Wednesday, May 27, 2015

EMPIRES by Hillsong United {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting for providing a sample of this product in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation. All opinions are my own.

You guys, I haven't been this excited about an album in a long time! Wow. EMPIRES is just so completely honest, and I cannot pick a favourite song.  I am listening to the whole album over and over. Maybe, because of what we've been through in the past four years, I can relate to so many of the raw, heart-cries on this album. Lines like, "Even when my strength is lost/I'll praise You/Even when I have no song/I'll praise You/Even when it's hard to find the words/Louder then I'll sing Your praise" from "Even When It Hurts." Whoosh. These could have been written for me (or even by me, if I was a song writer - ha!). 

Another one I absolutely love is "Say The Word"! I won't share all the lyrics here, but here's a taste: "Say the word and there is light/Say the word and dead bones rise/Every start and end hangs on Your voice/For Your word never returns void." Yes! Hearing Father's voice has become so important to me in the past 10 years, and this song beautiful portrays my heart in knowing and honouring His Word, both the Logos and the Rhema. 

Here are the song titles:

01. Here Now (Madness)
02. Say The Word
03. Heart Like Heaven
04. Touch The Sky
05. Street Called Mercy
06. When I Lost My Heart To You (Hallelujah)
07. Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)
08. Prince of Peace
09. Empires
10. Rule
11. Captain
12. Closer Than You Know

Last week I had the privilege of participating in a Twitter chat with worship leader, Taya Smith, whom most people know as the voice of Hillsong United's "Oceans." She is completely delightful, and I loved hearing her heart. She shared that the Beatitudes, from Matthew chapter 5, is the basis for the album. The Kingdom of God is so completely counter-cultural to what the world tells us to do. One thing she said: 'To be honest, we only truly find ourselves, our purpose, and true joy when we're actually not focusing on ourselves, when we're looking at Jesus.' That is directly contrary to the world and ultimately, the bottom line for us as Christians, eh? I love her real-ness, her humour, the Scriptures she shared and her heart for Jesus. I think you will love hearing and worshipping with her beautiful voice on EMPIRES.

S O C I A L • C O R N E R 

Twitter: @HillsongUnited

Instagram: @HillsongUnited

Check them out on tour this summer:

- Here’s a video of their performance on the TODAY show in case you missed it last month:

Buy it now:

Giveaway Time:
A big thank you to Propeller, LLC for providing a copy of EMPIRES for one of my readers. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Open to residents of the US and Canada, age 18 or older.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Blessings and love. xo


  1. My favorite song by Hillsong is Oceans. Such a beautiful song!

  2. My brother and I LOVE hillsong!!! My favorite song of theirs has to be Lead Me To the Cross.