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10/26/2010 - New Hillsong Chapel Series Releases First Album, Yahweh, Today
New from Hillsong Church, Hillsong Chapel is a series of intimate and devotional arrangements of popular songs led by Hillsong UNITED and Hillsong LIVE worship leaders. Recorded live in the church’s chapel, Yahweh releases today and is the first installment in this already acclaimed series that contains organic and contemplative versions of such top Christian Copyright Licensing International (CCLI) songs as “Hosanna,” “From The Inside Out” and the No. 1 CCLI song sung by an estimated 40 million people every week in church services around the world, “Mighty To Save.” Thirteen songs in all, including the title track “Yahweh,” the project draws from a catalog of albums that have sold over 11 million copies.
Tens of thousands of people received a preview of Hillsong Chapel Yahweh as Hillsong LIVE played acoustic versions of songs from the recording on its recent sold-out tour of the US. Now, worship leaders, Facebook friends and music fans will receive special insight to this new recording starting with a month-long Hillsong campaign from EMI CMG Publishing that culminates with a live streaming Hillsong Chapel Yahweh event on www.worshiptogether.com. This first-ever live online event for Hillsong and www.worshiptogether.com launches at 7:00 pm CT Nov. 2. The event is geared toward worship leaders and features Hillsong team members Ben Fielding, Annie Garratt, Nigel Hendroff, Reuben Morgan and more playing music from Yahweh live, demonstrating how to translate these songs in an intimate setting and pointing out elements to focus on in smaller gatherings. They will also answer questions and run select videos from the Yahweh DVD.
A second online event follows at 8:00 pm CT on Hillsong LIVE’s Facebook page and will be geared to Hillsong LIVE and Hillsong UNITED’s 1.6+ million Facebook friends. In addition to playing live and running videos from the DVD, the Hillsong worship team members will answer questions in ‘real time’ from its friends on Facebook.
Although having never recorded an “unplugged” version of their songs, Hillsong team members crafted the brand new Hillsong Chapel Yahweh arrangements in response to churches around the world asking for acoustic versions of their popular anthems. In addition to the new, intimate arrangements of these songs, the Yahweh CD includes all the song chord charts that worship leaders can use with their worship teams in their local church services. A companion, full-length DVD featuring all the songs on the CD is also available and was filmed as 300 worshippers filled the Hillsong chapel in Sydney, Australia.
“Yahweh represents the very best of what the modern worship community has to offer… A visionary and influential contribution to the modern worship canon that will be remembered for years to come,” says All Music Guide as critics herald the new recording. Gmclife.com says, “The new series takes worship back to a simpler time when it wasn’t a movement or a genre but simply a way of praising our God…The new arrangements make for a more organic record, perfect as the background piece to someone’s personal devotions or for smaller congregations who didn’t find the originals a perfect fit.” Soul-Audio.com calls the recording, “incredibly peaceful and wonderful.”
Five of the Yahweh songs can be listened to now as they stream at www.worshiptogether.com and www.newreleasetuesday.com. The complete CD / DVD track listing follows:
02. You'll Come
04. The Time Has Come
05. Saviour King
07. Came To My Rescue
09. This Is Our God
10. You Hold Me Now
11. From The Inside Out
12. Mighty To Save
13. Salvation Is Here
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