United, formally Hillsong United, came together to reach youth with worship music that had more of a "rock ’n’ roll" influence. The band followed in the footsteps of worship leader Darlene Zschech, who led a separate band “Hillsong” that was based out of the same church.
The group's latest song "Oceans," off their new album of the same title (September 10, 2013), is a song that was inspired from the story of Peter walking on water in the Bible. "It was one of the first songs that we wrote. We got together at the beginning of the project and we spent like 10 days, locked away in my apartment in New York City and we just wrote songs," says Joel Houston. "So we got together the last day of tracking, and we knew what the song was about but we didn't have the lyrics. So we went and found a waterfall in Sydney by the studio, and the lyrics just came. It's just a song about stepping into the unknown, and it's a song about faith, and raw trust, and I love that."
"Oceans," follows United's single, "Scandal of Grace," off their album Zion (February
26, 2013). The song speaks of the unfathomable grace of God through Christ. "I
remembered this conversation I had with this guy who was kind of a
disgruntled believer, about God. We were talking about how some things
don't make sense, and he said to me, 'it's the scandal of grace,'"
explains Joel. "We think of scandal as something negative, but the grace
of God through Jesus is completely scandalous! That's why he was
crucified. It's much easier to live by a set of rules that we think can
take us up to God, when he made his way to us and there is no good
enough thing that we can do to get to God."
United’s popular, congregational-friendly songs like "Lead Me To The Cross," "Aftermath," “Your Name High,” and “King of All Days” have been sung in church services around the world and are led by songwriters and worship leaders Joel Houston, Jad Gillies and JD in their native Australia.
Their song, "Search My Heart" off the album Aftermath shows the band's dedication to worship and true devotion to God. "We'd be all living in the aftermath of our sins if it weren't for Jesus," explains Joel. "Because of Him, we're living in a different aftermath, one filled with hope and forgiveness."
I-HEART simply exists to “help more people,” whether it’s the
homeless population or those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.
To accomplish their purpose, the band partners with believers from
across the globe, making the I-HEART the revolution they've always dreamed
about. I-HEART truly emphasizes the power of Christians teaming together for a common purpose.
United recently won the award for "Worship Song of the Year," for their tune "Oceans," at the K-LOVE fan awards, and can currently be found on the Welcome To Zion Tour, in select cities across the globe.
Love Take Me Over
Steven Curtis Chapman