Internationally recognized praise band Planetshakers globally releases REVIVAL today (Sept. 17) from Venture3Media (V3M). Available to buy now at all major digital and streaming outlets, the album was recorded live during the REVIVAL Conference held April 1-3 at Planetshakers Church in Melbourne, Australia during a brief break in the pandemic lockdowns.
With curfews set at 8:00 pm, and with only trips to the grocery store and up to two hours of outdoor exercise allowed, a word of hope – of revival – came from Planetshakers Pastor Russell Evans.
“As the world faces one of its most challenging predicaments and the church globally faces restrictions in the free world that are surprising to say the least, God declared over Planetshakers as a movement, ‘REVIVAL!’” exclaims Worship Leader and Pastor Sam Evans. “He then opened up a window of opportunity for us to join together as a church to hold REVIVAL Conference…It was raw, emotional and powerful! In the midst of restriction, God was not restricted. He moved in healing power – restoring, renewing, reviving.
“After being oppressed for months and months, it was such an incredible blessing to gather together,” continues Pastor Sam. “The songs we were singing and the declarations we were making were so the opposite of what we were experiencing. We want to share this experience with the world with the hope of encouraging and empowering others to stand on God’s promise and believe in His ability to revive any situation with His mighty resurrection power.”
Capturing the pent-up, heartfelt roar of praise and worship that erupted during the conference in perhaps the most raw live recording ever released from Planetshakers, REVIVAL is a full production experience. The album not only introduces some new worship leaders, but also features the core Planetshakers worship team consisting of Joth Hunt, Sam Evans, Andy Harrison, Josh Ham, Aimee Evans, Noah Walker, Natalie Ruiz, Chelsi Nikkerud, Rudy Nikkerud and more.
Next month, these same songs have also been recorded by Planetshakers band with Planetshakers Bible College students surrounding them in-the-round on the Planetshakers Revival, Live At Chapel album releasing Oct. 15. More information on these accessible, unique and simplified versions of the songs will be shared online at Planetshakers.com.
Although Melbourne is again locked down with one of the harshest restrictions in the world despite relatively low numbers of COVID cases, Planetshakers continues its mission to “empower generations to win generations.” The ministry is seeing huge streaming numbers online with hundreds of thousands of people from all across the globe connecting to its worship services and resources remotely.
“The passion to see other people connected to God through worship hasn’t changed…It is my greatest source of joy and continues to motivate me and propel me forward,” shares Pastor Sam. “I want everyone all over the world to experience what I experience.”