Before talking about the Hillsong Live: It is Well with My Soul (Single), let's take time to understand the background meaning behind the release of this single. Now Brisbane Australia experienced major flooding in 1893 and 1974 as a result of heavy precipitation caused by Tropical Cyclone Tasha combined with La Niña weather patterns. December 2010 was Queensland's wettest record where isolated flooding started across parts of the state in early December. By 30th December, vast areas of Southern and Central Queensland were aftected by the flood. This resulted in 300 closed roads including nine major highways, caol railways and numerous mine sites render useless due to the flood. The condition also led to a large influx of snakes in Rockhampton area as well as some crocodiles. Below are images taken from the recent 2010-2011 flooding in Queensland Australia.
Live video of the flooding in Toowomba Australia:
As of 14 January 2011, there has been 30 confirmed deaths attributed to the floods, 15 of which are from Queensland's Toowomba and Lockyer Valley area. Additional 14 people are listed as missing after the catastrophic flash flood struck Toowoomba, Lockyer Valley, Brisbane and Ipswich. 13 year old Jordan Rice gave his life so that his 10 year old brother be saved from the flood waters, and has been dubbed by the public as an Australian hero.
Another before and after shot:
Currently there are more than 55,000 volunteers registered to help clean up Brisbane streets, with thousands more unregistered volunteers wandering the muddy streets with boots and mops. This was commended as tremendous 'Aussie spirit' by Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard.
The day before the 2011 Australian Open, a number of players took part in the Rally for Relief which was held at Rod Laver Arena and attended by 15,000 people, which raised A$750,000. Players who took part included Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick.
Queensland Trasurer Andrew Fraser estimated the flood will cost the Australian economy at least A$10 billion with floods costing supermarket chains 10's of millions of dollars. Some communities isolated by floodwaters experienced food shortages, and a rise in the cost of fruits and vegetables was recorded shortly after.
Hillsong Live released a version of the song "It Is Well With My Soul" which was recorded in response to the devastating floods of January 2011 in Queensland, Australia. Recorded by the Hillsong team, it features a newly written chorus by Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding where the proceeds will go directly to Queensland Premier's (Governor for those living in the USA) Disaster Relief Appeal. The song took 3 studio days to complete.
Download Hillsong Live - It is Well with My Soul (SINGLE):