Integrity Music announces the December 1 release of Planetshakers Christmas Volume 1 from Melbourne, Australia's Planetshakers Band. The four-song EP, their first-ever holiday project, offers joyful, pop and R&B-infused versions of three holiday favorites, plus an all-new Christmas song.
The release caps a full year for Planetshakers as they celebrate two decades of "empowering generations to win generations." What began as a youth conference in 1997 quickly grew into a global ministry that includes nine churches on five continents, annual conferences and live events, a weekly international TV broadcast, a college and 20+ albums, including five Dove Award nominated projects. This year alone, Planetshakers Band will have released two digital EPs, the live Legacy CD/DVD and its Spanish language counterpart, Legado before releasing Christmas.
"Christmas, for us, is a time of such joy and celebration," says Sam Evans, who leads worship and serves as a senior pastor of Planetshakers along with her husband, Russell. "So we wanted to create something new and fresh that would help others have that same joyful, fun-filled experience as we join together with family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus."
"We are so thankful to God for all he has done in our lives this year," she adds. "For all the people who have been changed, healed and empowered... we can't help but feel such a sense of excitement at the prospects of what God will do in the future."
The tracklist for Planetshakers Christmas Volume 1, which will be available for pre-sale beginning November 24, is:
- "Hark" (featuring Joth Hunt on vocals)
- "Joy to the World" (featuring Andy Harrison on vocals)
- "Silent Night" (featuring Chelsi Nikkerud and Joth Hunt on vocals)
- "It's Christmas" (featuring Joth Hunt on vocals)
Since its inaugural gathering in 1997, Planetshakers has gone on to become a global movement through its annual conferences, international church campuses and numerous live recordings, including multiple Dove Award-nominated projects. The Planetshakers Band-led by a passionate team pursuing the presence of God-was originally formed to lead worship at the first Planetshakers conference in Australia. News of the life-changing Planetshakers conferences spread like wildfire as attendees experienced God, went back to their home churches and shared their encounters. Since then, the Australia-based collective, led by Senior Pastors Russell and Sam Evans, has hosted gatherings in cities around the world while also launching Planetshakers Church in 2004. With over 14,000 members in Australia, Planetshakers Church is one of the fastest growing churches in that nation's history, stretching across five campuses in Melbourne with additional locations in Singapore, Cape Town, South Africa; Geneva, Switzerland and Austin, Texas. Celebrating 20 years of ministry, Planetshakers' latest CD/DVD project, Legacy (Integrity Music), captures live performances at recent conferences in Melbourne, Manila, Philippines and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 12-track collection honors the countless ways God has used the ministry and music of Planetshakers over the past two decades to raise up a generation of Christ followers with a clear vision of taking the Gospel to nations... "empowering generations to win generations." For more information, visit Planetshakers.com.