PLANETSHAKERS BAND RELEASES HEAVEN ON EARTHPART 1 APRIL 6
PREMIERES EP LIVE ON DAYSTAR TV IN OVER 180 COUNTRIES
Praise EP Recorded Live With Tens Of Thousands Of Worshippers In Asia
Internationally recognized praise band Planetshakers, with a mission of “empowering generations to win generations,” will independently release Heaven On Earth Part 1 April 6th on iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play and more digital outlets, as well as through Apple Music, Spotify and other streaming sites. Recorded live at Planetshakers’ regional conferences in Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, the EP captures the heart and dynamic praise of Planetshakers Band along with tens of thousands of worshippers.
In addition to the new recording, Planetshakers Band will also premiere songs from Heaven On Earth Part 1 during the live Daystar Television Network broadcast of the annual Planetshakers Conference in Melbourne, Australia April 4 – 7 (see local listings for times). This marks the fourth consecutive year that Planetshakers has partnered with Daystar to exclusively air its conference on the network to audiences in over 180 countries around the world.
The four-song, nearly 24-minute Heaven On Earth Part 1 is a tangible, intentional expression of worshippers collectively pursuing the presence of God, all led by Planetshakers’ worship leaders Sam Evans, Joth Hunt (who also produced and mixed the EP), BJ Pridham, Chelsi Nikkerud and a full team of musicians, dancers and more. The EP captures the gathering’s “praise-party” atmosphere seasoned with singing, dancing and shouts of praise.
“While worship and praise can simultaneously co-exist, they are not synonymous,” says Russell Evans, Senior Pastor of Planetshakers Church. “Where true worship of God is essentially a matter of the heart and spirit rooted in the knowledge of the Word of God, praiseis the outward expression of what is in the heart. With Heaven On Earth Part 1, Planetshakers joyously praises the One we worship and invites God’s presence on Earth, longing for Him to establish his Kingdom here, as it is in Heaven.”
Everywhere Planetshakers traveled in Asia, they found a passionate hunger for worship and an unmatched boldness in praise and longing for God’s Kingdom to be established. Even in areas where promoters cautioned Planetshakers not to go, suggesting that people might attend a concert but not a full conference, people turned out in droves.
In the Philippine capital of Manila, crowds gathered at 3 am on January 13, 2018, waiting in long lines outside SMART Araneta Coliseum to experience the conference. Pastor Russell Evans greeted the crowds, and promoters opened 2,000 extra standing-room-only passes since the 16,500-seat auditorium was already filled to capacity.
“When praising God, we are declaring who He is and what He has done, which creates an atmosphere for Him to move,” says Hunt. “We may not be able to change circumstances, but we can change the atmosphere and help people get through them.”
Pictured during the Planetshakers event in Manila, Philippines at SMART Araneta Coliseum are Pastor Russell Evans (upper left), Pastor Sam Evans (upper right) and Joth Hunt (lower left), as well as worshippers and Planetshakers dancers.
In addition to the EP, four exclusive videos featuring a multi-camera visual experience captured at the events will be revealed. The full Heaven On Earth Part 1 tracks are as follows:
1) “There Is No One Like You (Live In Asia)”
2) “The Greatest (Live In Asia)”
3) “Above All Names (Live In Asia)”
4) “No Alone (Live In Asia)”
Sharing the new music from Heaven On Earth Part 1 along with favorites like “The Anthem,” “Endless Praise” and “Nothing Is Impossible” while on tour, Planetshakers Band is scheduled to be in India and Europe May 12-20, the USA and South America June 21- July 1, South Africa July 13-22 and back in Asia August 3-19.
Since its inaugural gathering in 1997, Planetshakers has gone on to become a global movement through its annual conferences, international church campuses and numerous live recordings, including multiple Dove Award-nominated projects. The Australia-based collective, led by Senior Pastors Russell and Sam Evans, has hosted gatherings in cities around the world while also launching Planetshakers Church in 2004. With over 14,000 members in Australia, Planetshakers Church is one of the fastest growing churches in that nation’s history, stretching across five campuses in Melbourne with additional locations in Singapore; Cape Town, South Africa; Geneva, Switzerland and Austin, TX.
Celebrating 20 years of ministry, Planetshakers’ latest CD/DVD project, Legacy, honors the countless ways God has used the ministry and music of Planetshakers over the past two decades to raise up a generation of Christ followers with a clear vision of taking the Gospel to nations… “empowering generations to win generations.”
Rick Lee James worship leader, a singer and songwriter, preacher, author, and Podcast host with over 15 years of experience in ministry. As host of the Voices In My Head Podcast Rick has worked with Jason Gray, Andrew Peterson, Sara Groves, Paul Baloche, All Sons and Daughters, Michael Card, Brian Zahnd, Tripp York, Brett Mccracken, Ian Morgan Cron, Michael Card, Walter Brueggemann and many more. In 2013 Rick released his first Live album of original songs called, Basement Psalms Live. In 2014 Rick released a book to accompany the album called, Out of the Depths: A Songwriter’s Journey Through the Psalms. The book has since been used as a textbook by National Praise and Worship Institute’s Psalms survey course at Trevecca Nazarene University. Rick also was a contributing writer for the book, Renovating Holiness, edited by Jay Thomas Jay Oord and Joshua Broward. Rick has also been a contributing writer for Worship Leader Magazine and has had a number of songs published by Lifeway Worship. Rick’s new album, ‘Hymns, Prayers, and Invitations’ will release on March 17th, 2016 (St. Patrick’s Day). All songs on the record are being published through Lifeway Worship and are written, co-written, or arranged by Rick.
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