Friday, May 29, 2015

Hillsong United Empires Album Review and Giveaway

When my day is going bad good music always makes me happy. I love music and if I can praise God while I listen or sing along, all the better. My favorite music uplifts and inspires. My heart and soul gets plugged into the lyrics and/or instrumentals and I feel so much better about everything around me. The stress and everyday chaos of life just melts away.

Empires is the forth studio album of Christian contemporary music composed of Christmas songs led by Hillsong Church. Hillsong Church is a Pentecostal mega church affiliated with Australian Christian Churches (the Australian branch of the Assemblies of God) and located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Hillsong was started in 1998 & was renamed to Hillsong United in 2002. They have 20 albums and several top Christian songs. They are committed to writing songs that speak truth and connect people everywhere with God.

I love Christian worship music by the group Hillsong United very much. If you haven't heard them and you love Christian music of praise and worship you should definitely check them out! Hillsong is a great band with four wonderful vocalists. Their vocalist, Taya Smith, is my favorite because of her beautiful voice. I recently got to listen to a call with her that happened with FlyBy. She is so much fun and I absolutely love her Aussie accent :)

Current Members (via Wikipedia):
  • Joel Houston — worship leader, guitar, keys, percussion
  • Jonathon "JD" Douglass — worship leader, percussion
  • Jad Gillies — worship leader, guitar
  • Matty Crocker — worship leader, guitar, percussion
  • Taya Smith — worship leader
  • Michael Guy Chislett — guitar, keys, music director
  • Dylan Thomas — rhythm guitar, keys, music director
  • Timon Klein — lead guitar
  • Benjamin "Tenni" Tennikoff — keyboards, programming, sampling
  • Adam Crosariol — bass guitar
  • Simon Kobler — drums

Track Listing:
  1. Here Now (Madness)
  2. Say the Word
  3. Heart Like Heaven
  4. Touch the Sky
  5. Street Called Mercy
  6. When I Lost My Heart To You (Hallelujah)
  7. Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)
  8. Prince Of Peace
  9. Empires
  10. Rule
  11. Captain
  12. Closer Than You Know

Empires was released May 26th , 2015. It is a very real and honest album. It embodies the heart and soul and uplifts the spirit. I absolutely love the lyrics and instrumentals. At some points though, the vocals get washed over by the the instruments and are lost. I wish the vocals were all crisp and clear so you can listen and hear the words to every song. Even though this is the case to some of the songs, the album comes with a pamphlet with the lyrics and after you have read them while the song is playing more than once you get to know what is being said and you can sing along better. My favorite song on the album is Touch the Sky. Hillsong United's songs are the perfect for praising God and worshiping Him.

Be Social:
Official Website:
Twitter: @HillsongUnited
Instagram: @HillsongUnited
Check them out on tour this summer:
Video of their performance on the TODAY show last month:

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shawneemom said...

I LOVE Hillsong United. It's hard to choose a favorite song but Oceans is one of them, and also Hosanna.

Lauren said...

I like Hillsong United. I like Hosanna best.

Natalie said...

My brother and I LOVE hillsong!!! My favorite song of theirs has to be Oceans.