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 Hillsong Worship
More Concerned With Obedience Than Celebrity Praise

  A recent article was written by Jeannie Law, Christian Post Reporter, regarding Hillsong Worship's "What a Beautiful Name" song. She reports that the song that came out in 2016, is still riding its enormous success maintaining its spot at #1 on Billboard's Contemporary Christian music charts six months after its release.
  Just behind it for several weeks sat the phenomenal "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail," by Hillsong United, which was #1 for an astounding 50 straight weeks and remained in the top 5 three almost 200 weeks after it was released!
  Hillsong United's latest CD, "Wonder" debuted at #13.

  And, although the band has had a great impact on both the church community and young Hollywood they say their main objective is to walk in obedience and devotion to God.

  "What a Beautiful Name" became the praise and worship band's first leader on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart in February 2017. Featured on Hillsong Worship's 25th live album, Let There Be Light, "What A Beautiful Name" continues to break chart records. Capitalizing on the song's success, Hillsong debuted the self-titled EP, "What A Beautiful Name." The song, originally sung and co-written by Brooke Ligertwood, features six different versions of the tune performed with different arrangements.

   "What a Beautiful Name" was the Dove Award Winner for Song of the Year and Worship Recorded Song of the Year.

  The following is an edited transcript of The Christian Post's interview with Hillsong Worship's Brooke Ligertwood in which she talks about their hit song, "What A Beautiful Name," and shares her personal thoughts on the impact their ministry is having on celebrities.

"What a Beautiful Name" has exploded with success. When writing this song, did you ever anticipate that so many people would resonate with it?

 Ligertwood: Nope! We had hoped that it might resonate with our own congregation and help contribute to our weekend services. The reach and impact it has had outside of our church in such a short space of time was certainly not planned or anticipated. It's very humbling. It's a God thing.

What do you believe makes "What A Beautiful Name" stand out with fans?

  Ligertwood: The first night we introduced it in church, we realized it connected with people even more than we'd hoped. We saw faith built in the room, expectancy rise and victory confessed. I think within the song there is a balance of sound theology about God revealing Himself to humanity in and through Christ, personal lyrics about what that means for the individual, and then strong corporate confession about what that means for us today.
 Honestly, though, you can analyze all you want but you can never explain away the God factor. Sometimes God just decides to breathe on something and it's completely His prerogative.

Why is it important for people to understand that God is "Beautiful," "Wonderful" and "Powerful" all in one and not just
one or the other?

  Ligertwood: This song is about the person of Jesus Christ and a multi-faceted revelation of His infinitely-faceted glory. The God we worship is Jesus - He is the image of the invisible God - and if we dare seek Him for who He really is rather than pursue an idea of Him that fits into our tidy boxes, He will blow our minds.

In an interview with BREATHEcast Selena Gomez named you her all-time "favorite" worship singer. How has it been for you, being able to impact others that have so much influence in this generation?

  Ligertwood: That's lovely, but I don't think it's necessarily particularly healthy to give those kinds of thoughts any time.

  Those who have had the most impact and influence throughout history and certainly the people who've had the most impact and influence on me personally have been basically entirely unaware of any such influence and made their chief concern their personal devotion and obedience, and the pleasure of God in the hidden things of their lives.

What is coming next for Hillsong Worship?

  Ligertwood: There's a bunch of stuff I don't think I'm allowed to talk about yet, so I'll have to give you a very generic answer I'm afraid! We have a specialized release coming later in the year which I'm sure you'll hear about when it's the right time, and then our ongoing commitment to resourcing both our church and the wider church with songs of worship will see us continuing our near 30-year legacy of writing and capturing such songs!
 

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Hillsong Worship Tells The
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What hides in the name of Jesus?

  The name of Jesus encompasses more than we can hope or imagine - more beauty, more wonder, more power.

  Most of the song "What A Beautiful Name" was penned in a glorified cubicle in the suburbs of Sydney over a few days in December 2015. From there, we spent months crafting the lyrics to riff on our core scriptures - Hebrews 1:1-4 and Colossians 1:15-20, 26-27 - yet be simple enough to make sense on a first reading.
  Hebrews 1:1-4 expresses with clarity and conciseness the supremacy of Jesus Christ - the radiance of God's glory, the exact expression of His being, the creative conduit of His power. Jesus is God's Word: powerful, authoritative and utterly supreme. He is the wonder of salvation, who reconciled us to God.

  "In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son" (Hebrews 1:1-2, NIV)

  To know God and to worship Him ("to enjoy Him forever") is the most fundamental reason for our existence. As Jesus reveals the great mysteries of God, we come to know more of who God is, glimpsing new facets of His beauty, wonder and power.

  "Beauty" evokes the tenderness of His love and the sweetness of His presence. "Wonder" speaks to our gratitude for salvation, awe at the lengths of His sacrifice. "Power" affirms His supremacy and Sovereignty - an exhortation to remember our access to the power of God in every situation, as we call upon and declare the Name of Jesus.

What a beautiful Name it is
What a wonderful Name it is
What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

  Jesus has the Name above all others. Anything that we can name - from our greatest triumphs to our greatest challenges -comes under the authority of His Name. This song confesses that no greater beauty or source of wonder exists outside of Jesus, "the radiance of God's glory" (Hebrews 1:3). The song is also a statement that Jesus has no rival or equal. His power is unmatched and absolute.

  Perhaps some of us understand God loves us through the death and resurrection of Jesus, but haven't grasped His power, ability and will to move strongly in our present circumstances. Or perhaps, we understand God as the supreme, omnipotent Deity He is, but have never known Him close and tender, as a friend acquainted with the depths of our humanity, knowing our flaws cannot perturb His love. Our prayer for this song is that we can all enter into a deeper, more lateral, revelation of the person of Jesus Christ - the epitome of beauty.

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Recorded live at the 2016 Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Let There Be Light showcases the talents of staff musicians Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Ben Fielding, and others on a selection of electrifying new worship offerings. This twelve-song performance includes "Love So Great," "What A Beautiful Name," "Grace To Grace," and others. Deluxe edition CD/DVD includes full standard edition CD album and DVD video.

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Rising to global impact as the youth ministry of Australia's Hillsong Church, Hillsong UNITED has grown from a modest ministry to award-winning, platinum-selling artists. Currently fronted by Joel Houston and Taya Smith, the collective features a shifting cast of contributors and an eclectic approach to modern worship. Despite the rotating lineup, the group consistently provides the church body with fresh expressions of faith, anthems of praise, and captivating live events. Following their 2015 studio recording Empires and subsequent live release Of Dirt And Grace, Hillsong UNITED offers a bold new set of engaging modern worship originals. Wonder features twelve brand-new songs, including lead single "Splinters and Stones" plus "Greatest Of These," "Future Marches In," "Water To Wine," and more.

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Let Hope Rise chronicles the spectacular and unlikely rise of the Christian band Hillsong. The film follows the band as they record their next album and explores the history of Hillsong, a 30-year journey from a church in the Sydney suburbs to an international ministry. The official soundtrack features music from the film with new music from Hillsong.

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Offering a fresh vision for what they are called to do, Hillsong UNITED takes steps forward sonically---while retaining the hallmarks of their worship songs. Includes the #1 song, "Oceans"; "Relentless"; "Up in Arms"; "Scandal of Grace"; "Stay and Wait"; "Mercy, Mercy"; "Love Is War"; "Nothing Like Your Love"; "Heartbeats"; "A Million Suns"; "Tapestry"; "King of Heaven"; and the title track. Deluxe edition includes two additional songs, three remixes, and the "Welcome Zion" music video.

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