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The Voice of A New Generation
Posted January 15, 2015
By CaitlinLassiter_NRT, Staff Reviewer


The widely successful Hillsong Church in Australia has branched out in many ways following their launch-- one of the best recent offshoots being their youth music ministry, Young & Free. Y&F came on the scene in 2013 with the release of their debut album, We Are Young & Free, and has since become one of the most influential voices in the Christian youth culture. Singles "Wake" and "Alive" found almost instant positive feedback from listeners around the world, and the group soon became a top-selling worship movement, gaining a steady fanbase from listeners of all ages.
 
Kicking off the new year with new music, the EP This Is Living features 5 songs, 3 of them being brand new, infused with the energy and EDM vibe that has become synonymous with Young & Free's ministry.
 
Title track "This Is Living" is an anthemic collaboration with Grammy-winning rapper Lecrae. "For us it was a dream come true to collaborate with Lecrae who we not only love and respect as an artist, but as someone who is a strong voice for freedom to this generation. If anyone's message echoes the message of 'This Is Living,' it's Lecrae," said the team about working with the popular artist.
 
Appropriately named "Energy" visits the more electronic side of the EP and serves as the dance tune, while "Pursue" follows more along the lines of worship.
 
An acoustic version of "This Is Living" is up next, sticking out as an immediate favorite. Beginning with a beautiful guitar intro, the male and female vocals work together in graceful harmony to lead us in an intimate moment of worship. Bringing the EP to a close, a reprise of "Sinking Deep" from their first album draws us into yet another powerful meeting with the presence of God.
 
Closing Thoughts:
Hillsong Young & Free has big things ahead, that much is sure. After only minutes of listening to the music they've poured their heart into, it's clear that they're passionate about Christ and making His name known through worship. This Is Living is a perfect representation of that passion, exuding praise and joy from every single lyric. I'm sure I'm with the majority when I say I honestly can't wait to see what's in the works from Y&F, and I will be a glad listener to whatever they send us next.
 
Song To Download Now:
"This Is Living (Acoustic)" (Get it on iTunes here.)
 

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