Benjamin William Hastings
Benjamin William Hastings, a Northern Irish songwriter, singer, and worship leader, was raised in Belfast but spent the better part of his twenties in Sydney, Australia. There he fell in love with Jessa, a beautiful girl who also shared a love for words, and a year later they decided to share a name. In their early years, they tried to write together but as it turns out, that was not very good for their marriage so they focused their attention on starting a family which resulted in two very perfect children. While living in Sydney, Benjamin fell in with a church crowd who just so happened to be some of Jessa’s childhood friends - that motley crew was Hillsong UNITED. Thanks to their friendship and through numerous collaborations, recordings, and tours, Benjamin has been part of many of their biggest songs, such as writing and leading vocals on UNITED’s “So Will I (100 Billion X).” He also penned Cory Asbury’s No. 1 hit “The Father's House,” Brandon Lake’s “Gratitude,” and Hillsong Worship’s "O Praise The Name (Anástasis)." Yes, he’s written a whole lot of songs which, if you add them all together have been streamed over 500 million times (not quite 100 billion, but it’s on the way!).