Hillsong Church is announcing their new worship team, Young & Free, which is comprised entirely of youth and young people making music for God's glory.
The group debuted at the annual Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia, and released their debut single "Alive" this week at iTunes, which is currently at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian & Gospel single chart. It has also become the second single to reach the charts in their home country of Australia.
The song is available on iTunes here.
Hillsong already has their UNITED and LIVE groups that have a signature style of worship. Young & Free is more of what the youth are listening to now.
"Young & Free is more than a label, it is also our message and mission," said Laura Toggs, team leader for Young & Free in a press release. "This is a generation called to stand strong in their youth and in their freedom, refusing to allow others to dismiss them for their age. Songs arising from Young & Free are unlike anything that we have ever done before, and we believe that through them young people will find life and deep, unending joy in Jesus. We are the voice of THIS generation."
Young & Free will release We Are Young & Free on Oct. 1, and will be traveling to the U.S. to perform at the first ever Hillsong U.S. Conferences in New York City and Los Angeles.
Young & Free members will also join UNITED on their fall-leg of the WELCOMEZION tour.
The Australian worship group has sold out shows throughout the country and so far has totaled up to 80,000 tickets sold.
"Our goal with the "WELCOMEZION" Tour was to take it to the next level," said Jason Strong of Hillsong UNITED. "We believe we have been given an opportunity, and we want to make sure we do the best we can with that. Ultimately, it is about using what you have the best you can to bring glory to our Savior and King. We are excited to be doing some pretty famous venues, but our goal remains the same; that He is made famous and everything we do brings people closer to God."