Hillsong Music is Christian music produced by Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia as well as offshoot churches, Hillsong London and Hillsong Kiev. Hillsong albums are released and distributed by Hillsong Music Australia.

History:

Hillsong Church's popularity in Christian praise and worship music stems from the inauguration of the Hillsong Conference in the late 1980s and the first publication of choruses written by Hills CLC members, especially Darlene Zschech. Their first live worship CD The Power of Your Love was released in 1992. Since then, live praise and worship albums have been produced each year. Other music series include the Worship series, United, Youth Alive, Hillsong Kids and Instrumental series. They have also released two Christmas albums and several compilation albums.

Popularity:

Some Hillsong songs have distinct gospel influences. Hillsong Music titles regularly feature in the top 25 of most songs sung in all reporting countries recorded through the CCLI website.

People Just Like Us was the first Christian album to achieve gold status in Australia as well as the first to go Platinum. To date, all Hillsong live worship albums have achieved Gold status in Australia. In 1996, Hillsong Music reached international prominence with the release of Shout to the Lord produced by Integrity Music. This was Integrity Music's first live worship album featuring a female worship leader - Darlene Zschech.

The 2004 Hillsong live worship album For All You've Done, debuted at No. 1 on the Australian Record Industry Association album charts. There was some controversy about this outcome as almost all of the albums were sold at Hillsong's annual conference held in early July. The Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) have defended the outcome noting that the album sold more copies than any other record on sale in Australia that week. As of December 2011, Hillsong has sold more than 12 million records across the globe, following its first release in 1991 and a quarter of all contemporary songs heard in Australian churches in 2011 were written by Hillsong.

Awards:

Hillsong Music has achieved many international awards;

Shout to the Lord was nominated for the 1997 Praise & Worship Album of the Year Dove Award.,

The song "Shout to the Lord", written by Darlene Zschech, was nominated for the 1998 Song of the Year Dove Award.,

By Your Side received a nomination for the 2001 Praise & Worship Album of the Year Dove Award.,

In 1999, Darlene received the International Impact of the Year Award from the American Gospel Music Association.,

You Are My World received a nomination for the 2002 Praise & Worship Album of the Year Dove Award.,

Blessed also received a nomination for the Praise & Worship Album of the Year Dove Award.,

"My Hope", written by Darlene Zschech, was nominated for the 2004 Inspirational Song of the Year Dove Award.,

"Mighty to Save", written by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan, received the 2009 Worship Song of the Year Dove Award.,

Worship leaders:

Darlene Zschech is the composer of the famous worship song "Shout to the Lord". Zschech became worship pastor after Geoff Bullock resigned partly because of their "success" Bullock had composed most of Hillsong's early songs in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Russell Fragar, former Hillsong music pastor, produced the first 10 live worship albums before leaving Hillsong Church for Virginia, US in 2001. Other prominent worship leaders include Reuben Morgan, who rose to fame for his song I Give You My Heart and Marty Sampson who was integral in the success of early Hillsong United albums. Recently Joel Houston, son of Brian and Bobbie Houston, has become one of the Hillsong worship leaders and songwriters and has also initiated Hillsong's I-Heart Revolution.

Currently, Cassandra Langton serves as Creative Pastor together with her husband Rich, overseeing everything creative at Hillsong including Hillsong Music. The worship pastor of Hillsong Global is Reuben Morgan.

In January 2011, Darlene Zschech and her husband left Hillsong Australia with the support of Brian and Bobbie Houston. They became senior pastors at Church Unlimited (later named Hope Unlimited Church) in Charmhaven on the New South Wales central coast. Darlene Zschech explained Hillsong's stance in her book Extravagant Worship. She wrote the Hillsong team prayer "Father, let them quickly get their eyes off of us. We just want to point them to you, God, because you are the Author of truth. You are the only One who is to be praised."

The Hillsong UNITED team also tours the globe reaching others with the music that comes from the very heart of Hillsong Church.