recent motorcycle accident.

Williams was in a serious motorcycle accident on his way to church Sunday.

The crash had left him on a ventilator after suffering “severe trauma to his body and brain.” Last week, he underwent surgery to have one of his legs amputated above the knee after being hit by a vehicle as he was riding his motorcycle to church.

Williams was 49.

Grace Chapel, William’s home church in Fairview, Tennessee posted a touching tribute which was shared by Casting Crowns’ singer Mark Hall.

“He fought a great fight, but the injuries that he suffered took a toll on his physical body. You prayed along with us that Andy would be healed. You prayed along with us that Andy would wake up. You prayed along with us that God would perform a miracle. While we mourn that Andy isn’t here with us and that we didn’t get to witness the miracle we longed for here on earth, all of our prayers were answered,” the statement read.

“He is healed, he is awake and we believe that he is more alive today than he has ever been. We hold fast to Paul’s words that we look not to the things that are seen, but to those things that are unseen, for they are eternal. We celebrate that Andy is in the arms of his Savior and we are grateful for the memories and laughter that Andy brought to all who knew him. We can’t thank you enough for your prayers, support, and unending love. You have walked with us through this very difficult journey and we felt you there the entire way,” the statement continued.

Hall shared a three-minute performance video of Williams in concert on his Instagram page.

Williams is survived by his wife and two sons.  Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Grace Chapel started a GoFundMe campaign in hopes of raising at least $250,000 to cover medical bills for Williams’ care. At the time this story was published, the campaign had raised more than $72,000.

Hillsong United releases newly awaited single “Know You Will”

Today, multi-award-winning and platinum-selling artist Hillsong UNITED announced the release of their brand new digital single “Know You Will”. Out now with an accompanying lyric video, “Know You Will” serves as an anthem of hope for uncertain times written by UNITED’s Joel Houston, Ben Hastings and Dylan Thomas.

“‘Know You Will’ speaks into the nature of where we’ve been for the last 18 months — uncharted territory,” says UNITED’s Joel Houston. “It has been a crazy year for the world in a lot of ways. Faith can sometimes seem like a distant thing, but it becomes real when everything that you didn’t realize you were dependent on gets thrown on its head.”

Adds Houston, “We may look at a circumstance and see the impossible, but God is good at the impossible. Even when there’s a lot of if’s, but’s, and doubts, the story of God is that He’s always made a way. It’s often unexpected, it’s different to how we think it should be, and how it should look. We know though, that through it all, God’s sovereignty has not been shaken and His plan is what will prevail through the middle of everything. He has proven Himself good so many times before and it’s no different now.”

Undisputedly one of the genre’s most influential artists in the history of contemporary Christian music, Hillsong UNITED continues to impact millions of lives across the globe. The group has sold over 6.5 million albums globally, garnered 3.3 billion worldwide career streams to date, and remains the No. 1 Christian artist on all social media platforms with over 13 million fans combined.


Lorde releases new singe, Solar Power’

Lorde has released her new single “Solar Power,” her first new single since 2017’s Melodrama.

“I feel good. It’s been years of working on this music,” Lorde told Australia’s Triple J Breakfast in a world first exclusive interview. “You know me, I go full hibernation when I’m working, so to be back is kind of surreal.

“I think I started writing the song literally summers ago, so it’s so cool for me to have it coming out. I love this song; I love this album. I’m just hyped and I think it’s right for right now.”


Justin Bieber, Chandler Moore Partner For Worship Session

Justin Bieber and Chandler Moore, part of the Billboard No.1 worship group Maverick City Music, joined together for a worship session from Churchome in Kirkland, Washington.

Performing a number of songs – including Maverick’s “Jireh”, “How He Loves,” and Justin Bieber’s “Where Do I Fit In” – the two seamlessly connect emotionally and spiritually.

With some spontaneous worship at the end, the video above is certainly worth watching.

Lauren Daigle Announces Streaming Concert From The Ryman

Two-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist LAUREN DAIGLE is offering an exclusive online streaming concert called, “A NIGHT AT THE RYMAN WITH LAUREN DAIGLE AND FRIENDS” on SUNDAY, JUNE 6th at 6:30p (PT/ET). It was filmed in advance at NASHVILLE’s historic RYMAN AUDITORIUM. DAIGLE collaborated with multi-platinum recording artist JON FOREMAN of SWITCHFOOT, GRAMMY Award winner and five-time CMA Nominee NATALIE HEMBY of THE HIGHWOMEN, singer/songwriter ELLIE HOLCOMB, and PETEY MARTIN.

DAIGLE shared, “Sharing the stage and collaborating with other musicians has always been a high-point of any live show for me. To be joined with some of my dearest friends for a night of music and fun is such a blessing and makes me eager to be able to get back on the road!”

VIP tickets include an virtual Q&A with DAIGLE, livestream access, and exclusive behind the scenes content. Each ticket includes a 48-hour replay with $1 from every ticket donated to the PRICE FUND, a LAUREN DAIGLE foundation. Tickets can be purchased here.