The Latest (ARG): We Are Young And Free – Hillsong Young & Free

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Hillsong. It’s a household name that is nearly synonymous with music, thanks to the global church’s extensive ministry in that field. Countless people, no matter what their beliefs, have heard the names of the ministry’s top musical divisions: Australia-based Hillsong United and Hillsong Live. Both groups focus on including contemporary guitar-infuenced musical styles in their productions, with United now embracing more of a synth-heavy rock sound.

However, if you’ve ever tuned into mainstream radio, there is virtually no sound of a strumming guitar to be heard. The youth today find their ear-candy in songs that drive the listener to dance. Although floor-shaking bass lines and loud, electronic beats are no doubt sounds that draw the young generation in, they are rarely experienced in churches today; in fact, some congregations even treat them as taboo.

What many Christians unfortunately do not realize is that the same tools that are used for the world’s system can be used for the Kingdom…to an even greater extent. To make another point, if we have God on our side, shouldn’t the world be coming to us for inspiration, not vice versa? [Okay, time to put my ranting aside.]

The Hillsong church has been known for rising up and setting standards in the Christian music scene, and 2013 marks the year that they’ve done it again- with their own youth.
Ladies and gentlemen, meet Young & Free.

All I have to say is this:

Hillsong Young & Free captures the essence of surrendered, thankful worship…but in the package of catchy, upbeat pop songs that will make any listener leave their chair and jump the floor with praise. It’s the sound of our generation, used for God’s glory, in a fresh and original mix of music fueled by passionate hearts and minds. What more could a listener want?

Isaiah 60:1 comes into mind when I think of Y&F:
“Rise up and shine, for your light has come. The shining-greatness of the Lord has risen upon you.” It’s time for God’s people to rise up and make their mark on this planet. And Hillsong Young & Free is doing just that with their debut album,We Are Young and Free, released the first of October. The album is trendsetting in its own right, featuring a blend of upbeat electro-pop worship and some synth rock tones as well. It all comes together to make a project that is more-than-worthy of an addition to any Christian music and worship lover’s collection. Well done, Y&F.
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