According to reports in mainstream media outlets, pop sensation Justin Bieber is planning to record a Christian music album this year. The singer regularly attends Hillsong Church in the US, and caused a stir in 2016 when he performed an acoustic version of the Delirious worship classic 'I Could Sing of Your Love Forever' during one of his tour dates.
The performance came during his Purpose Tour at a concert in The AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France on Tuesday, 20th September 2016, and footage of Bieber singing the song on stage with his guitar has been widely shared on social media (see below).
British newspaper The Sun reported that the singer is working on his fifth studio album and is chasing "Christian-appropriate" songs after reconnecting with his faith through the Hillsong Church, and is determined his next album will mirror his religious beliefs as much as possible.
A source close to the singer told The Sun, "Justin is on the lookout for songs which really reflect where he is in his life in terms of spirituality. He has always been religious but the last two years have seen him grow closer to the Hillsong Church and it has changed his entire life. He has a totally different outlook now."
"After he finished his last tour he really wasn’t interested in recording any music for a while. But his time with the church has revitalised him and although he is working with a lot of the same people who helped to make his last album, Purpose, he is reshaping his sound so it is more in line with the church’s values and beliefs. There are key themes of love and redemption in the tracks he has created so far. It will certainly surprise some fans."