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Brooke Fraser (Ligertwood)
'Church songs are the
ultimate pop music'
By Sophie Bateman, Newshub
dominating airplay and the CCM charts for the past year, Hillsong
Worship won the Grammy award for Best Contemporary
Christian Music Performance/Song for What a Beautiful Name. In
a statement posted to Twitter celebrating their victory that
night, Hillsong Worship emphasized the message of What a
"JESUS. The most incredible Name & has transformed our lives. Thanks @BrianCHouston
@bobbiehouston & team," tweeted the official Hillsong
"No matter how far/close u feel 2 God, His love is greater, His Name more
powerful/wonderful/beautiful than any other. May this
also picked up the Dove Award for Song of the Year and
Song of the Year.
The song has remained at or near #1 since its release
over 70 week ago.
Preceding it with even more longevity was 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. The sixth studio album from the worship music
collective was released on June 9, 2017, topping Billboard's Top
Christian Albums chart.
The launch single and title track from "Wonder," reached the top 15
followed by "So
Will I (100 Billion X)," which entered the charts at #8.
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.
The latest single, "Who You Say I Am" from the new CD "There Is
More" is quickly climbing the charts as well.
years of songwriting success, Brooke Fraser has won a
Grammy - but not as Brooke Fraser.
The Kiwi singer was awarded Best Contemporary Christian Music
Performance/Song for 'What A Beautiful Name', which
she wrote and performed for worship group Hillsong.
When Newshub spoke to her she'd just returned from the ceremony at
Madison Square Garden in New York City, which was "wonderful
but a little bit chilly".
Her favorite performances were by Kesha and the "unbelievable"
Kendrick Lamar, as well as Emmylou Harris and
Chris Stapleton's tribute to Tom Petty.
S he's disappointed that Lorde missed out on
Album of the Year, whom she "stood and cheered for" when the
nominations were read out.
"But I think it's such a thrill to be nominated. Whether you win or lose,
to be nominated for a Grammy is such an amazing
acknowledgement of your work, and obviously all New
Zealanders are so proud of her and everything she's
She counts herself as one of Lorde's biggest fans.
"I love her to death."
This year's ceremony followed in the footsteps of the highly politicised
Golden Globes a few weeks ago, with many musicians voicing
their support for the movement against sexual harassment and
Every member of Fraser's Grammys party wore either a 'Time's Up' badge or
a white rose to show solidarity.
"I think it's a conversation that's been long overdue," says Fraser.
"Myself and all of Hillsong Worship that I'm representing tonight are all
about equality and safety in the workplace for women and all
people. Obviously that's a cause we can get behind."
Fraser is part of the 'core leadership team' for the Los Angeles branch
of Hillsong Worship, and performs for the group under her
married name, Brooke Ligertwood.
She's been writing worship songs alongside her more mainstream hits since
While much of the music she has released under the name Brooke Fraser
contains Christian themes and imagery, her work with
Hillsong allows her to fully express her faith.
"In some ways, church songs are the ultimate pop music," she says.
"Pop music is music that everyone can connect to and get on board with,
and that's really the same with worship music. Ideally, it's
music that you can come in to a church and sing, whether
you're a mechanic or a singer or a doctor or a stay-at-home
mum, that you would find a connection point in those lyrics
which uplifts you, connects you to God and helps you on your
It was "a crazy deal and a great honor" to win a Grammy for a song she
and fellow songwriter Ben Fielding originally hoped
might help members of Hillsong's congregation.
Even being nominated was surreal, she says.
"It was genuinely something that had never occurred to me as a
'What A Beautiful Name' has more than 100 million views on
YouTube, a fact Fraser was charmingly unaware of until
midway through the interview.
"I don't regularly watch myself. I think that would be a bit weird."
She admits it's a "thrill" to know that a staggering number of people
have heard her song.
"Tonight there was a beautiful tribute to the victims of the violence in
Manchester and Las Vegas, which were obviously music events.
We heard an amazing story about the song being played at one
of those victim's funeral services."
As a New Zealand artist, it's especially powerful to see her creation
having a global impact, she says.
"I think it's the greatest privilege as a songwriter to know that a song
you've been involved with can bring any kind of comfort and
hope to people.
"Honestly, I just feel honored to be a part of it all. I'm just a girl
from Lower Hutt, you know?"
live performance of
"So Will I (100 Billion X)" -
live performance of
"Who You Say I Am"
live performance of
"What A Beautiful Name"
live performance of
#1 Christian video
"Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)
Worship Tells The
"What A Beautiful Name" Song Story
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
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
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(There Is More)
The anticipated 2018 release from the Hillsong Worship community strikes the balance of contemplative devotion and powerful declarations of praise for both individuals and congregations alike. There Is More includes lead single "Who You Say I Am" plus "So Will I (100 Billion X),"
"Be Still," "The Passion," "New Wine," and more uplifting new offerings. Standard edition.
(There Is More (Live), Special Edition CD/DVD/Hardcover)
The anticipated 2018 release from the Hillsong Worship community strikes the balance of contemplative devotion and powerful declarations of praise for both individuals and congregations alike. There Is More includes lead single "Who You Say I Am" plus "So Will I (100 Billion X)," "Be Still," "The Passion," "New Wine," and more uplifting new offerings. Special edition includes the standard edition CD, digital download card, and live DVD, plus a 35-page hardcover book with lyrics, scripture, devotions, artwork, and more.
(from Let There Be
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.
(Open Heaven/River Wild (Deluxe
Recorded live at the 2015 Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia, Open
Heaven / River Wild is
a transformative worship event with the all-star Hillsong team.
Features a selection of all-new worship offerings, including
"O Praise The Name (Anastasis)," "Transfiguration," "One Thing,"
"Love On The Line,"
the title cut, and more. Deluxe edition, includes
full CD and DVD.
(The Peace Project)
birthday of the Prince of Peace! Shining a beacon of hope in a dark
world, Hillsong offers a melodic blend of vibrant new songs and
beloved Christmas classics. Worship along with them as they sing
"Seasons"; "Peace upon the Earth"; "Prince of Heaven"; "O Holy
Night"; "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"; "Joy to the World";
Rising to global impact as the youth ministry of Australia's
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"
"So Will I (100 Billion X),
"Greatest Of These," "Future Marches In," "Water To Wine,"
the title track.
(Let Hope Rise Soundtrack)
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.
Hillsong Young & Free present their third full length album, and first studio collection of brand new music. III is an energetic set of pop and EDM flavored modern worship originals, including "PEACE," "Let Go," "Every Little Thing," and more.