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Hillsong United Dominate Dove Awards

Hillsong United were the big winners at Christian music's premier award ceremony last night, scooping up five accolades at the Dove Awards in Nashville.

The Sydney-based worship band picked up trophies for song of the year, for Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), and artist of the year, among others.

Switchfoot and Skillet were the other bands to pick up multiple awards, winning mainly in the contemporary rock category.

Speaking after Hillsong United won song of the year, lead vocalist Jonathan Douglass said: "The song 'Oceans' has opened so many new doors and so many great opportunities to share the message of Jesus."

"Only by the grace of God is this song doing what it's doing ... people keep telling us the song is doing really well, but the way we gauge it is when we talk to people one on one, either back in Sydney or all over the world."

"People grab me by the shoulders, look me in the eyes and say, 'I was going through this and that song is what helped me.' That's why we do these albums."

Listen to Hillsong United's Dove Award-winning song Oceans below.



Catch a glimpse of Strahan's German tour

"While in Germany I played a show in a small town of around 2000 people called Augustfehn. You can imagine my surprise when 120 people turned up to hear this strange kiwi folker from the far corners of the earth!"

Check out this awesome video of Strahan performing tunes and speaking to locals in this small German town - it's only a couple of minutes long and a good rundown of Strahan's heart for the music he plays.

Peep it below!



Hillsong Release 'No Other Name' on DVD

No Other Name is both the title of Hillsong's most recent album and the central idea behind this year's conference - and is now the subject of a DVD being released by the church.

The church's global creative director Cass Langton said the team was "in awe of the profound impact that such a declaration was making on believers and even many without a faith".

"It's more than a music project or a conference - it's Christians across the world declaring the salvation message."

While the 'No Other Name' album has already made an impact across the globe, the deluxe version featuring the DVD - recorded live at this year's Sydney conference - is now available.

Langton called the DVD "a unique experience that showcases the power and unity of corporate worship".

"If you have not experienced the passion of over 20,000 people from 62 countries worshipping in one auditorium, this DVD will take you there," she explained.


She said the live recording from the week of conference was "the closest thing to being there" and suggested that the deluxe version and DVD would be a great gift for people who have never been to a Hillsong Conference.

"We believe anyone who watches this will be blessed by experiencing the message of this album."

You can purchase the DVD from the Hillsong website or from Amazon now.


Latest Disciple Album Out Now // Attack

Disciple's most recent offering Attack came out last week to great critical acclaim - with one reviewer stating the band's new music is "even more direct about its faith, its more melodic in its delivery, and yet, it's still the awesome all-out, rock your face-off, kind of music it has always been".

Frontman and founding member Kevin Young said: "I wanted to talk about Jesus loudly and without shame."

"That's why Radical is the first track and our first single and video. It sets the tone for what we want people to hear.

"We talk about Jesus openly at every show. We do an altar call. That is who we are and that is what Disciple is called to do, and we hope that people hear the new music and say 'Yeah, now that's Disciple!'"

Check out Radical below.


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