Hillsong Music Australia
Release Date: February 23rd 2018
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
I’ve done so many, many reviews of Hillsong Worship, Hillsong UNITED and Hillsong Young And Free, so I reckon my now, you would know who each of the incarnations of the band are, right? If not, read everything about Hillsong Worship, UNITED and Young and Free in the links here, here and here, and when you’ve finished, you maybe can gain a bit more perspective and knowledge of the worship movement that’s been around for decades!
Hillsong is here to stay, dunno for how long, but it doesn’t really matter at the end of the day. And with the latest Hillsong single “Peace” by Young & Free dropping to stores a few weeks ago, it’s evident that these passionate young group of worship leaders are not afraid to expand and reinvent the worship genre by infusing dance, pop, electronica and worship together, and are also unafraid and unashamed to speak the word of Jesus in the world. So what makes Young & Free’s latest endeavour so special?
Unlike “Love Won’t Let Me Down”, which is driven by electronic beats, a strong club/dance atmosphere and a tempo fit for moving and dancing to, “Peace” is more subdued, and is led by the keys. Thematically about anxiety, and how ‘…there’s a peace far beyond all understanding, may it ever set my heart at ease, dare anxiety come I’ll remember that peace is a promise You keep…’, lead vocalist Melodie Wagner eloquently and passionately highlights to us the ever true concept of Jesus always being our peace, our understanding, our refuge, our shelter, at all times. As Jesus is the One we can rely on and run to when times are confusing and when we are at breaking point; “Peace” is a timely reminder, from a band that still has more left by God to do in terms of their music ministry, of God’s faithfulness and His love for us that passes beyond all understanding.
With Youth Revival firmly placing the band at the forefront of the US mainstream and Christian markets; Hillsong Young & Free’s latest single is a joy to listen to, as we are blessed with the immense heart for Jesus of all the vocalists and personnel involved. Even though I do enjoy the Hillsong United albums better than any other counterpart, Young & Free still have their place in CCM- by this song alone (not to mention “Love Won’t Let Me Down”!), Young & Free show us the church in its brutal honesty and surrender to Jesus. This track is what I have come to expect from Hillsong Young & Free, and I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next full length album sometime in the future as well! Well done to this humble and young Aussie band whose ministry is guaranteed to touch many lives!
RIYL: Hillsong UNITED, Planetshakers, For All Seasons, Cody Carnes, Aaron Shust, Kari Jobe