• The Inspiring Story Behind Hillsong United's New Song "Not Today"

    Friday, September 21, 2018

    "I believe that God is faithful to His word and we have nothing to be afraid of. So this song is fun. It's indignant in the right ways ... it's designed to be a confession that we sing ... let the devil know not today!"

                                                                                                                              - Joel Houston, Hillsong UNITED

    Recently, Joel Houston and Taya Smith of Hillsong UNITED sat down and talked about the stories behind their new song "Not Today." Taya, offering her perspective from the unique position of leading people into the worship experience, says this about the lyrics and song flow:

    "It is like a progression; because, you know, we're singing:

    'Tell the devil no not today.
    I'll sing the night into the morning,
    I'll sing the fear into Your name or Your praise.'

    And, I love that because it's like you're telling your soul what you're actually gonna do and you're telling yourself that's what my reaction is gonna be.

    And, as the song progresses, that part gets bigger and then, just at the end, it's just like I'm basically just going for it and roaring." Taya continues, "And, I hope in that moment it would encourage people. And, if they need a confession and they need a reminder of what our stance should actually be as Christians, that they would be encouraged in that and they would be like, 'Hey, I can sing this.'"

    For more of the story behind "Not Today," including Joel's insights, watch the entire video here:
    And, to experience Hillsong UNITED's high energy live performance of "Not Today," check this out:
    Hillsong UNITED has more songs and videos for YOU! Discover them on the band's Air1 artist page >>>here <<<.

    Blanca "What If" Song Story

    Friday, August 31, 2018

    In this Behind The Music, Blanca shares the events surrounding the creation of her new song "What If."

    "'What if' was born out of this place of all these questions, all these doubts - wondering why things were happening the way that they were, if they were ever gonna change." Blanca says. "Through all of that, God just being like ... 'What if I have you exactly where I want you? What if there's power in my name? What if my love is strong enough to do anything in your life?'"

    Haven't heard the song "What If" yet? Check out the Official Audio Video:

    "I get these thoughts inside my head
    What if I don't have what it takes
    What if things don't ever change
    Don't leave room for You, but

    What if you're holding me up
    What if your love is enough
    What if the power in Your name
    Could do anything
    What if you're making me strong
    What if you were here all along
    What if I'm right where you want me."
    Lyrics from " What If " by Blanca


    For more songs and videos by Blanca - visit her Air1 artist page >>>here<<<.

    Artist Spotlight: Zach Williams

    Wednesday, August 29, 2018
    In this artist spotlight, get to know Zach Williams who heads out on the Air1 Positive Hits Tour beginning Thursday, September 13, 2018.

    It was only after Zach sustained an injury in college that he turned to playing guitar and eventually ended up in a southern rock band; but, life wasn't quite as wonderful as it seemed...

    "I was living hard. I was miserable and everybody around me could see it," Zach says. "In 2012 we had a tour booked to Europe and I just remember thinking to myself, 'it's time to make a change.' But, I didn't know if I was strong enough to do it on my own..."

    Did someone show up to help Zach? Watch the rest of his inspiring testimony to find out:

    When Zach first started writing songs, it was simple. These days, he's older and has gone through more. Reflecting on this he says: 

    "It's a really cool thing being a songwriter and just being able to really document seasons of your life."

    During the writing and producing process for his songs, Zach taps into his experience with both tragedies and triumphs, crafting anthems that remind people of God's power over the circumstances that threaten our peace.

    His songs, "Chainbreaker" and "Fear Is A Liar" are all about re-defining how we look at those circumstances. Thinking back on how he persevered through dead end road after dead end road. Zach says...

    "It's been through Jesus and not on my own doing ... He broke all those chains that I had basically given myself. Just looking back and thinking of all the things I struggled with throughout my life, in writing this song I realized that not only can Jesus break my chains; but, if you are struggling with addictions or just your own personal hang-ups, He can break those chains. All you have to do is surrender your life to Him."

    Filming for "Fear Is A Liar"'s music video took place in Nashville, Tennessee. In this peek behind the scenes, we get to learn how the actors personally related to, and interpreted, each of their roles. Watch to the end and hear how Zach has his own struggles with lies... 

    "Old Church Choir" is a celebration of an overflowing heart: 

    "I've got an old church choir singing in my soul
    I've got a sweet salvation and it's beautiful
    I've got a heart overflowing cause I've been restored
    No there ain't nothing gonna steal my joy
    No there ain't nothing gonna steal my joy." - Lyrics from "Old Church Choir" by Zach Williams

    To hear these songs, and more, in person. Grab your tickets to the Air1 Positive Hits Tour. Also on tour with Zach are We Are Messengers, Joshua Micah, Aaron Cole and Branan Murphy.