The multi-platinum-selling Christian music powerhouse and chart leading Hillsong UNITED's new album, "WONDER" debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian genre, in the Top 5 on iTunes over all genres and received playlist placements to over 4M followers on Spotify on Friday. As an additional bonus for fans, the band released custom lyric videos for every track on the album with never-before-seen footage of studio recordings and photoshoots. Undisputedly one of the genre's most influential artists in the history of contemporary Christian music (over 2 million albums sold and 700 million career streams to date, remaining the No. 1 Christian artist on all social media platforms reaching over 9 million fans combined), the band will appear on The TODAY Show this Wednesday, June 14 in support of release week.
The sixth full-length studio album is out now and garnering rave reviews from fans and critics alike:
"'Wonder,' quite simply, is the best worship album of the year. The sounds are beautiful and captivating, the momentum is inspiring, the lyrics are thought-provoking, and the themes are awe-inspiring." - The Christian Beat
"Creativity takes a front seat with UNITED's sixth studio album 'Wonder.' This is, by far, the most thoughtful and creative album UNITED has ever put out." - Hallels
"There are a ton of hidden gems and perfections, but overall, the sounds that spin from 'Wonder' merit a position on the Mt. Rushmore of the modern worship age. - CCM Magazine
"There are few experiences that compare to beholding the awesome glory of God. 'Wonder' calls to our hearts and echoes back from our souls as we behold the Lord." - Today's Christian Entertainment
In an enlightenment of the project, Joel Houston asks, "Have we lost the Wonder?"
Explaining intrinsically what it means further, the front man for the Australia-born band that has since become an international phenomenon continues, "The hope, the imagination to dream, to believe, the tenderness to listen and lead first with mercy, the grace to empathize, the courage to trust, the fearlessness to love without pretense or condition. To see beyond the facts without dismissing them. To respond beyond the fear without reciprocating it. To sing beyond the noise, without adding to it. This is the challenge, and this is what worship- if worship can be summed up as an expression of art and music and story- is ultimately designed to do. To elevate the conversation, re-awaken the soul to something other, and lift our eyes to the wonder of a superlative truth."
For more on Hillsong UNITED visit www.hillsong.com/UNITED/ or @hillsongunited on all social platforms.
About Hillsong UNITED:
Hillsong UNITED is a multi-award-winning, platinum-selling artist whose chart successes (repeatedly no. 1 on Billboard's Christian charts and up to #5 on Billboard 200) are only bested by the millions of lives they've impacted across the globe. Reporting over 50 million people singing from a catalogue of UNITED songs every Sunday, the modest band born from a youth ministry out of Hillsong Church in Australia, touts a reach of over 9 million across all major social network platforms to date. Comprised of an evolving, eclectic mix of musicians and songwriters, the band is led by Joel Houston and Taya Smith, names that have become synonymous with Christian radio, dominating airwaves with every new release. Their last four studio albums have each topped the USA Christian chart, with "Zion" and "Empires" charting no. 1 (Zion recently also went Gold in the US); and "Oceans," written by Houston and band member Matt Crocker recently went double platinum in the States, counting 200+ million streams and reigning on top of the Christian songs chart for a record 54 weeks. In studio, on tour or at home, Hillsong UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound and connects people everywhere with God, evident by the success they've seen globally. With over 42 countries and six continents and counting, Hillsong UNITED continues to sell out arenas and stadiums around the world, including sold-out nights at the Forum, STAPLES Center and The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the Bridgestone Arena, American Airlines Arena, and the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC to scratch the surface. Hillsong UNITED profoundly functions from the deep understanding that everything they do is an expression of a really extraordinary God doing what only He can do, through really ordinary people.