From the same soil that grew Jim Morrison, Tony Hawk, NWA, Snoop, & Kendrick Lamar, grows another LA native, Propaganda. What do you say about Propaganda? He’s a poet, political activist, husband, father, academic, & emcee. With LA flowing through his veins & armed with a bold message, Propaganda has assembled a body of work that challenges his listeners with every verse & reaches across the spectrum of pop culture. From aggressive battle raps to smooth introspective rhythms, Propaganda’s music will cause you to nod your head, but more importantly it will stretch your mind & heart.
Hillsong Young & Free comes to us from the youth ministry of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. The songs they write are timely for this generation; an overflow of their hearts and a reflection of the good news of a life in Jesus. Their latest album, Youth Revival, is about presenting this truth to the world and giving people an opportunity to respond. The songs invite the listener to journey our on-going salvation with themes of humanity being created with a purpose, the reality and wrestle of our fallen nature, the ultimate rescue to save our souls and both the process and finality of our redemption. You can purchase Youth Revival on iTunes and follow the band on Instagram @hillsongyoungandfree.
Laura Toggs and her husband Peter pastor the Senior High School Youth Ministry of Hillsong Church, and are involved in many aspects of church and music. Laura is a key member of Hillsong Young & Free, giving young people a stimulating new sound to worship to. With a mix of upbeat, electronic dance music and slower, beautiful ballads, all with the focus on Jesus alone, the group is topping the charts and breaking down barriers. Laura is honest and transparent, with a passion for seeing youth rise to their potential. She and her family live in Sydney, Australia and are looking forward to returning to The WKND this year.
Judah Smith is the lead pastor of The City Church in Seattle, Washington. The City Church is a thriving multisite church noted for it’s cultural relevance, commitment to biblical integrity and faith, and love for Jesus. Judah is known around the United States and the world for his preaching ministry. His fresh, practical, humorous messages demystify the Bible and make Christianity real. Judah is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book Jesus Is ___ and coauthor of I Will Follow Jesus Bible Storybook.
Carl pastors Hillsong New York City, a church in the heart of Manhattan. His passion is to serve the city, preach the gospel and lead a church that reflects who Jesus is. Hillsong NYC is impacting thousands with a vision to keep moving forward throughout the five boroughs of New York. Laura and Carl live in Brooklyn with three amazing children who wrestle bears and bunnies, and a steady stream of houseguests who end up sleeping on the couch. They believe that with Jesus as Lord, life can be an adventure! Stay up to date with Carl Lentz at hillsongnyc.com or on Twitter @carllentzNYC
Scott Harrison left his job in New York City just over 12 years ago to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. There, he discovered a passion that brought him home to New York to found the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the global water crisis and the world’s 663 million people without clean water to drink, he created public installations and innovative online fundraising platforms to spread international awareness of the issue. In ten years, with the help of more than one million donors worldwide, charity: water has raised over $225 million and funded over 21,000 water projects in 24 countries. These projects have provided clean, safe drinking water to over 6.4 million people. Scott was recently recognized in Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 list, the Forbes Magazine Impact 30 list and was recently #10 in Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business issue. He is currently a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Scott lives in New York City with his wife Viktoria, son Jackson and daughter Emma.