The heart of Hillsong UNITED is to create music that reveals the truth of who Jesus is. In studio and out of the studio, on tour or at home, Hillsong UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connects with churches, individuals and ultimately connects people everywhere with God.
Fronted by worship leaders Taya Smith, Joel Houston, Jad Gillies, JD and Matt Crocker, the team is an evolving collaboration of pastors, worship leaders, musicians and songwriters -- all intentional about giving voice to a generation passionate about God. Everything UNITED does, whether it be from recording or writing songs, to playing them in front of people and all that goes with that, it’s an expression of a really extraordinary God doing what only He can do through really ordinary people who love Him, want to serve Him and to build His Church. To simply serve God and allow Him to do what only He can do has always been the team’s desire.
Incorporating breathtaking imagery from Israel, their 2016 album, Of Dirt And Grace - Live From The Land, is a live visual take on songs from their best-selling 2015 record Empires. The Beatitudes served as the essence and inspiration for Empires, leading to the band’s aspiration to film where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount along with additional Biblically historic locations in and around Jerusalem and the areas surrounding the Sea of Galilee, the empty tomb near Golgotha, and more. Included in the CD and DVD/long-form video format are 12 live tracks filmed and recorded on location, including Empires’ favorites “Touch The Sky,” “Say The Word,” and “Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)” along with three bonus tracks. Among the additional tracks: the platinum-selling “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail).”
"We wanted to do something really special and show the songs in a different light -- we recorded the songs live and on location in some of the most beautiful places we have been -- it was surreal being in the places Jesus ministered. We hope people feel a little of what we experienced," shares Joel Houston.
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