Hillsong Worship's (then known as Hillsong LIVE) iconic A Beautiful Exchange is ten years old this month. A Beautiful Exchange marked the first release of brand new songs in the allianc with EMI Christian Music Group. The album hit No. 1 on several retail sales charts, including the overall Christian, Praise & Worship and Christian/Gospel Mainstream charts, as well as lands at No. 40 on the Billboard Top 200 while posting No. 8 on iTunes Top Album chart (No. 1 iTunes Christian chart). 2010 also saw their first tour led by Reuben Morgan.
A Beautiful Exchange was recorded live Nov. 8 2009 along with thousands of worshippers gathered together in the Sydney (Australia) Entertainment Centre and led by worship leaders Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Ben Fielding, Darlene Zschech and Jad Gillies, among others. The recording explores themes of sacrifice and redemption in the title track, confession in "Forever Reign," extraordinary love in "Our God Is Love," and features songs of hope, reconciliation and praise.
Here is what critics said about the recording:
"A Beautiful Exchange is truly stellar...If you are looking for new worship songs to sing with fellow believers, this album is chock-full of congregational songs...You'll be singing along at the top of your lungs..." - NewReleaseTuesday.com
"Hillsong continues to be a leader in the worship movement, and these 12 new tracks solidify their position...A Beautiful Exchange is another solid offering chalk full of songs we'll be singing for years to come." - Gospel Music Channel
"Not only is A Beautiful Exchange theologically deep, it is beautiful beyond description. An explanation of Christ taking our sin and exchanging it with righteousness is the very heart of the Christian message...another great offering from a ministry dead set on creating new expressions of praise...If you like modern worship, then this is a great album to own." - TheChristianManifesto.com
"This crew has a wonderful knack for writing sincere, honest and reverent songs of praise that not only do their job of telling of God's amazing character, but also inspire others to worship Him as well...Also available on DVD...is a beautifully-shot visual accompaniment to the CD which showcases the songs and makes you really feel like you are there singing and dancing along with the thousands in Australia. It is truly amazing to watch, and brings the songs to life, as so many lives are united in praise to the God who deserves that and so much more." - HollywoodJesus.com
In addition to the CD, A Beautiful Exchange is featured on DVD along with a "Behind The Scenes" documentary and subtitles in 11 languages, reflecting the worldwide reach of Hillsong LIVE. The Special Edition DVD further features five bonus recordings from Hillsong London.