MOBILE, Alabama (March 14, 2008) - - Sydney-based Hillsong United will launch TheIHeartRevolution social justice movement on April 1 with the U.S. release of With Hearts As One, a new double album that captures live worship from around the world.
The CD release is the first part of a three-part action plan for TheIHeartRevolution that also includes a June release of a DVD titled We’re All In This Together. Both the CD, which captures the “sound” of global worship, and the DVD, which captures the “visual,” are aimed at creating awareness for phase three - - the development of an online community and social justice hub set to launch in July.
The With Hearts As One CD features 30 songs recorded live in various locations including Scotland, Malaysia, France, Paraguay, Sweden and Brazil to name a few. The album was produced by Hillsong United frontman Joel Houston along with guitarist Jad Gillies and Andrew Crawford.
“From Rwanda to Capetown, Buenos Aires to Mexico City, Los Angeles to Toronto, London to Budapest and Shanghai to Sydney… we've recorded almost every United worship service for the last 2 years,” says Houston. “We bottled just some of the moments and put them together for all who’d choose to hear. The end result is the sound of a generation across the earth singing praise and worship to our God. The sound of the nations joining as one in the same song.”
With Hearts As One will be available in Christian retail stores beginning April 1 through Provident-Integrity Distribution and in mainstream outlets through Columbia/SONY-BMG.
Regarding TheIHeartRevolution, Houston says: “We must live out our worship through action by reaching out to the lost and the broken... helping the poor and oppressed, pursuing justice and fairness for all people. That’s the impetus behind TheIHeartRevolution. It is simply a generation of people expressing their heart for worship and realizing God’s purpose for all of us, to love people and be His hands and feet.”
Houston continues, “We’ll do our best to set up a platform and a network where we can be educated on the issues and be directed in ways we can help locally and globally, a place to be inspired by the stories of others and to share our experiences. But, practically speaking, the revolution depends entirely on all of us choosing to act.”
“Every generation needs a revolution,” adds Houston, “And this one needs to look, sound, walk and breathe like love…”
The passion to “live out their worship” is at the heart of Hillsong United’s ministry and also at the heart of Hillsong Church, Australia’s largest evangelical congregation and home to the dynamic youth ministry from which the band emerged. Hillsong United is a “Group of the Year” nominee for the 39th Annual Dove Awards and also a former recipient of the Gospel Music Association’s International Award given in recognition of their impact on the global Church.
Additional information about the movement is available at www.TheIHeartRevolution.com and http://www.myspace.com/theiheartrevolution with details related to the DVD release and development of the social justice hub to be announced later.
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