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Creating the Hillsong Sound: How One Church Changed Australian Christian Music

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Abstract

Hillsong Music is now a worldwide phenomenon and dominant producer of global Christian music. This chapter maps out the growth of Hillsong Music from its humble beginnings, focusing on two key areas. The first centers on the notion of the “Hillsong sound.” What is it musically about these albums that cemented a sonic identity for Hillsong, one that would resonate around the world? The second concerns the development of Christian celebrity in order to spread Hillsong music throughout churches in Australia. This chapter draws on analytical study of the music itself, as well as examining the cultural and theological context in which the music was created. Furthermore, the chapter is enhanced through interviews with key Hillsong personnel and songwriters stretching over 20 years.

Keywords

  • Hillsong sound
  • Praise and worship
  • Celebrity
  • Geoff Bullock
  • Darlene Zschech

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Evans, M. (2017). Creating the Hillsong Sound: How One Church Changed Australian Christian Music. In: Riches, T., Wagner, T. (eds) The Hillsong Movement Examined. Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-59656-3_4

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