Joel Houston is Tall

Joel Houston plays in a band called Hillsong United. They’re out of Sydney, Australia and they play what most people call “worship music”. I guess that means many of their songs would be considered appropriate for congregational singing in a church. I know a lot of people reading this aren’t huge fans of Hillsong United. Some of you think the music is more “pep rally” than “God glorifying”. Some of you think the music is too loud and too fast. Some of you think anything that isn’t a hymn is somehow less holy. Some of you just think it’s not good art. You know what, that’s all cool. I’m glad we all like different music.

I love their music because not only does it glorify God and Jesus lyrically, it’s just great music. I’d probably listen to them if they were singing about dissecting frogs or mopping floors. (ok maybe that’s not totally true…but you get my point). In my opinion, it is great art.

A few of the members of Hillsong United led the worship service last night at the conference I’m at. It was very cool to sing along to some of my favorite songs live and in person with the band. Then today i sat in on a 30-minute session that Joel led on guarding your heart as you create art and use your gifts. It was cool to hear a little about his struggles and the things that inspire him.

As you can see in this crappy picture I took of him, he’s a tall dude. In this picture he looks like a giant, but in real life, I bet he’s only 6′ 3″ or something like that. He also wears skinny black jeans. A lot of the musicians here are wearing skinny black jeans. It’s a bit unnerving, actually.

  • buddy watts

    I need you,Sam,Kent, and Chad to know how uber jealous I am that you have been rubbing shoulders with guys who were skinny black jeans!

  • buddy watts

    Not literally rubbing shoulders because than we would start too question things.

  • http://bryanallain.com/ Bryan Allain

    yeah, the conference has been great. it ends tonight, which sucks, but that means I’ll be back home with my fam, which is great.

    Black Acid Wash is making a comeback! Time to get on the train!

  • Yvonne Saeri

    I like the music of Hillsong United too.. Where and when was this conference held?

    Much love

  • http://bryanallain.com/ Bryan Allain

    october 22-24, 2008 at the wave church in virginia beach, virginia. technically, it wasnt hillsong united though. it was just Joel Houston, Matt Crocker, and Brandon the drummer who came over from australia. they joined the worship team of wave church to lead on the 22nd and 24th and did an amazing job as you might expect.

  • http://pmicah.com micah

    Yea looks like i was sitting right next to you. His teaching on a pure heart was great. check out my notes.
    http://pmicah.com/2008/10/25/joel-houston-from-hilsong-united-on-how-to-have-a-pure-heart-in-the-arts/

  • Mical shadiel 4 Christ

    hey do you live in australia??
    im just wondering cuz im all the way in Massachusetts.
    Hillsong is the best!!!!!

  • alyssa

    he’s actually 6’5.. yes in real life.

  • analyn

    hi. i like so much the song of hillsong united

  • http://8217 analyn

    hi…… im analyn from phil. i like the song of hillsong united

  • http://.................=) camila castillo

    bless you!!!!
    God the bless