(Eastbourne UK) April 16, 2010 – Kingsway Music has entered into a sales and distribution agreement with Hillsong Church and Hillsong Music. Effective immediately Kingsway have been assigned the right to distribute recorded music, video and Leadership/Church Resources from Hillsong into the UK and European Christian Markets. Featured products will include the best- selling Hillsong LIVE, Hillsong UNITED and Hillsong Kids recordings. In addition to new product, Kingsway will also be re-introducing all key Hillsong catalogue titles.
The press release also gives details of Gareth Russell‘s new role with Hillsong, which includes supervising the arrangement with Kingsway:
A newly formed European Hillsong Media company, will be managed by Gareth Russell the former MD of Authentic Media under the direction of Graham Williams and George Aghjanian of Hillsong. In addition to supervising the Kingsway Distribution partnership, a key part of Gareth’s role will be to focus on European sales and the development of general market opportunities. This new team will be supported by the in-house marketing expertise of the London Hillsong Church.
Congratulations to Gareth on his appointment and to Kingsway on their acquisition of an important list. Now we watch and wait with bated breath and eager hope that Kingsway’s new — and somewhat rocky thus far — distribution service will prove equal to the task.
A quote from Gareth to round things off:
I am delighted to once again be working alongside the Hillsong team. I have been directly involved in the distribution of Hillsong music for many years and am continually inspired by the passion, professionalism, and dedication of the team. With the upcoming new releases and United touring Europe, I am excited about the potential of the coming 12 months.