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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”

Hillsong Young & Free releases ‘All of My Best Friends’

Grammy nominated Hillsong Young & Free’s fourth career album “All of My Best Friends” has just been released. The new compilation features 20 newly-penned songs (13 live performance tracks and seven studio recordings), including the group’s breakout single “Best Friends” which peaked at #1 on the Hot AC chart and remains the highest audio debut of any Hillsong track with more than 6.3 million global streams.

Young & Free continues to play an integral role in reaching this generation for Christ with their revamped contemporary approach. Recorded in Sydney, Australia, “All of My Best Friends” was born out of collaboration, unity and seeking to express the raw, bright-eyed passion of Hillsong’s youth group. The new project captures the uninhibited feeling of discovering the love of Jesus and is a reminder that we are all connected to each other.

“I think our greatest hope for our music is that people, whatever their background, circumstance or belief, would know that there is a purpose for their life,” says Young & Free’s Melodie Mezieres-Wagner. “That there is more to life than what they see and that they’re not alone and never have been.”

“We never could have imagined the turn of events that would follow the recording of this album and yet it is full of relevant songs that bring joy and perspective in the midst of uncertain times,” adds Young & Free’s Laura Toggs. “The very essence of Young & Free is a sound that unlocks joy within our hearts. We’ve been waiting to release it at the right time. I think it’s important right now…that you get an infection of joy.”

In January 2020, Young & Free released their first in a series of six singles leading up to the album launch, all of which have garnered more than 15 million global streams to date. Previously released 2020 tracks (also featured on the new album) include “Uncomplicated,” “As I Am,” “World Outside Your Window,” “Lord Send Revival,” “Best Friends,” and current radio single “Never Have I Ever” (#20 at Hot AC) which quickly gained radio momentum with eight adds out of the box. The new song continues to build at radio in the “new & active” category on the Christian Airplay and Hot AC charts.

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.

“All of My Best Friends” follows on the heels of the youth worship collective’s 2018 studio album “III” that earned the group tremendous acclaim amassing over 75 million streams and 75,000+ units in global consumption.

All of My Best Friends Track Listing:

World Outside Your Window (Live)
Never Have I Ever (Live)
Best Friends (Live)
Indescribable (Live)
As I Am (Live)
Uncomplicated (Live)
New Thing (Live)
Need Your Love (Live)
Glimpse (Live)
Keep On (Live)
All My Life (Live)
Everything I Could Want (Live)
Lord Send Revival (Live)
World Outside Your Window
Never Have I Ever
Best Friends
Indescribable
As I Am
Uncomplicated
Need Your Love

Lecrae drops new single ‘Deep End’

Fresh after being caught up in the interview with Louie Giglio, where he came under fire for comments made about “white privilege”, Lecrae has launched a new single.

Giglio was joined by Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy and rapper Lecrae for an “open and honest conversation around how racism has plagued Atlanta for generations when he made incredulous comments about white blessing becoming white privielege.

Lecrae responded to Giglio’s comments, stating, “I have a lot of racial trauma. After spending the last few years battling racism within the evangelical church I was in a dark place. In that interview I feared going back there. I’m healing but not healed. I’m definitely protecting myself from a breakdown.

“I want to be clear I’m sorry for anyone who was let down and hurt. This was good for me in many ways. It burns but it burns in a helpful way. Lamentations 3 has comforted me. I’m grateful for the love. Even the tough love.”

 

Grammy Award winner Mandisa releases “You Keep Hope Alive”

Grammy-winner Mandisa is debuting a brand new single with worship leader and Gotee Recording artist Jon Reddick. “You Keep Hope Alive,” penned by Reddick, is available through all DSPs everywhere today.

“With everything happening in our world today, the timely message of ‘You Keep Hope Alive’ is a declaration to our souls that God is still on His throne, and specializes in bringing beauty from ashes,” Mandisa says. “My prayer is that God will use this song to remind us, His children, that our hope is alive because our Savior, Jesus, is alive.”

Mandisa kicked off 2020 with the release of her first single of the year, “Way Maker.” The track was Mandisa’s first single to release following her chart topping 2017 album Out of the Dark which featured the radio hits “Unfinished” and “Bleed the Same (feat. Tobymac, Kirk Franklin).”

 

Hawk Nelson’s Jon Steingard says he no longer believes in God

The lead singer of a popular Christian music band has taken to social media to state that he no longer believes in God.

Jon Steingard, pictured above at a live performance, of the popular band, Hawk Nelson, said that, “After growing up in a Christian home, being a pastor’s kid, playing and singing in a Christian band, and having the word ‘Christian’ in front of most of the things in my life – I am now finding that I no longer believe in God.”

Hawk Nelson is a Canadian Christian rock and pop punk band from Peterborough, Ontario. Formed in 2000, the band has released eight studio albums to date.

I’ve been terrified to post this for a while – but it feels like it’s time for me to be honest,” he said on Instagram. “I hope this is not the end of the conversation, but the beginning. I hope this is encouraging to people who might feel the same but are as afraid to speak as I am. I want to be open. I want to be transparent with you all – and also open to having my heart changed in the future.

 

I am not looking for a debate at all – just a chance to share my story in the hopes some good can come from it. I love you all.”

In his post, he states that losing his faith “didn’t happen overnight or all of a sudden” He stated that, “I have been terrified to be honest about this publicly for quite some time, because of all that I thought I would lose.

“I simply can no longer avoid it. Processing this quietly felt right when I simply had doubts, but once they solidified into a genuine point of view, it began to feel dishonest not to talk about it.”

He said that he and his wife are relieved about walking away from their faith.

Ironically, the band’s latest album is called ‘Miracles’.  Generally speaking, they are hard to believe in if you don’t have a belief in God.

 

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Jon Steingard One of our best friends, one with whom we have walked, worked and lived alongside for 20 + years revealed some of his innermost feelings on his faith journey this past week. Our mission as Hawk Nelson has always been to inspire and encourage all people with the truth that God is FOR them and not against them. In that message’s most simple and purest form, that THEY matter. So now we turn that truth towards one of our own. That God is still FOR Jon & he still matters. Why? Because that truth doesn’t change just because we question it. How we treat one another when they are at a different stage in their journey based on their life experiences is part of a bigger conversation.  We are called to love one another unconditionally, as God loves us. We should also encourage and challenge one another in our Faith, seeking truth. Are we the authors of our own salvation and eternity? Has God provided a way to salvation for us through Jesus?  These are the questions that we each must ask and explore. In the Bible (Romans 8:38) Paul writes, “… I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love… neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow – not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below – indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The same Lord is Lord of all, and gives richly to all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Ever thankful and grateful for how God has used this band, the music and the relationships and how He continues to do so. Daniel, Micah, David.

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At this point, the band is not disbanding, leaving members to work out how to serve the Christian music market when their frontman has made such a big announcement. The band has not yet released an official statement as to its future plans.

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After global choir sings The Blessing, UK churches follow suit

A new zoom video has become a viral hit on Youtube as churches right across England have contributed to offer hope to their country in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Blessing” is a song performed by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes and Elevation Worship, released as the lead single from Elevation Worship’s twelfth live album, Graves Into Gardens on March 20, 2020. Kari’s original song can be heard below.

A global choir then jumped on board and created their own version, before churches right across the UK created their own version of this spectacular new song.

“At this unique and challenging time in the United Kingdom over 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over the UK,” the group stated.

“Standing together as one, our desire is that this song will fill you with hope and encourage you.

“But the church is not simply singing a blessing. Each day, we’re looking to practically be a blessing. Many of the churches included in this song have assisted with supplying over 400,000 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in our nation since COVID-19 lockdown began. This alongside phone calls to the isolated, pharmacy delivery drops and hot meals to the NHS frontline hospital staff.