H I LL S O N G WO R S H I P I S R E FR E S H E D & R E A DY TO S P R E A D R E V I VA L
or over three decades, Hillsong Church has been creating worship music and pushing the envelope on congregational worship. There resources have literally circled the globe. With campuses all around the world, their influence is palpable. The fall of 2019 marked a new project from Hillsong Worship compirising musicians and worship leaders who live and serve in various countries. Awake is the first studio album (as opposed to live) the group has released since 2003. In a Q&A with Brooke Ligertwood, Worship Leader's Caroline Lusk, plumbed the purpose and inspiration behind their latest release.
After a long history of live recordings, why did you decide to head back to the studio for this project?
WL: After such a long hiatus from the
BROOKE: Hillsong Worship has been
BROOKE: There were a lot of beautiful
making records for 30 years now. 2003 was the last studio album. We felt like this was the right time to re-examine who we are. Not in a way that would send us down rabbit trails, but that would define the sound of our church again and articulate that in a studio format. It was a moment to bring into the light who we are as a worship movement and community and explore how that could sound.
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studio, did anything surprising spring to the surface during production?
surprises that came about through the process. We were surprised by the Lord’s kindness. One thing we sought to do was not to get introspective, or look too far within ourselves, but to ask Him, “What do you hear, Lord? Show us!”
were some of the speed bumps or difficulties you encountered while pulling the project together?