Over the last few years, Hillsong UNITED has evolved as a band, but never lost focus of their one purpose and passion: Worship.
Creative, diverse and not limited to any one demographic, the heart of Hillsong UNITED is to create music that reveals the truth of who Jesus is. The faces remain the same - fronted by worship leaders Joel Houston, Jad Gillies and JD, but the team is an evolving collaboration of pastors, worship leaders, musicians and songwriters - all intentional about giving voice to a generation passionate about God.
In studio and out of the studio, on tour or home at Hillsong Church, UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connects with churches, individuals and ultimately connects people everywhere with God.
This year, they are taking a new and a fresh approach to their tours, visuals, songs and multimedia while still keeping it as simple as possible.
"There is a real sense of perseverance within our team, not performance," says Creative Director Joel Houston.
"In 2011 we are pushing the boundaries and stretching ourselves; musically, lyrically and believing that God is going to do things He has never done before."
After releasing the full length I Heart film on the 4 November, Hillsong UNITED took some time away from their hectic schedules for a season of rest in their local church - much needed time that has inevitably breathed new life into their songs.
In 2011, the release of their newest album Aftermath is a thoughtful collaboration that reflects every season of life. Songs that come from deep places, the highs and lows of the Christian journey.
"The message of Jesus Christ is eternal, yet He continues to reveal Himself in new ways... giving us what we need to be followers and disciples of Christ for this time in history," says Joel. "Life with God is fun, its an adventure, it is grace, freedom, peace and everything in between. Whether you are listening to our newest album or our very first, our prayer and passion is that you are empowered to live life with God, encouraged to stay on the course and excited about all that He has for your future."
One thing is certain, the Hillsong UNITED team recognizes the incredible opportunity in front of them... and they are determined to make the most of it...