Cornerstone (Hillsong Worship album)
Cornerstone is the twenty-first album in the live praise and worship series of contemporary worship music by Hillsong Live. It reached No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart, debuted at No. 32 on the Billboard 200 chart, became the No. 1 album on the Billboard Christian Albums chart. Its first single was "Hope of the World", a song written by Jason Ingram, Reuben Morgan and Matthew Bronleewee, available in Studio Version, in the Deluxe Edition. Two live music videos has been released on their VEVO channel: "Hope of the World" and "Cornerstone" featuring Reuben Morgan and David Ware respectively; this is the last Hillsong Live album to feature Darlene Zschech as a worship leader and this is the first time that Zschech did not contribute any of her original songs. Cornerstone was recorded at the Allphones Arena in Sydney Olympic Park, the Sydney Entertainment Centre, the Hillsong Convention Centre by Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong Live team on 30 October 2011 and in early 2012.
The worship night was called "Together As One: Our Live Album Recording". New Release Tuesday: I eagerly await each new Hillsong release and Cornerstone is stellar and is the top overall album by Hillsong LIVE; every single song could be added to your Sunday morning worship set. Louder Than The Music: This album is full of great songs. Cornerstone is a related live extended play by Hillsong Live, released in May 2012; the EP includes two songs in two different versions and studio. Note "Cornerstone" contains verses from "The Solid Rock" written by Edward Mote. "Hope of the World" Standard CD Standard DVD Standard Digital Download Standard Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy Australian Special Limited Edition CD + DVD + Digital Copy Deluxe Edition CD + DVD Deluxe Digital
Touching Heaven Changing Earth
Touching Heaven Changing Earth is the seventh album in the live praise and worship series of contemporary worship music by Hillsong Church. The album reached No. 31 on the Billboard Top Contemporary Christian Albums Chart. Touching Heaven Changing Earth was recorded live at the new Hills Christian Life Centre building by Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong team; the majority of the songs were written by Darlene Zschech, Russell Fragar and Reuben Morgan "That's What We Came Here For" - 3:49 "Touching Heaven, Changing Earth" - 3:51 "Church on Fire" - 3:23 "Lord Your Goodness" - 3:47 "Holy Spirit Rain Down" - 6:43 "You Are Holy" - 5:27 "Jesus You Gave it All" - 6:05 "Yes and Amen" - 3:59 "You Gave Me Love" - 3:59 "Glorified" - 4:05 "I Will Bless You Lord" - 5:15 "My Greatest Love is You" - 4:30 "Jesus You're All I Need" - 6:00 "The Potter's Hand" - 7:37 "Touching Heaven, Changing Earth" - 2:50 Brian Houston – executive producer Darlene Zschech – producer, worship leader Russell Fragar – producer, music director Marty Sampson – vocalist Steve McPherson – vocalist Miriam Webster – vocalist Gilbert Clarke – vocalist Rebecca Mesiti – vocalist Erica Crocker – vocalist Donia Makedonez – vocalist Jayne Denham – vocalist Lucy Fisher – vocalist Lisa Young – vocalist Mark Stevens – vocalist Scott Haslem – vocalist Craig Gower – keyboards David Moyse – acoustic guitar, electric guitar Reuben Morgan – acoustic guitar Ian Fisher – bass Paul Ewing – bass Rick Peteriet – drums Ross Peacock – drums Chris Miline – percussion Mark Gregory – trumpet, brass director Dominic Sirone – trumpet Karl Stone – trombone Cathy Coluccio – saxophone Karen Parker – tenor saxophone Hills Christian Life Centre Choir – choir Tanya Riches – choir conductor
For All You've Done
For All You've Done is the thirteenth album in the live praise and worship series of contemporary worship music by Hillsong Church. The live album was released on 4 July 2004 on Hillsong label, which peaked at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart. It had been recorded in February of that year at the Sydney Entertainment Centre with production by Darlene Zschech, Raymond Badham, Joel Houston and Reuben Morgan. For All You've Done was recorded live at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 29 February 2004 by Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong team. However, its previous two albums debuted in the top five due to the strong following of Hillsong and its previous 12 albums have achieved gold status, it is the first Christian Contemporary music album to reach the top of the Australian charts. There was some controversy about the No. 1 debut as all of the albums were sold at the annual Hillsong Conference from 5 to 9 July. However, the Australian Recording Industry Association has defended the outcome on the grounds that For All You've Done was the best selling album in Australia that week.
Pop singer and former Australian Idol contestant Paulini Curuenavuli was at the conference promoting her No. 2 single, "Angel Eyes", from her forthcoming album, One Determined Heart. Disc 1 "For All You've Done" - Worship Leaders: Darlene Zschech & Reuben Morgan - 5:26 "One Way" Worship Leaders: Jonathon Douglass & Marty Sampson, b. Darlene Zschech - 3:43 "Evermore" - Worship Leaders: Marty Sampson, b. Darlene Zschech - 5:02 "With All I Am" - Worship Leaders: Darlene Zschech & Reuben Morgan - 7:23 "Sing" - Worship Leader: Reuben Morgan, b. Darlene Zschech - 6:22 "Hallelujah" - Worship Leaders: Jonas Myrin b. Darlene Zschech - 9:05 "You Are Worthy" Worship Leader: Darlene Zschech - 6:15 "Home" - Worship Leader: Marty Sampson - 4:58Disc 2 "Forever and a Day" - Worship Leader: Darlene Zschech, b. Marty Sampson - 4:55 "Jesus the Same" - Worship Leader: Steve McPherson - 5:30 "I Will Love" - Worship Leader: Miriam Webster - 4:41 "Take All of Me" - Worship Leader: Marty Sampson, b. Darlene Zschech - 8:15 "More Than Life" - Worship Leaders: Tulele Faletolu & Darlene Zschech - 8:52 "Glorify Your Name" - Worship Leader: Darlene Zschech - 7:02 "To You Alone" - Worship Leaders: Holly Dawson & Darlene Zschech - 7:39 "Intro"/"For All You've Done" "One Way" "Evermore" "With All I Am" "Sing" "Hallelujah" "You Are Worthy" "Home" "Forever and a Day" "Jesus the Same" "I Will Love" "Take All of Me" "More Than Life" "Glorify Your Name" "To You Alone/Credits" "Resources"b. indicates Lead Backing Vocal Adapted from AllMusic
Christmas is an annual festival, commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it is preceded by the season of Advent or the Nativity Fast and initiates the season of Christmastide, which in the West lasts twelve days and culminates on Twelfth Night. Christmas Day is a public holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated religiously by a majority of Christians, as well as culturally by many non-Christians, forms an integral part of the holiday season centered around it; the traditional Christmas narrative, the Nativity of Jesus, delineated in the New Testament says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in accordance with messianic prophecies. When Joseph and Mary arrived in the city, the inn had no room and so they were offered a stable where the Christ Child was soon born, with angels proclaiming this news to shepherds who further disseminated the information.
Although the month and date of Jesus' birth are unknown, the church in the early fourth century fixed the date as December 25. This corresponds to the date of the solstice on the Roman calendar. Most Christians celebrate on December 25 in the Gregorian calendar, adopted universally in the civil calendars used in countries throughout the world. However, some Eastern Christian Churches celebrate Christmas on December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which corresponds to a January date in the Gregorian calendar. For Christians, the belief that God came into the world in the form of man to atone for the sins of humanity, rather than the exact birth date, is considered to be the primary purpose in celebrating Christmas; the celebratory customs associated in various countries with Christmas have a mix of pre-Christian and secular themes and origins. Popular modern customs of the holiday include gift giving, completing an Advent calendar or Advent wreath, Christmas music and caroling, lighting a Christingle, viewing a Nativity play, an exchange of Christmas cards, church services, a special meal, pulling Christmas crackers and the display of various Christmas decorations, including Christmas trees, Christmas lights, nativity scenes, wreaths and holly.
In addition, several related and interchangeable figures, known as Santa Claus, Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Christkind, are associated with bringing gifts to children during the Christmas season and have their own body of traditions and lore. Because gift-giving and many other aspects of the Christmas festival involve heightened economic activity, the holiday has become a significant event and a key sales period for retailers and businesses; the economic impact of Christmas has grown over the past few centuries in many regions of the world. "Christmas" is a shortened form of "Christ's mass". The word is recorded as Crīstesmæsse in 1038 and Cristes-messe in 1131. Crīst is from Greek Khrīstos, a translation of Hebrew Māšîaḥ, "Messiah", meaning "anointed"; the form Christenmas was historically used, but is now considered archaic and dialectal. Xmas is an abbreviation of Christmas found in print, based on the initial letter chi in Greek Khrīstos, "Christ", though numerous style guides discourage its use.
In addition to "Christmas", the holiday has been known by various other names throughout its history. The Anglo-Saxons referred to the feast as "midwinter", or, more as Nātiuiteð. "Nativity", meaning "birth", is from Latin nātīvitās. In Old English, Gēola referred to the period corresponding to December and January, equated with Christian Christmas. "Noel" entered English in the late 14th century and is from the Old French noël or naël, itself from the Latin nātālis meaning "birth". The gospels of Luke and Matthew describe Jesus as being born in Bethlehem to the Virgin Mary. In Luke and Mary travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem for the census, Jesus is born there and laid in a manger. Angels proclaimed him a savior for all people, shepherds came to adore him. Matthew adds that the magi follow a star to Bethlehem to bring gifts to Jesus, born the king of the Jews. King Herod orders the massacre of all the boys less than two years old in Bethlehem, but the family flees to Egypt and returns to Nazareth.
The nativity stories recounted in Matthew and Luke prompted early Christian writers to suggest various dates for the anniversary. Although no date is indicated in the gospels, early Christians connected Jesus to the Sun through the use of such phrases as "Sun of righteousness." The Romans marked the winter solstice on December 25. The first recorded Christmas celebration was in Rome on December 25, 336. Christmas played a role in the Arian controversy of the fourth century. After this controversy was played out, the prominence of the holiday declined; the feast regained prominence after 800. Associating it with drunkenness and other misbehavior, the Puritans banned Christmas during the Reformation, it remained disreputable. In the early 19th century, Christmas was reconceived by Washington Irving, Charles Dickens, other authors as a holiday emphasizing family, kind-heartedness, gift-giving, Santa Claus. Christmas does not appear on th
Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, opinion, reviews and style, is known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres, it hosts events, owns a publishing firm, operates several TV shows. Billboard was founded in 1894 by William Donaldson and James Hennegan as a trade publication for bill posters. Donaldson acquired Hennegen's interest in 1900 for $500. In the early years of the 20th century, it covered the entertainment industry, such as circuses and burlesque shows, created a mail service for travelling entertainers. Billboard began focusing more on the music industry as the jukebox and radio became commonplace. Many topics it covered were spun-off into different magazines, including Amusement Business in 1961 to cover outdoor entertainment, so that it could focus on music.
After Donaldson died in 1925, Billboard was passed down to his children and Hennegan's children, until it was sold to private investors in 1985, has since been owned by various parties. The first issue of Billboard was published in Cincinnati, Ohio by William Donaldson and James Hennegan on November 1, 1894, it covered the advertising and bill posting industry, was known as Billboard Advertising. At the time, billboards and paper advertisements placed in public spaces were the primary means of advertising. Donaldson handled editorial and advertising, while Hennegan, who owned Hennegan Printing Co. managed magazine production. The first issues were just eight pages long; the paper had columns like "The Bill Room Gossip" and "The Indefatigable and Tireless Industry of the Bill Poster". A department for agricultural fairs was established in 1896; the title was changed to The Billboard in 1897. After a brief departure over editorial differences, Donaldson purchased Hennegan's interest in the business in 1900 for $500 to save it from bankruptcy.
That May, Donaldson changed it from a monthly to a weekly paper with a greater emphasis on breaking news. He improved editorial quality and opened new offices in New York, San Francisco and Paris, re-focused the magazine on outdoor entertainment such as fairs, circuses and burlesque shows. A section devoted to circuses was introduced in 1900, followed by more prominent coverage of outdoor events in 1901. Billboard covered topics including regulation, a lack of professionalism and new shows, it had a "stage gossip" column covering the private lives of entertainers, a "tent show" section covering traveling shows, a sub-section called "Freaks to order". According to The Seattle Times, Donaldson published news articles "attacking censorship, praising productions exhibiting'good taste' and fighting yellow journalism"; as railroads became more developed, Billboard set up a mail forwarding system for traveling entertainers. The location of an entertainer was tracked in the paper's Routes Ahead column Billboard would receive mail on the star's behalf and publish a notice in its "Letter-Box" column that it has mail for them.
This service was first introduced in 1904, became one of Billboard's largest sources of profit and celebrity connections. By 1914, there were 42,000 people using the service, it was used as the official address of traveling entertainers for draft letters during World War I. In the 1960s, when it was discontinued, Billboard was still processing 1,500 letters per week. In 1920, Donaldson made a controversial move by hiring African-American journalist James Albert Jackson to write a weekly column devoted to African-American performers. According to The Business of Culture: Strategic Perspectives on Entertainment and Media, the column identified discrimination against black performers and helped validate their careers. Jackson was the first black critic at a national magazine with a predominantly white audience. According to his grandson, Donaldson established a policy against identifying performers by their race. Donaldson died in 1925. Billboard's editorial changed focus as technology in recording and playback developed, covering "marvels of modern technology" such as the phonograph, record players, wireless radios.
It began covering coin-operated entertainment machines in 1899, created a dedicated section for them called "Amusement Machines" in March 1932. Billboard began covering the motion picture industry in 1907, but ended up focusing on music due to competition from Variety, it created a radio broadcasting station in the 1920s. The jukebox industry continued to grow through the Great Depression, was advertised in Billboard, which led to more editorial focus on music; the proliferation of the phonograph and radio contributed to its growing music emphasis. Billboard published the first music hit parade on January 4, 1936, introduced a "Record Buying Guide" in January 1939. In 1940, it introduced "Chart Line", which tracked the best-selling records, was followed by a chart for jukebox records in 1944 called Music Box Machine charts. By the 1940s, Billboard was more of a music industry specialist publication; the number of charts it published grew after World War II, due to a growing variety of music interests and genres.
It had eight charts by 1987, covering different genres and formats, 28 charts by 1994. By 1943, Billboard had about 100 employees; the magazine's offices moved to Brighton, Ohio in 1946 to New York City in 1948. A five-column tabloid format was adopted in November 1950 and coated paper was first used in Billboard's print issues in January 1963, allowing for photojournalis
Empires (Hillsong United album)
Empires is the fourth studio album from Australian contemporary worship music band Hillsong United, a worship band from Hillsong Church. The album was released on 26 May 2015, under Hillsong Music, Sparrow Records and Capitol Christian Music Group. Michael Guy Chislett served as the album's producer, with vocalist Joel Houston serving as creative director and co-producer. "Touch the Sky" was released as the album's lead single in March 2015. The cover of Empires was launched into space on 12 March 2015. To further promote the album, the group performed single "Touch the Sky" on the Today Show on 2 April 2015; the album is United's fourth studio album, was released on 26 May 2015 by Hillsong Music and Sparrow Records. It was released in CD, digital download, vinyl formats; the lead single from the album was "Touch the Sky", released to digital retailers on 24 March 2015, to Christian radio on 11 April 2015."Say the Word" was released as the second single from the album on 1 February 2016. "Prince of Peace" was released to digital retailers on 21 April 2015 as a promotional single followed by "Heart Like Heaven", released to the iTunes Store and as a lyric video on Hillsong United's YouTube channel on 18 May 2015.
Giving the album three and a half stars at CCM Magazine, Caroline Lusk says, "Empires is a stunning display of universally relevant themes". Brian Mansfield, rating the album two and a half stars out of four for USA Today, states, "Empires focuses on submission and service." Rating the album four stars from New Release Tuesday, Marcus Hathcock describes feeling "awkward", after he finished listening to the album. Awarding the album five stars from FDRMX, Jessica Morris writes, "Hillsong UNITED have done an extraordinary job in putting together and delivering an album, both authentic and of the highest quality."Ryan Barbee, giving the album four and a half stars for Jesus Freak Hideout, says, "Empires, might continue to walk the love/hate line for some people". Rating the album three and a half stars at Jesus Freak Hideout, Mark Rice writes, "Empires all the way through relegates it to the status of a lullaby album", as compared to their previous offering. Scott Fryberer, awarding the album four stars from Jesus Freak Hideout, states, "United doesn't necessarly win points for the most creative lyricism, but they're leagues above where they used to be".
Indicating in a four and a half star review from Worship Leader, Jeremy Armstrong writes, "paradoxes of faith and God's greatness resound throughout."Awarding the album five stars at Louder Than the Music, Jono Davies says it's "Superb." Abby Baracskai, rating the album a 4.0 out of five for Christian Music Review, states, "the album was interesting to listen to musically because of all the minute details compiled together to create unique sounds, lyric wise because of the important messages they illustrate." Giving the album five stars from CM Addict, Michael Tackett writes, "Simply put…Empires is a masterpiece." Tony Cummings, affixing a ten out of ten rating upon the album at Cross Rhythms, says, "United have produced a classic album with the potential to change tens of thousands of lives." In the United States, the album debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 chart in its first week with 50,000 units, 47,000 of which are pure album sales, making this Hillsong United's best sales week. It debuted at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart and No. 2 on the Digital Albums.
The album has sold 122,000 copies in the United States as of June 2016. This album was No. 12, on the Worship Leader's Top 20 Albums of 2015 list. The song, "Heart Like Heaven", was No. 6, on the Worship Leader's Top 20 Songs of 2015 list. NotesWorship leaders for each song can be found at this link. Weekly chartsYear-end charts
People Just Like Us
People Just Like Us is the third live praise and worship album of contemporary worship music by Hillsong Church. People Just Like Us was recorded live at the Hills Entertainment Centre by Geoff Bullock, Darlene Zschech and the Hillsong team, it has the first release of one of the most famous modern Christian worship songs of all time, Shout to the Lord by Darlene Zschech. The Majority of the songs were written by Geoff Bullock, Russell Fragar, Paul Iannuzzelli. In December 1997 Norman Smith of Cross Rhythms rated the album as 2 out of 10 and described the video as showcasing "glitzy, good looking, well dressed, brand new hairdo worship" where "only the beautiful, the groomed and the young are on display", he opined that "Although the songs themselves are sung with a certain conviction... no matter how it's dressed up, this dog's dinner of an offering... contextless collection of schmaltzy, Sydney soap song". "Introduction" "People Just Like Us" - Lead Vocals: Debbie Steinhardt, Geoff Bullock & Darlene Zschech "Father of Lights" - Lead Vocals: Darlene Zschech & David Evans "In the Name of the Lord" - Lead Vocals: Darlene Zschech, David Evans & Geoff Bullock "You Rescued Me" - Lead Vocal: Rob Eastwood "The Power and the Glory" - Lead Vocals: David Evans & Darlene Zschech "Have Faith in God" - Lead Vocals: David Evans, Geoff Bullock & Darlene Zschech "Your Love Keeps Following Me" - Lead Vocals: Lucy Fisher "I Just Want to Praise the Lord" - Lead Vocals: Darlene Zschech, David Evans & Geoff Bullock "Longin' for Your Touch" - Lead Vocal: David Evans "In the Silence" - Lead Vocals: Darlene Zschech & David Evans "Just Let Me Say" - Lead Vocals: Debbie Steinhardt & Geoff Bullock "Shout to the Lord" - Lead Vocals: Darlene Zschech "Faith" - Lead Vocals: Darlene Zschech, David Evans & Geoff Bullock Worship Pastor Geoff BullockMusic Director Russell FragarVocals Director Darlene ZschechChoir Directors Annabelle Chaffey Janine BullockLead Vocals Darlene Zschech David Evans Geoff Bullock Lucy Fisher Debbie Steinhardt Rob EastwoodBacking Vocals Lucy Fisher Gail Dunshea Deborah de Jong Debbie Steinhardt Steve McPherson Rob Eastwood The Hillsong ChoirPiano Geoff BullockAdditional Piano & Keyboards Russell FragarKeyboards Paul IannuzzelliGuitars David Moyse Allan ChardBass Guitar Paul EwingDrums Adam SimekPercussion Stuart FellTrumpet Mark GregorySaxophone Paul Iannuzzelli Jun JavierFlute Jun JavierExecutive Producer Brian HoustonProducers Geoff Bullock Darlene Zschech Russell FragarEngineer Jeff ToddPost Production & Mixdown @ Rich Music Studios Assistant Engineers Frazer Stuart Phil MunroeMastered by: William Bowden Front Of House Engineer Nick AshaFoldback Engineer Heath GrahamTechnical Director Cameron WadePhotographer Victoria HawkinsArtwork Chris Perry Graphic Design Asher Gregory