News have been going around and Christian music followers especially the younger generation who have been influenced for good by the music and songs either sung or written by then Hillsong United's forefront man Marty Sampson. Marty has not been on this year's Hillsong Live - A Beautiful Exchange album. He has been keeping a low profile since the album 'United We Stand' by Hillsong United. His last album with United was the 2008 release The I Heart Revolution: We're All in This Together (2008). He often leads worship at church and has continued his strong contributions for new Hillsong albums.
Marty has a style of music and vocals unique only to himself which is captivating and uplifting. Originally featuring in the Youth Alive albums of the late 1990s, he was one of original Hillsong United worship leaders. Guitar is his main instrument and he occasionally plays the piano.
Marty has been focusing on his family and household duties including training members within Hillsong Church. He was married in November 2006 to Michelle. They now have a son named Phoenix. Since his departure from United, he has kept working on his craft of songwriting. He also helps with the worship at Northern Beaches, a Hillsong extension service. Marty has also released a solo album entitled "Let Love Rule."
Here's an email response from Hillsong Church about the whereabouts of Marty Sampson:
Thank you for your email to Hillsong Music Australia.
Marty Sampson as a member of our team and close friend with leadership is still very much a part of Hillsong Church. He had a very big season in years gone by since his teens as a song writer and now as a husband and father is in a new and wonderful season also.
I pray that the ministry of Hillsong may continue to speak words of encouragement into your life.
Hillsong Music Australia
- August 2010
What has MARTY SAMPSON been DOING?
During mid-2010, Marty became involved in a music making project. These songs that are written are most likely secular seeing that Christian music written by Marty would be under Hillsong Publishing. Marty was part of the founding members to a music band known as 'The Jaguars Band' which would later have their band name re-named to 'The Red Bikes'.
You can sample the band's music on the band's old Myspace page that is still currently running:
Above, you can see that within Marty Sampson's twitter update that the band he was involved with changed their name to 'The Red Bikes'.
Photograph courtesy of: Alyssa Rempel of RighteousRadio
2011 UPDATE: Marty Sampson is back on the NEW Hillsong United - AFTERMATH (2011) singing the album song AFTERMATH. There still is no indication of him rejoining with Hillsong United thus far.