Based in Melbourne, Australia, where citizens are under one of the world’s most extreme and crippling quarantine measures due to COVID-19, Planetshakers has been following all the governmental guidelines while finding ways to connect and continue its mission. Known for its songs and albums recorded in massive stadium settings with engaging praise and worship, the internationally recognized band has been inspired to find new ways to raise up a generation of Christ followers with a clear vision of taking the Gospel to the nations.
Taking to heart the encouragement in Psalm 96 to sing a new song to the Lord, Planetshakers members Joth Hunt, Sam Evans, Aimee Evans, BJ Pridham, Andy Harrison, Josh Ham, Joshua Brown, Rudy Nikkerud and Chelsi Nikkerud are excited to release 10 finely crafted songs, all inspired by the hurt and the hope they see around them. With Hunt producing and co-writing nine of the songs, the new album, Over It All, releases Nov. 6 and is available to pre-order / pre-save now at digital and streaming outlets globally from Venture3Media (V3M).
“From a sonic perspective, we have been able to push the envelope, doing things in the studio that we couldn’t do live,” shares Hunt. “While we can’t have people together in a building, we are finding a way around some pretty incredible challenges. The church is essential. Praise is essential. And this pandemic is not going to quarantine our worship. We may not be able to gather physically, but we can join in praise and worship remotely and through this new album.”
With many of these songs sharing Bible-based, faith declarations, the album opens with the “247 365” principle of worship as the title track emphasizes that God is “Over It All.” The closing track, “The Great Outpouring,” looks past the present pandemic, and declares:
Can you see it, revival is in the air
In this season, Heaven is rushing in
There is freedom, the churches be filled again
This is the great outpouring
As part of that mission to “empower generations to win generations,” Planetshakers is seeing phenomenal streaming numbers online. Hundreds of thousands of people from all across the globe are connecting to this ministry remotely and are being inspired by the hope of the gospel.
“People are not wanting to quarantine their faith, their worship,” says Russell Evans, Planetshakers Founder and Lead Pastor. “We are called to release a sound of heaven on the earth. Our prayer is as people worship the Lord with our new album, this will change the atmosphere over their homes, churches, cities and nations. I believe there are many prophetic declarations in the songs of this new album. We are so excited to see what God is going to do.”
“No one is excluded from having to deal with the pandemic, but the Lord can make this horrible situation turn around into something good. We are already seeing that,” adds Joshua Brown. “While there is much fear and uncertainty in this world, God came to give us life. He is the Prince of Peace. We are choosing to lift up the name of Jesus, to believe the Word of God, to make a joyful noise, even if there isn’t much joy around us right now.”
Joth Hunt (left) and Andy Harrison (right) are pictured tracking vocals and drums respectively in the Planetshakers studio. Watch video clips of these artists tracking Over It All in the studio at this link, and here.
With most of the new songs on the album released initially as part of a new Demos song series earlier this year, the track listing for the completely re-recorded and full production Over It All follows:
01) 247 365
02) All Things New
03) So Fresh
04) Over It All
05) All I Can Say (Thank You)
06) Caught Up In Your Presence
07) Chains Are Breaking
09) Call On Your Name
10) Great Outpouring
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After a radical encounter with God, Russell established a conference called Planetshakers in 1997. The conference quickly became renowned for its passionate praise and worship, its ability to stir hunger in young people for encounters with God, and the frequent outbreaks of miracles, signs and wonders.
With a deep desire to see more people encounter Jesus and His tangible Presence, Russell and Sam founded Planetshakers Church in Melbourne, Australia, in 2004. In addition to the church, Planetshakers Ministries International has a significant global footprint— expressing the Planetshakers mandate, worldwide, through music and touring, international conferences and events, Planetshakers Bible College and working with governments around the world to bring systemic change.
Planetshakers is a church and ministry for all; everyone is welcome; in its Melbourne campus over 150 nations are represented with the primary desire being that people find the healing, breakthrough and provision they need as they encounter the tangible Presence of Jesus and His family, in a personal and life-changing way.