In partnership with Integrity Music and Daystar Television Network, Planetshakers is gearing up for a unique launch event unlike anything they have attempted before in celebration of their new album #LETSGO. At the heart of the new CD is a challenge, a dare to listeners to see what is possible when they boldly follow God. This message is being taken to the world with Planetshakers LIVE!
"Planetshakers' desire is to help believers encounter God through praise and worship, and unbelievers through evangelism," adds C. Ryan Dunham, President of Integrity Music. "Regularly filling stadiums and arenas around the world, their heart is not just in making great music, but to see people intimately experience God in such a profound way that they are never the same. Now believers in North America can share in that mission by helping spiritually needy people overseas encounter God through the music of Planetshakers, passing on the message of #LETSGO to others."
Produced by Joth Hunt and featuring Hunt along with co-senior pastor and worship leader Sam Evans and worship leaders Rudy Nikkerud and BJ Pridham, #LETSGO was recorded live at Planetshakers' spring 2015 "Awakening" conference in Melbourne. Available for pre-order now on iTunes, purchasers can instantly download the tracks "Lets Go," "Stepping In" and "Born to Praise." Hitting stores Sept. 11, #LETSGO will be available as a CD/DVD combination as well as a standard digital album and a Digital Deluxe recording.
Having led over 200,000 people at a single event in Asia and sharing new music from #LETSGO and other favorite Planetshakers worship anthems around the world, Planetshakers recently finished multiple back-to-back sold out events in Manila, Taipei (Taiwan), Shanghai (China), Jakarta (Indonesia) and more locations around the world.
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The ministry of Planetshakers began in Australia and has quickly spanned the globe with their passionate, upbeat brand of worship. #LETSGO, the most recent offering from the Aussies, is perhaps their most energetic yet, with 15 live recordings designed both as declarations and as calls to global mission work.
The title track "LETSGO" instantly introduces the electronic style of this collection, framing the celebratory cry "death is over and I'm alive / I'm taking hold of this victory." This supercharged, Spirit-fueled dance party vibe returns often throughout the album, notable as well on songs like "All About You" or the heavily EDM-influenced "New Era."
There are moments of rest presented here as well, as with the reverent "Home," which marvels at the safety we find whenever we seek God's presence. "Glorious Collision" builds from simple piano and vocals into a soaring anthem. "I Believe" begins with a similar gentler sound, giving clear room for the lyrics "Hallelujah! You said 'it's done, death is overcome.' / Oh hallelujah, You washed me clean and now I'm free."
Live albums always present a challenge in attempting to capture the heart of the event at which they were recorded, but #LETSGO balances the soaring voices of the crowd in perfect measure with the sound of the band to highlight the fact that this experience was much bigger than the musicians on stage. On tracks like "Stepping In," the crowd can be clearly heard swelling behind the main vocals, helping the listener feel like they're a part of the same collective corporate voice.
Although for the most part the album stays the course of electronic-influenced-arena worship, there are surprising moments tucked towards the middle of the set. "Turned it Around" sounds borderline gospel in its construction at moments, "Love of My Life" has a soul vibe in the intro, and "Born to Praise" boasts a funky groove and the addition of a rapper. The deviations feel a little out of place, but they do serve to mix things up.
Planetshakers has stated that they believe life transformation occurs from encountering God and spending time in His presence. #LETSGO voices that kind of call, beckoning listeners to enter first into worshipful communion with Him so that they can go from there into all the world with His Spirit and truth empowering their lives.
Although the album definitely captures the atmosphere of the evening during which it was recorded well, there are moments when it struggles to stay both engaging and coherent in equal measure-- a challenge perhaps intensified by the album's length. However, the heart behind the project still rings clear, promising to usher listeners into the presence of God.
Song to Download Now:
"LETSGO" (Get it on iTunes here.)
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