Australian Christian group Hillsong, through its spinoff Hillsong Young & Free, released Youth Revival album last February 26, 2016.
A little backgrounder, Hillsong Young & Free, which is also based at the Hillsong Church in Australia, is a collective of young people who come together to make music for youth and young adults everywhere.
Speaking to Billboard, Laura Toggs, one of the band members, told that Hillsong Young & Free was formed as "the original Hillsong got underway when the members were all pretty young, because it was started as part of the youth ministry at Hillsong Church."
"As they evolved and started to mature, have families of their own and take on adulthood, many people at the church felt that there was a need for a new group that would aim its message at younger people with a stimulating new sound," she shared.
Hillsong Young & Free, in 2013, released their first full album with a title, We Are Young & Free. The album, which was recorded live at the Hillsong Convention Centre, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart and No. 22 on the multi-genre Billboard 200.
From that album, Hillsong Young & Free has been tagged, in most press releases, as an EDM (electronic dance music) Christian band as it includes songs like "Brighter," "Alive", and "Wake."
"Well, we're a true collective -- a diverse group of talented people from various backgrounds. So there's a fusion of styles and sounds here and it's difficult to categorize, yet there's definitely a mission at work to make music that attracts a young audience," Toggs explained.
With Youth Revival, which was was recorded live in front of 4,000 people at the Hillsong Church in November last year, the band remains loyal to their message and mission: "This is a generation called to stand strong in their youth and in their freedom, refusing to allow others to dismiss them for their age, and not allowing the chains of their history to leave them shackled. This is a generation awakened to their purpose in Jesus and empowered to step out into their calling."
Similar to the first release, the 12-track album includes singles that are all fun and upbeat with their EDM sound such as "Where You Are," "Only Wanna Sing," and the carrier "Real Love."
Aodhan King, another band member, shared that the purpose of having these kinds of tracks is "to hit the stage hard [and] engage our audience."
"They love to dance while worshiping. A fun entrance sets the tone. Once they are locked in and having a great time, then we can connect with them on a deeper level," he said.
Youth Revival, wherein the band spent six months of writing and rehearsing, would not be complete without the powerful worship ballads that is why it has songs like "Face to Face," "To My Knees," "Trust," "Never Alone," and "When the Fight Calls."
While the album is already out, Hillsong Young & Free now gears up for another world tour to promote the release.
"The plans are not finalized yet, but we will be touring in the United States, Australia and many places all over the world. We've worked on this project a long time, and we're ready to perform the songs for live audiences," said King.
The group believes that through their songs, young people will find life and deep, unending joy in Jesus.
"We believe that through these songs, hearts will awaken to the light of Christ, captives will be set free and the name of Jesus will be made known," said Hillsong Young & Free.
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