Hillsong Young & Free’s “This Is Living” succeeds in exploring new territory for Christian music

“Praise and worship” style music will never be the same. With their innovative use of modern influences, Hillsong Young & Free distinguish themselves as leaders in the “Christian & Gospel” genre.

This Is Living showcases the youthful side of the well-known Hillsong ministry. Here is an excerpt from the band’s mission statement:

More than a label, Young & Free is also our message and mission. 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, and not allowing the chains of their history to leave them shackled. This is a generation awakened to their purpose in Jesus and empowered to step out into their calling.

For fans of EDM (electronic dance music), Hillsong Young & Free creates vibrant and dynamic songs with the help of added beats and electronics. The title track “This Is Living” features Lecrae, one of the most well-known Christian rappers in music industry. His guest spot adds another dimension to the already electric atmosphere of the song. 

You take me higher than I’ve been before
It’s Your perfect love that sees me soar
God your freedom is an open door
You are everything I want and more

Listeners will also find a stripped down, acoustic rendition of “This Is Living” as the penultimate track on the album. “Energy” is another energetic song by Hillsong Young & Free, no pun intended. It definitely reminds me of something Madonna would’ve put out 30 years ago. Right off the bat, “Energy” feels like an 80s pop song that has modern roots throughout. While containing various mainstream influences, every song still feels like a worship song at its core. From front to back, This Is Living is an album that you can listen to over and over again. Buy it on iTunes now!

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Anthony Ibarra
I'm Anthony, and I am a writer for ChristCore.net. I live in Austin, TX where I study at the University of Texas. I am an extreme music enthusiast, and love to share my passion for music with others.