Tony Cummings reports on the Sydney-based worship phenomenon HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE
The release of the latest single "Every Little Thing (ftg Andy Mineo)", by the Australian worship team Hillsong Young & Free clearly demonstrates that the youth culture offshoot of Australia's megachurch Hillsong has now become a huge phenomenon in their own right. Their eight albums and their tireless touring around the globe has ensured truly global popularity. With over 386 million YouTube channel views, a combined social following of three million plus, over 500 million global career streams and 700,000 global unit career consumption, the group has earned five No. 1 career singles and eight Top 5 singles at America's Hot AC radio. Their debut album 'We Are Young & Free' landed in the Top 25 on Billboard 200 while their 2017 album 'Youth Revival' garnered the group its first-ever Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
The song "Every Little Thing", featuring the voice of Aodhan King, was first heard on Y&F's 'III' studio album and re-presented on their live 'III (Live At Hillsong Conference)' project. The new recording, featuring popular hip-hop artist Andy Mineo, adds something fresh. Said Aodhan King, "Andy Mineo is one of the most talented voices in Christian hip-hop and he's taken this song to another level. It feels even better than what we imagined." Said the group's Laura Toggs, "This song sets our eyes on the hope we have in Jesus for our future, and we couldn't be happier with how it's turned out."
Y&F are set to make a major tour of the US this autumn, with special guests We Are Messengers. Said Aodhan, "We've seen incredible things touring our latest album around the world. Prayers answered, radical revival, and the most incredible celebrations of an incredible God. But, we genuinely believe that God is not finished yet-and there's still so much more that he wants to do. We're believing that our tour across the USA will be a party like no other and a moment in time that we can look back at and say. . . 'God, thank you'."The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.