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Hillsong United stylised as Hillsong UNITED or UNITED is a worship band that originated as a part of Hillsong Church Formed in 1998 as part of Hillsong's youth ministry, the band consists of several rotating worship leaders from the church, including Brooke Fraser, Joel Houston, Reuben Morgan and Marty Sampson Due to several songs written by the youth ministry, Hillsong worship leader Darlene Zschech recommended that they record an album, which resulted in their debut extended play, One, which was released alongside the Hillsong Worship album Touching Heaven Changing Earth Since then, the group has released eleven annual live albums, as well as four studio albums The band composes songs and performs in church services as well as concerts in worldwide tours


  • 1 History
  • 2 Members
  • 3 Discography
    • 31 Studio albums
    • 32 Live albums
    • 33 Soundtrack albums
    • 34 Others
  • 4 Singles
  • 5 Videography
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links


The band was originally formed in 1998, by close friends from within the youth ministry called "Powerhouse Youth", led by Hillsong Youth Pastors Phil and Lucinda Dooley for many years1 As the house band for the Powerhouse meetings, they played original songs and rearranged popular radio tunes at their weekly meeting for local youth aged 16–25 Band members sometimes also contributed to the larger interdenominational ministry Youth Alive Australia and its albums Most members of the band also attended Hillsong Church services

Powerhouse grew and split in the late 1990s into two youth groups: Powerhouse aged 18–25 and Wildlife 12-17 Reuben Morgan, assisted by guitarist Marcus Beaumont and vocalist/songwriter Tanya Riches, administrated all United nights, albums and events until 2003, when the role was passed on to Joel Houston The three performed with the 18-25's Powerhouse band that also included Mark Stevens, Nigel Hendroff, Peter King and Raymond Badham For the older group Peter King was the main piano player and music director, with guitarist Nigel Hendroff later taking the music directing role In the younger ministry Wildlife, it was former Channel V Leg-Up competition-winning Able band boys Joel Houston and Marty Sampson, with Able band's Luke Munns and Michael Guy Chislett being the main drummer and guitarist, respectively, while Joel Houston played bass They were initially trained by Russell Fragar Marty Sampson, Holly Dawson, Mark Stevens, Katrina Peoples, Michelle Fragar, Tanya Riches and Bec Mesiti were some original key vocalists In the Summer of 1997 the team made a huge impact at their youth ministry's Summer Camp On returning from the camp, the youth ministries of Hillsong Church decided to join together monthly, calling these meetings the "UNITED" Nightscitation needed

Darlene Zschech suggested to Reuben Morgan that the youth band make an album in 1998 after so many songs were written in the youth ministry23 As a result, the EP One was recorded by a new band Everyday was recorded in 1999 and packaged with the Hillsong Worship annual album Both achieved Gold sales status in Australia The band continued to release an album each year, rebranding as Hillsong United In 2002 after Reuben Morgan stepped down as co-worship leader of the band, Joel Houston, the eldest son of the church's senior pastor Brian Houston, and Marty Sampson led the group togethercitation needed

The band's members are involved in Hillsong Church services and also play for the church4 Many were volunteers who went unpaid for their time or contribution As such the line up changes on a regular basis due to the volunteers needs and the needs of the church; that is to say, due to the naturally resultant "churn" Former original drummer Luke Munns 1998-2006 played on seven live recordings and transitioned out from the drums to front the rock/indie band LUKAS Following his marriage to Michelle on November 2006, Sampson stepped down as one of the main leaders of the band He contributed two more songs with United—"Devotion", which he wrote and sang, and "Saviour King", which he wrote with Mia Fieldes—before he officially stepped down These songs were part of the 2007 release All of the Above Current members of the Hillsong United band include Joel Houston, Jonathon Douglass JD, Jadwin "Jad" Gillies, Matt Crocker, Taya Smith, Dylan Thomas on rhythm guitar, Timon Klein on lead guitar, Peter James & Benjamin Tennikoff on keyboards, Adam Crosariol on bass guitar, and Simon Kobler on drumscitation needed

The annual Hillsong United CD/DVD was recorded for many years during the Hillsong youth ministry's October conference Encounterfest, and albums released in the first quarter of the following year The 2007 album All of the Above was the first album to be fully studio recorded5 The band has toured in a number of countries, leading worship in various places and has an international influence678 The official UNITED logo was designed by Luke Munns in 2002 for To the Ends of the Earth album9

In 2014, they won five Dove Awards10 The band was nominated for the second year at American Music Award in 201511 The same year, they won a Billboard Music Award in the category Top Christian Artist1213



The members of the band as of 2016update were:141516

  • Joel Houston – worship leader, guitar, keys, percussion
  • Jonathon "JD" Douglass – worship leader, percussion
  • Jad Gillies – worship leader, guitar
  • Matt Crocker – worship leader, guitar, percussion
  • Taya Smith – worship leader
  • Dylan Thomas – guitar, keys, music director
  • Simon Kobler – drums
  • Michael Guy Chislett – guitar, keys, music director
  • Benjamin "Ben" Tennikoff – keyboards, programming, sampling
  • Jihea Oh - bass guitar

Former members of the band are:1718

  • Adam Crosariol – bass guitar
  • Michelle Fragar – worship leader19
  • Brooke Fraser – worship leader, guitar20
  • Luke Munns – drums2122
  • Annie Garratt – worship leader2023
  • Timon Klein – lead guitar
  • Sam Knock – worship leader20
  • Peter James – piano, keyboard, synthesizer
  • Hayley Law – worship leader
  • Jill McCloghry – worship leader
  • Marty Sampson – worship leader, guitar24
  • David Ware – worship leader20
  • Nigel Hendroff - lead guitar


Studio albumsedit

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
All of the Above
  • Released: 17 March 2007 AUS
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia
6 13 60 1
  • Released: 15 February 2011
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia, EMI
4 12 17 1
  • Released: 22 February 2013 AUS
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia, EMI
1 16 39 5 8 5 1
  • Released: 26 May 2015 AUS
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia, Capitol CMG
1 4 12 7 7 5 1
  • Released: 9 June 2017
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia, Capitol CMG
4 39
91 37 19 21 1
List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
  • Released: November 1999
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia
Best Friend
  • Released: 20 November 2000
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia
King of Majesty
  • Released: 15 October 2001
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia
To the Ends of the Earth
  • Released: 21 November 2002
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia
More Than Life
  • Released: 23 March 2004
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia
Look to You
  • Released: 28 February 2005
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia
30 33
United We Stand
  • Released: 11 March 2006
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia
28 23 162 11
Unidos Permanecemos
  • Released: 2007
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia
The I Heart Revolution: With Hearts as One
  • Released: 8 March 2008
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia
8 22 117 5
a_CROSS // the_EARTH
  • Released: 9 May 2009 AUS
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia
22 21 21 1
Live in Miami: Welcome to the Aftermath
  • Released: 14 February 2012
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia, Capitol
22 71 1
Zion Acoustic Sessions
  • Released: 29 October 2013
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia, Capitol
Of Dirt and Grace: Live from the Land
  • Released: 15 July 2016 AUS
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia, Capitol
8 —— 80 40 2
List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  • Released: 12 August 2016 AUS
  • Label: Hillsong Music Australia, Capitol


  • One EP 1998
  • In a Valley by the Sea EP 2007
  • Oceans EP 2013
  • The White Album Remix Project 2014


Year Song Peak positions Certifications Sales
Hot 100
2011 "Bones" 35
"Like an Avalanche" 40 40
"Search My Heart" 20 17
"Lead Me to the Cross" 48 16
2013 "Scandal of Grace" 25 21
"From the Inside Out" 23
"Oceans Where Feet May Fail" 1 1 1 1 83
  • US: Platinum43
  • US: 1,000,00044
"Relentless" 27 45
2014 "Love Is War" 38 50
2015 "Touch the Sky" 5 6 1 9
"Prince of Peace" 26 15
"Heart Like Heaven" 26 31
"Even When It Hurts Praise Song" 29 36
"Here Now Madness" 32
"Say the Word" 34
"Captain" 38
"Rule" 40
"Empires" 41
"When I Lost My Heart to You Hallelujah" 43
"Street Called Mercy" 45
"Closer Than You Know" 47
2017 "Wonder" 11 18 6


  • 2004: More Than Life bonus DVD with album
  • 2005: Look to You bonus DVD with album
  • 2006: United We Stand bonus DVD with album
  • 2007: All of the Above bonus DVD with album
  • 2008: The I Heart Revolution: With Hearts As One Music DVD
  • 2010: The I Heart Revolution: We're All in This Together Documentary DVD/Blu-ray
  • 2012: Live in Miami Music DVD/Blu-ray
  • 2013: Zion Acoustic Sessions Music DVD

A documentary, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, directed by Michael John Warren, chronicles the rise of the band,45 was originally supposed be released by Warner Bros during the 2015 Easter weekend46 As Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros were unable to close a deal, the film was pulled out from Warner Bros's schedule47 In March 2015, Relativity Media obtained the distribution rights and the film shifted to a 29 May release48 In April, Relativity moved the film to 30 September 201549 However, Relativity Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in July and let go of the rights to the producers5051 PureFlix acquired the film and it was released 16 September 2016citation needed

See alsoedit

  • Youth Alive Australia
  • The I Heart Revolution: With Hearts as One


  1. ^ Cherese Jackson "Hillsong United Led GMA Dove Awards With Five Wins Video" Guardian Liberty Voice Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  2. ^ "Hillsong United 'Zion' Album Review" BREATHEcast Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  3. ^ "Album of the week: Hillsong United" USA TODAY 26 May 2015 Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  4. ^ Cortney O'Brien "Hillsong United: How a Church Band Became a Worldwide Phenom" townhallcom Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  5. ^ "Hillsong United Announce New Record 'The White Album the remix project' is Coming Soon" BREATHEcast Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  6. ^ "Megachurch With a Beat Lures a Young Flock" The New York Times 10 September 2014 Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  7. ^ "Australia's Hillsong Church Has Astonishingly Powerful Global Influence" The Huffington Post 5 November 2013 Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  8. ^ Tom Wagner, Anna Nekola "Congregational Music-Making and Community in a Mediated Age", Ashgate Publishing, 2015, page 170
  9. ^ "UNITED logo" The Lakehaus Studios Retrieved 28 January 2016 
  10. ^ "Hillsong UNITED top winner at Dove Awards" Daily Mail 8 October 2014 Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  11. ^ "Hillsong United Reacts to American Music Award Nomination for second Year" The Christian Post Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  12. ^ "The Year in Christian & Gospel 2015: Hillsong United & Tasha Cobbs Triumph" Billboard Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  13. ^ "Hillsong UNITED Wins Top Christian Artist at Billboard Music Awards 2015" BREATHEcast Retrieved 25 January 2016 
  14. ^ "Meet the Band - Hillsong Movie" Hillsong: Let Hope Rise Official Website Where Feet May Fail, LLC Retrieved 3 June 2014 
  15. ^ Empires album booklet "Hillsong United is Joel Houston, Jad Gillies, Matt Crocker, Jonathon "JD" Douglass, Taya Smith, Michael Guy Chislett, Simon Kobler, Dylan Thomas, Ben Tennikoff, Adam Crosariol"
  16. ^ "Fender – Soundcheck: Hillsong United’s Jadwin Gillies and Jihea Oh on Playing Live" Earpeeler 30 July 2016 Retrieved 4 January 2017 
  17. ^ Live in Miami album booklet "Hillsong United is Matt Crocker, Adam Crosariol, Jonathon Douglass, Jad Gillies, Joel Houston, Peter James, Timon Klein, Simon Kobler, Hayley Law, Jill McCloghry, Dylan Thomas"
  18. ^ Zion album booklet "Hillsong United is Joel Houston, Jad Gillies, Matt Crocker, Jonathon Douglass, Timon Klein, SImon Kobler, Dylan Thomas, Peter James, Adam Crosariol"
  19. ^ Blair, Leonardo 1 September 2016 "Jordan Baird, Youth Pastor, Pop Singer Mentored by Joe Jonas, Arrested for Exposing Himself to Teen Inside Church" The Christian Post Retrieved 23 October 2016 It is also the same year Jordan got married to his wife, Michelle, who is the daughter of prolific worship songwriter and producer Russell Fragar and is best known for her worship leading and songwriting with Hillsong United according to her bio page on Tumblr 
  20. ^ a b c d Yap, Timothy 26 December 2012 "Hillsong United 'Zion' Album Review" BreatheCast Retrieved 5 January 2016 Gone are previous United leaders such as Marty Sampson, Annie Garratt, Brooke Fraser, Hayley Law, Jill McCloghry and Sam Knock Rather, leads this time are handled mainly by Matt Crocker, Joel Houston, Jad Gillies, Jonathon Douglass, Dave Ware and newcomer Taya Smith 
  21. ^ "Luke Munns" discogs Retrieved 28 January 2016 
  22. ^ "Former Member Of Attributed Artist" AllMusic Retrieved 28 January 2016 
  23. ^ "Annie Garratt" Hillsongcom Retrieved 5 January 2016 Originally traveling as part of UNITED, she is now one of Hillsong’s Creative Pastors 
  24. ^ "Hillsong United" RELEVANT Magazine Retrieved 28 October 2016 
  25. ^ a b "Hillsong" australian-chartscom 
  26. ^ "Hillsong Album Chart History: Billboard 200" Billboard 
  27. ^ a b "Hillsong" Dutch Charts 
  28. ^ "Hillsong" Norwegianchartscom 
  29. ^ a b "Hillsong" chartsorg 
  30. ^ a b "Hillsong United Album Chart History: Billboard 200" Billboard 
  31. ^ a b "Hillsong Album Chart History: Billboard 200" Billboard 
  32. ^ "United" Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  33. ^ a b "Hillsong Album Chart History: Billboard Christian Albums" Billboard 
  34. ^ a b "United" Retrieved 24 January 2016 
  35. ^ a b "Hillsong" Billboard 
  36. ^ "On The Charts: June 19, 2017" FYIMusicNews Retrieved 19 June 2017 
  37. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #390" auspOp 15 October 2016 Retrieved 15 October 2016 
  38. ^ "Hillsong United - Chart history | Billboard" Billboard Retrieved 5 September 2015 
  39. ^ "Hillsong United - Chart history | Billboard" Billboard Retrieved 5 September 2015 
  40. ^ "Hillsong United - Chart history | Billboard" Billboard Retrieved 5 September 2015 
  41. ^ "Hillsong United - Chart history | Billboard" Billboard Retrieved 5 September 2015 
  42. ^ "Hillsong Album Chart History: Billboard Hot 100" Billboard 
  43. ^ "American single certifications – Hillsong United – Oceans" Recording Industry Association of America  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  44. ^ Paul Grein 21 November 2014 "Taylor Swift Replaces Herself At #1 on the Hot 100" Yahoo! Music 
  45. ^ "Hillsong: Let Hope Rise: Plot Summary" Internet Movie Database Retrieved 14 August 2015 
  46. ^ McNary, Dave 1 July 2014 "Hillsong Christian Music Documentary Picked Up for Worldwide Release by Warner Bros" Variety Retrieved 16 July 2014 
  47. ^ McNary, Dave 14 January 2015 "Hillsong Christian Music Documentary Pulled From Warner Bros Schedule" Variety Retrieved 14 August 2015 
  48. ^ Mike Fleming Jr 4 March 2015 "Relativity To Release Faith-Based Film ‘Hillsong–Let Hope Rise’" Deadlinecom Retrieved 14 August 2015 
  49. ^ Pedersen, Erik 1 April 2015 "‘Transporter Refueled’ & ‘Hillsong – Let Hope Rise’ Moved: See You In September" Deadlinecom Retrieved 14 August 2015 
  50. ^ Rainey, James; Lang, Brent "Relativity Media Files Bankruptcy; Film and TV Units for Sale" Variety Retrieved 14 August 2015 
  51. ^ Lang, Brent 30 July 2015 "Relativity Lets Rights to ‘Hillsong – Let Hope Rise’ Revert to Producers EXCLUSIVE" Variety Retrieved 14 August 2015 
  • "Hillsong United Webpage" Published by Hillsong Church Retrieved 8 January 2008
  • "Hillsong United on Integrity Music" Published by Integrity Media Retrieved 8 January 2008
  • "Review on Christianity Today" Published by Christian Music Today Retrieved 8 January 2008
  • "Shout to the Lord!: Music and Change at Hillsong 1996- 2007" Dissertation for the award of Masters of Philosophy, Australian Catholic University, 2010 Riches, Tanya Retrieved 3 March 2012
  • "Secularising the Sacred: The Impact of Geoff Bullock on Contemporary Congregational Song in Sydney, 1990-1999" Dissertation for the award of PhD, Macquarie University, 2002 Evans, Mark Retrieved 3 March 2012
  • "Open up the Doors: Music in the Modern Church" London: Equinox, 2006 Evans, Mark

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Hillsong United Albums
  • Interview @ Christian Music Today, 6/07

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