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It is easy to lead singing, but such a different
assignment to lead people in worship of the one true God.
We each need to take seriously the call to be ministers of
the Gospel and to work on our spiritual lives as much (if
not more) than the craft of musicianship or song writing.
CCM: Beginning in July and continuing through August,
Hillsong will be plunging into their first tour across the
United States. What is the most exciting thing about
bringing Hillsong LIVE to the USA and which city are you
really looking forward to visiting?
R: We’re really looking forward to this upcoming tour in
the USA. It’s been a while since we have brought a whole
team across so it’s going to be fresh and in some sense a
‘new day.’ We can’t wait to join together with our brothers
and sisters in the USA, singing and worshiping with these
new songs. I’m really expectant that God is going to do
something amazing on these nights and pray that people
will come with the same expectation. To be honest, it’s the
people and the church that I get excited about. In a way a
city is just a city, but when the church meets together to
specifically worship God, then THAT is something to get
CCM: What is the prayer and hope for this album in terms
of its scope and impact on the world?
RM: Our hope for this album is that it will be much more
than just another CD or a cool memory of a great night.
Songs and CDs in and of themselves are nothing without
people embracing the messages they contain and then
choosing to direct their hearts and lives towards Jesus.
Our hope is that the people who hear and sing these
songs will be inspired to pursue God with everything that
is within them…that they will embrace the message of
the songs, the message of the Gospel and live in a way
that reflects Jesus in all that they do.
JH: Sometimes life can get messy and even ugly… but
it’s living out Christ’s ‘beautiful exchange’ that will make
the story of our lives and His church truly beautiful. Our
prayer for this album, is that it will continually bring
our focus back to who Jesus really is: the Living God, the
ultimate demonstration of humility and love…that we are
drawn into a deeper understanding of grace, and a deeper
love for Him through showing mercy and love to others.
He’s a songwriter. He’s a singer. He’s a techie.
—Meet Joel Augé.
Originally from Canada, this fresh face has a knack
for worship, but his music comes with a bit of a bite.
Although he is known for the simplicity of his lyrics,
the music paired with his words is stirring, emotive and
Invisible Things, Augé’s new 11-track album goes
beyond instrumentation to capture the heart of
humanity. His songs dig into the essence of human
emotion as we live and worship on a daily basis.
So what exactly does he sound like? Ever heard of
Rufus Wainwright? How about Snow Patrol or Jason
Mraz? Imagine a worship-minded collision of all
three! With songs such as “Here to Love” and
“Addison,” Augé takes elements from his life and
applies them directly to his music, whether they are
about his baby girl or the longings of his heart for a
While newly inducted into the Integrity family,
this isn’t Joel’s first time in the musical bullpen. His
solo debut, On The Blue, garnered a Covenant Award
(like the Doves, but Canadian) in 2008. He also leads
worship at his home church in Ontario, called The
Oh, and did we mention he owns and runs
HitGrab, Inc? Not just your average singer/songwriter,
Joel is the brains behind the digital marketing company
that created the infamous “Mouse Hunt: on Facebook.
So he writes his own songs and his own software
codes…still not impressed? Then get ready because
Joel’s message aspires to be more than simply visible.