Zealand, led by Phil Joel, best known for his long-standing role as bass player and vocalist for the Newsboys, was formed in 2015. When Phil left Newsboys after 13 years, he was asked to lead worship for a series of youth conferences. At first he wasn’t sure if he was the man for the job. Without even realizing it, Phils perspective began to shift, opening his eyes to a new understanding about worship and his role in it. “I realized that leading worship is all about leading people’s hearts to a place far beyond a stage or a melody. True worship isn’t just about a moment; it’s about having an encounter with God that becomes a lasting movement in peoples lives.”
Regarding the bands name, Phil explains, my cousin Roger and I are from New Zealand but the name isn’t about a country; it’s about a state “a state of being zealous for the land God has for each one of us, starting with our relationship with Him”.