Hillsong Young & Free
About Hillsong Young & Free
One of the groups affiliated with the Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, the Hillsong Young & Free collective perform pop/electronic-influenced worship music with a target audience of young believers. Unlike their elder siblings in Hillsong United and Hillsong Worship, Hillsong Young & Free shift the sonic focus from guitar-centric worship band music and take inspiration from contemporary pop and electronic production, which results in a Top 40 sound with a spiritual message. Of their trio of Top 2 albums, 2016's Youth Revival was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.
Announced in 2012, the group issued the singles "Alive," "Wake," and the Spanish-language "Vivo Estás," all in 2013. Filled with dance beats and teen pop anthems, their debut album, We Are Young & Free, arrived later in the year, featuring production from Hillsong veteran Michael-Guy Chislett. The album topped the Billboard Christian Albums chart and landed at number six in their native Australia. They topped the U.S. Christian chart again at the start of 2015 with the This Is Living EP (featuring Lecrae on the title track), delivering We Are Young & Free: The Remixes EP before year's end.
In early 2016 they released their sophomore album, Youth Revival, which peaked at number two on the Billboard U.S. Top Christian Albums chart and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. The live set included the singles "Where You Are," "Real Love (Live)," and "Falling Into You." A year later they returned with an acoustic rendering of the same album called Youth Revival Acoustic.
In the summer of 2018, Hillsong Young & Free issued their third full-length, the aptly titled III. Debuting at number two on the Christian chart, III featured singles "P E A C E," "Just Jesus," and "Let Go." ~ Neil Z. Yeung & David Jeffries