For over 21 years, New Zealander Phil Joel has been a mainstay in Contemporary Christian music with his upfront role as bass player and vocalist for the Newsboys and also as a solo artist with the works of his six solo CDs. Over the years he has written 10 number one CCM hits and has been awarded 6 gold records and 3 grammy nominations.
January ‘07 marked a new chapter for Phil after announcing he would be stepping out of the band after thirteen years to focus on his growing desire for more hands on ministry. Over the last 8 years, he’s had the opportunity to perform, speak and lead worship with ministries such as Focus on the Family, Winter Jam, Acquire The Fire, Harvest Crusades, Men At The Cross and many churches throughout the US, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
His new band, ZEALAND WORSHIP, is a new chapter that Phil is very excited and passionate about. “The focus isn’t on me or the band and I love it! Hopefully we can be a part of a fire-starter movement of worship that goes beyond the sparks of a corporate worship moment to where people experience and enjoy God everyday,” says Phil.
The bands first EP is set to be released Sept 4th 2015.
In 2005, Phil and his wife Heather began deliberatePeople - a ministry focused on communicating God’s desire for us to live in true relationship - first with Him and then with those around us. A “deliberate person” is one that passionately pursues their personal, one-on-one relationship with the Lord everyday and is allowing that PRIMARY RELATIONSHIP to permeate all areas of their life.
This is the heartbeat of Phil’s message. Anytime he speaks (whether it be the main message delivered on a Sunday morning, a Youth Event, a Men’s conference, or Special Ministry Event) Phil weaves message, testimony and music throughout his time of sharing, reaching people with a message that is relevant to every age and stage in life.
The mission behind the message is to see people inspired to proactively seek the Lord and
walk with Him in a new way - ready, willing, and above all “able” to move forward in their faith with a fresh hunger for more of God’s Word, Power and Presence in their daily lives.
Phil draws from his 6 solo albums and multiple Newsboys CD’s to communicate the story of a life radically changed by God. He is currently in the studio working on a project from his new band Zealand Worship - the bands first EP is set to be released Sept 4th 2015.