Hillsong UNITED recently embarked on a surprise U.S. pop-up tour in celebration of their recent chart-topping album release, "WONDER." Fittingly named "WONDER In The Wild Tour," the multi-platinum-selling powerhouse is engaging fans to decide where they will travel and perform by submitting one-minute creative Instagram video entries using the hashtag #wonderinthewild, petitioning the group to visit their hometowns.
On tour now through August 6, Hillsong UNITED is slated to host events at summer camps, youth groups, churches, weddings and private homes. They plan on keeping the circuit open to allow some last minute decisions and encourage fans everywhere to continue sending in their suggestions.
"We wanted to do something different at launch of our new album," says Hillsong UNITED's JD Douglass. "Rather than touring in arenas and venues, we thought 'let's go where the people want us to.' The response we've received is overwhelming, as more and more people continue to jump on board daily."
Dictated completely by fans, Hillsong UNITED kicked off its "WONDER In The Wild Tour" by performing at thewedding of Chad and Jamie Beane. After the couple posted several videos about how UNITED's music is woven into their relationship and journey together (the couple first met at a UNITED show!), the band decided with less than 24 hours to jump on a plane and crash the wedding. Hillsong UNITED also made pop-up appearances at packed out venues like The Roxy in Los Angeles, and even Folsom Prison to visit an inmate who petitioned the group. The band will be releasing a video of the intimate acoustic session on their social channels in the coming weeks.
Undisputedly one of the genre's most influential artists in the history of contemporary Christian music, chart leading Hillsong UNITED's sixth studio 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. Every song from the project debuted on the Top 100 On-Demand Audio chart, with 8 of its 12 songs charting in the Top 20, making it a first time ever achievement in the Christian genre. Hillsong UNITED's custom lyric videos for "WONDER" also resonated with fans, garnering an unprecedented 1.1 million YouTube views in just one week since going live.
As an additional bonus for fans, Hillsong UNITED recently issued custom lyric videos for every track on the album with never-before-seen footage of studio recordings and photoshoots.
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