One of the beautiful things about worship is that it's global: everyone is invited to join in with the sound of praise, no matter their location. While we've got some giants in the worship genre right here in the United States, the rest of the world has invaluable contributions to the movement as well.
Inspired by one of these greats, Planetshakers, releasing their brand-new EP Heaven on Earth Part 1, we've collected a few of our favorite international worship groups so you can get better acquainted with the sound of worship around the world.
Originally hailing from Adelaide and now based in Melbourne, Australian worship collective Planetshakers have been making their mark on the worship scene since 1997 as they seek to unite generations in praise through their annual conference. Their newest release, four-song EP Heaven on Earth, acts as part one of a bigger upcoming collection. It was recorded live in the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore during a recent conference.
Possibly the biggest name in international worship is Hillsong, another group of Aussies who have long made waves in music by giving the church powerful anthems like "Mighty To Save," "So Will I," "What A Beautiful Name" and many more. With an estimated 50 million people singing their lyrics in churches across the globe each week, their newest album There Is More only furthers their mission to unite the Church as one voice of praise.
UK-based worship movement Southville debuted their first album, Freedom's Tree, last fall after writing over 100 songs for the project. Recorded at the famous Real World Studios in Somerset, the album is the product of the local church coming together to write and produce songs "by the church, for the church."
Pearl City Worship
Shining the light of the Gospel in India, Pearl City Worship released their debut offering We Won't Be Silent two years ago. Produced by the legendary Ian Eskelin, the album shot to number one in its respective iTunes genre chart--proving that while Pearl City Worship may be a new addition, they're already impacting listeners around the world.
Best known for their staple "Blessed Be Your Name," John Ellis' Tree63 became the first Christian band to garner major mainstream success in their homeland of South Africa as they hit the scene in 1999. After a few years, the band decided to call it quits, but it didn't end for good. Following a seven-year hiatus, Tree63 reconnected in 2015 to release Land, a revisiting of their rock-meets-worship roots.
Oceans of Grace
For Chile-based worship group Oceans of Grace, what they're passionate about goes far beyond just a song. A family who lives out the Gospel through missionary service and a commitment to meeting the physical needs of others, the music acts as yet another way to encourage those they come into contact with.
The City Harmonic
Covenant and Juno Award-winning Canadian group The City Harmonic formed in 2009 and soon became the best-selling new artist in Christian music by way of hit songs like "Manifesto," "Holy (Wedding Day)" and "Mountaintop." After nearly a decade of making music together, 2017 saw the band come to an end with one final project: their first live album Benediction Live, which they recorded in the same town that the band began in years ago.
What started as an "experiment" for the Northern Ireland worshippers in Rend Collective is now a full-fledged success story. The band has come a long way from the indie roots that first introduced them to fans, but their unique and captivating sound (undeniably giving honor to their Irish background) has remained a constant in every project, including their most recent album Good News.
Ask anyone in Christian music today, and they'll quickly tell you that they credit brilliant artists such as Delirious? for paving the way for the next revolution of the worship movement. With innovative creators like Stu G and Martin Smith at the helm, the group had an impressive and impactful two-decade run before disbanding in 2009.
Fronted by former Newsboys member Phil Joel, Zealand Worship hails from--you guessed it--New Zealand. After a 13-year career with Newsboys and time spent preparing for the next chapter of his career, Phil's heart began to shift toward leading worship, and Zealand was born. With catchy "Spirit Sing" currently at radio, Zealand's debut full-length album Liberated released earlier this year.
Caitlin Lassiter is a North Carolina girl that loves Jesus, music, concerts, writing, C.S. Lewis, and sweet tea... She's also a worship leader dreaming of traveling the world to share God's love.
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