For centuries, words and instruments have painted pictures of adoration to God that have echoed off the walls of cathedrals and filled the air of secret home churches. Yet, much like the people singing those sacred lyrics, the idea of worship and its musical sound have been on a journey.
Over the past 20 years, Integrity Music recording artist Planetshakers Band has been forging new frontiers, pushing the boundaries of what modern worship sounds and looks like, and they have found a unique voice for conveying praise and love to God. Building on a legacy of innovation, their textural approach has resonated with a global audience, packing out arenas around the world. With the March 17 release of their new EP, Legacy -- Part 1: Alive Again, recorded in Manila, Philippines and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, they expand their sound even further.
Their notion of what worship is goes far beyond music. For these international influencers, it is about connecting how we live with the vulnerability and passion of the lyrics they sing to bring together a picture of what it means to be madly in love with the Creator of the universe, Jesus. And for two decades, Planetshakers' annual conference has been the best place to experience this union of action and music.
"There's an atmosphere that electrifies your spirit when you come together with the people of God to put action to faith, and that's always been the hallmark of every recording we've done," said Planetshakers Senior Pastor and founder, Russell Evans. "When you take the barriers off of worship, there's just a difference that's hard to explain. You have to experience it for yourself."
This April 10-13, thousands of people will come together in Melbourne, Australia, for the 20th anniversary of the conference, eager to dive into this unique musical and spiritual environment that continues to redefine the parameters of worship. Once again, Planetshakers will record the event live for their next album, which will be released through Integrity to a global audience this fall.
However, worship music fans won't have to wait until then to hear the new songs and experience the excitement of Planetshakers Conference 2017. Viewers around the world may join the event via a live television broadcast and online stream thanks to ministry partner, Daystar Television Network, now the largest faith-based network in the U.S. and Canada whose programming is broadcast in every country of the world.
"We are very excited to connect people all over the world with the love of God, which unites us all in such a deep way," said Marcus Lamb, Daystar's Founder and President. "Planetshakers is making worship fresh and personal, and we want to share that with our viewers around the world."