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Hillsong LIVE, A Beautiful Exchange, Called "One Of The Most Significant Releases Of The Year," Becomes No. 1 Top Seller; U.S. Tour Begins July 21, Already Logs Sold Out Events

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(Nashville, TN) July 7, 2010“…A Beautiful Exchange is Hillsong better than they have ever been – musically, lyrically and as skilled practitioners of the art of leading worship…one of the most significant releases of the year,” says Worship Leader in this month’s magazine.  With more than 11-million albums sold worldwide, Hillsong LIVE gathers critical acclaim with its 20th recording, A Beautiful Exchange, which released June 29 and marks the first release of brand new songs in the alliance announced earlier this year with EMI Christian Music Group.  The album this week hits No. 1 on several retail sales charts, including the overall Christian, Praise & Worship and Christian/Gospel Mainstream charts, as well as lands at No. 40 on the Billboard Top 200 while posting No. 8 on iTunes Top Album chart (No. 1 iTunes Christian chart).  The group also logs sold out concerts across the U.S. in its first tour led by Reuben Morgan.

Each year Hillsong Church, one of the world’s fastest-growing evangelical ministries, records songs from its worship community around the world that have resonated with the church throughout the year.  Known for such worldwide worship anthems as “Shout To The Lord,” “Mighty To Save,” “My Hope,” “From the Inside Out,” “Hosanna” and many more, Hillsong LIVE’s A Beautiful Exchange was recorded live Nov. 8 along with thousands of worshippers gathered together in the Sydney (Australia) Entertainment Centre and led by worship leaders Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Ben Fielding, Darlene Zschech and Jad Gillies, among others. The recording explores themes of sacrifice and redemption in the title track, confession in “Forever Reign,” extraordinary love in “Our God Is Love,” and features songs of hope, reconciliation and praise.

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In addition to Worship Leader, here is what critics are saying about the recording:

 

A Beautiful Exchange is truly stellar…If you are looking for new worship songs to sing with fellow believers, this album is chock-full of congregational songs…You’ll be singing along at the top of your lungs…” – NewReleaseTuesday.com

 

“Hillsong continues to be a leader in the worship movement, and these 12 new tracks solidify their position…A Beautiful Exchange is another solid offering chalk full of songs we’ll be singing for years to come.” – Gospel Music Channel

 

“Not only is A Beautiful Exchange theologically deep, it is beautiful beyond description. An explanation of Christ taking our sin and exchanging it with righteousness is the very heart of the Christian message…another great offering from a ministry dead set on creating new expressions of praise…If you like modern worship, then this is a great album to own.” – TheChristianManifesto.com

“This crew has a wonderful knack for writing sincere, honest and reverent songs of praise that not only do their job of telling of God’s amazing character, but also inspire others to worship Him as well…Also available on DVD…is a beautifully-shot visual accompaniment to the CD which showcases the songs and makes you really feel like you are there singing and dancing along with the thousands in Australia. It is truly amazing to watch, and brings the songs to life, as so many lives are united in praise to the God who deserves that and so much more.” – HollywoodJesus.com 

 

In addition to the CD, A Beautiful Exchange is featured on DVD along with a “Behind The Scenes” documentary and subtitles in 11 languages, reflecting the worldwide reach of Hillsong LIVE.  The Special Edition DVD further features five bonus recordings from Hillsong London.

 

Coinciding with the release of the recording, Reuben Morgan leads his first Hillsong LIVE tour of the U.S. set to launch July 21 into major markets across the country. Morgan co-wrote the current No. 1 Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) song, “Mighty To Save,” sung by an estimated 40 million people every week in church services around the world.  The tour went on sale to the public June 4 in multiple markets and has already sold thousands of tickets nationally.  With all Hillsong LIVE with Reuben Morgan tour dates selling quickly, Detroit’s 3,000-seat church and two Los Angeles events Aug. 3 and 5 at the 3,500-seat Club Nokia have completely sold out.

 

Singing new songs from A Beautiful Exchange and congregational favorites spanning 20 recordings, the Hillsong LIVE with Reuben Morgan tour itinerary follows:

 

Date

City

Venue

7/22/2010- THUR

Enumclaw, WA

Creation Festival

7/24/2010- SAT

Atlanta, GA

Mount Pisgah

7/25/2010- SUN

Spartanburg, SC

Evangel Cathedral

7/26/2010- MON

Lexington, KY

Southland Christian

7/27/2010- TUE

Detroit, MI

Northridge Church (Sold Out)

7/29/2010- THUR

Tulsa, OK

Church on the Move

7/30/2010- FRI

Dallas, TX

Fellowship Church

8/1/2010- SUN

Albuquerque, NM

Legacy Church

8/2/2010- MON

Mesa, AZ

City Of Grace Church

8/3/2010- TUE

Los Angeles, CA

Club Nokia (Sold Out)

8/4/2010- WED

Sacramento, CA

Bayside Church (Roseville, CA)

8/5/2010- THUR

Los Angeles, CA

Club Nokia (Sold Out)

In addition to the tour, the annual Hillsong Conference started Monday at Acer Arena in Syndney, Australia and is expected to draw more than 25,000 people each night of the 5-day conference.  Joining Hillsong Church Sr. Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston at the conference will be special guest speakers T. D. Jakes, Judah Smith, Andy Stanley and Ed Young.  Darlene Zschech, Hillsong UNITED, Hillsong LIVE, Israel Houghton, Tim Hughes and more will lead worship.  Birthed out of a desire to be a blessing to the church worldwide and make God’s name known across the Earth, more information on the conference can be found at http://hillsongconference.com/.

 

About Hillsong LIVE: 

Beginning in 1988, Hillsong LIVE released its first worship album, Spirit and Truth, and now has 20 recordings with distribution in almost 90 countries worldwide. The Hillsong Church Worship and Creative Arts team, led by Joel Houston and Reuben Morgan, is made up of hundreds of dedicated singers and musicians, as well as a highly trained production crew.  This team teaches new songs to Hillsong Church members almost every weekend.  The Hillsong LIVE albums reveal the best of these songs and are meant to be a resource to enable people to enter into new dimension and atmosphere of praise and worship to the Lord, and to share some of what God is doing at Hillsong Church with Christians around the world.

 

About Hillsong Church:

Based in Sydney, Australia, Hillsong Church is one of the world’s fastest-growing ministries, with a 25,000-plus strong congregation in Australia, as well as one of the largest evangelical churches in London, Cape Town and Kiev. Hillsong also has churches in Stockholm and Paris, and recently announced plans to establish a new church in New York City. Hillsong Music has sold over 11 million albums to date and has earned 30 Gold and Platinum awards around the world.

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For more information, tour tickets, etc., please visit: http://live.hillsong.com/.