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Billboard premieres live version of Hillsong UNITED's 'Even When It Hurts' music video as song assists in Syrian refugee crisis


Tue, Dec 8th 2015 10:15 pm

Song given away with donation to World Vision's Syrian refugee efforts

After an exclusive music video premiere on Billboard.com, platinum-selling Hillsong UNITED's "Even When It Hurts" is being given away with a donation to the international work of World Vision as it aims to provide Syrian refugee families with urgent care and a better future. 

Reflecting the journey of the song from the studio to the stage, the video for the live version of "Even When It Hurts" was filmed in four locations spanning the globe, including Capitol Records (Los Angeles), Club Nokia (Los Angeles), Hillsong Church (Sydney) and Hillsong Conference (Sydney). The song, originally found on Hillsong UNITED's critically acclaimed "Empires," is available for download at Hillsong.com, with a minimum donation of 20 cents to World Vision's efforts to serve Syrian refugees.

"We are making the download available on our website - but humbly ask that you would consider donating an amount to the World Vision Syrian refugee fund," Joel Houston said. "Together, we are believing that our generosity will ring even louder than our song, and will tangibly become the miracle to the desperate plight and prayers and of so many who have lost everything. It's impossible to fathom the enormity of the crisis, and the turmoil people have been through, and are going through - forced to flee the oppression and war-ravaged-hell-on-earth they once called home, and the daunting uncertainty of all that is before them."

World Vision's assistance in the global displacement of refugees includes providing essentials such as food; safe, clean water; critical emergency supplies; access to basic health care and education; and "Child Friendly Spaces." To read more about what World Vision is doing to aid in the crisis, click HERE.

Hillsong UNITED recently attended the 2015 American Music Awards as nominees in the Favorite Artist Contemporary Inspirational category. The honor and second nomination marks a strong 2015 for the globally recognized band as its newest album, "Empires," debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. The album was met with appearances on "Today" and Yahoo!, along with critical acclaim from the likes of USA Today and The New York Times. 2016 will find Hillsong UNITED touring internationally with stops already announced in the U.S., Indonesia, Singapore and more.

For the latest tour information, click HERE.


UNITED is a worship band that originally rose out of the youth ministry of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. This progressive worship band is a global recording and touring entity sent out to share the ever-evolving worship music of Hillsong Church to an international audience through live performances and records. UNITED desires to see a generation across the earth awakened to real love, rising up with hearts as one and finding value in the broken, hurting and lost connecting with Jesus.

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