About the Band
Forming for the first Planetshakers Conference in 1997, Australian Christian Worship band, Planetshakers is passionate to see generations worldwide unite together to worship God. Their heart is to see people encounter God, be transformed by his presence and empowered to make a difference in their world.
Hailing originally from Adelaide, the Planetshakers Band is now based in Melbourne at Planetshakers City Church, under the leadership of Senior Pastors Russell and Sam Evans.
With over 20 internationally acclaimed albums, the band tour annually to the USA, UK, Europe, South Africa, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Since 1997 the band has grown substantially, touring the globe regularly.
SAM EVANS | Lead Vocalist
In 1997 I began the journey which is now known as Planetshakers with my husband Russell. What started as a humble youth conference with the mandate to ’empower generations to win generations’ has now grown and developed into a global ministry and church ministering to millions of people all over the world through dynamic preaching and passionate praise and worship music with an emphasis on personal encounters with God. I have the privilege of serving my local church as co-lead pastor in Melbourne where the first Planetshakers Church was started in 2004 and has grown to more than 12,000 members. My main involvement is with discipleship and training, the various conferences we host, music and worship and implementing the vision of Planetshakers locally and globally.
JOTH HUNT | Lead Vocalist & Lead Guitarist
I grew up in a very musical family. It was what I wanted to do with my life. Music. I started playing Piano, drums and guitar at the age of 7. I understood from a very early age that God had given the gift of music and I wanted to use that gift for him. As a young boy going to Planetshakers conferences I started to dream how God could use my gift to touch the earth. Starting to learn how to record music at the age of 14, i fell in love with producing music. Now here I am producing the Planetshakers albums. The dreams God put in my heart are coming to pass.
RUDY NIKKERUD | Lead Vocalist
I encountered God for the very first time at a Planetshakers Conference back when I was 16 years old, and my life has never been the same. After finishing my music degree I moved to Melbourne and have been a part of Planetshakers Church since it’s inception. Having the opportunity to be a part of the entire ministry, and to see many hundreds of thousands of people encounter Jesus just like I did has been a dream come true. Now I oversee our College Student ministry, and get to use my musical gift serving as part of the Planetshakers Band leading worship all over the world.
CHELSI NIKKERUD | Lead Vocalist
I came to Planetshakers from Miami Florida in the USA and did Planetshakers Bible College. God changed my life during that time! I felt God call me to move to Australia permanently and serve at Planetshakers. I became part of the Planetshakers Band seven years ago, and have had the opportunity to travel the world doing what I love, for the one I adore. I’m on staff at Planetshakers Church with my husband Rudy Nikkerud (who also travels with the band). We are so blessed and honored to do what we do!
BJ PRIDHAM | Background Vocalist
I’m honored to be the Worship Pastor of Planetshakers Church, based in Melbourne, Australia. Blessed with a music team of a few hundred strong across four local campuses, I’m passionate about seeing people step into their God-given calling by stewarding their gifts and serving the house of God. Having the privilege to write a number of Planetshakers songs, it’s my greatest desire that people would have their own personal encounter with God and experience His presence and goodness on a deeper level.
NATASHA HAM | Background Vocalist
I came to Planetshakers for the first time when I was 18 and was blown away by the passion that the worship team and congregation had for God. I'd always been a singer, and finally felt there was something I could dedicate my life and my gift to – Jesus. God has opened so many doors and over the past 2 years I've had the incredible opportunity of touring with the band all around the world and to sing at our annual conferences in that time. I've also had the awesome privilege of being on staff at Planetshakers. God has truly done a work in my life, looking back, I could have never imagined I would be here, what an honour it is to serve our God!
AIMEE EVANS | Background Vocalist
Throughout my whole life I have been attending Planetshakers church with my family. I grew up loving to sing! I had a dream to one day to use my gift to lift up God with my voice. I remember attending a Planetshakers conference one year when I was 13 asking God what do you want me to do in your kingdom and through that moment God revealed to me that I was going to be used to serve him with my gifts. I started by worshiping God in my own time in my room & seeking him day in and day out. As God opened the door for me to sing as a BV in Planetshakers music team I have grown so much in him. I am so blessed to now be a part of the vision of Planetshakers.
NOAH WALKER | Background Vocalist
Originally from New Zealand, I’ve now been a part of the Planetshakers Family in Melbourne, Australia for more than three life-changing years. As a volunteer for the Planetboom youth ministry, I’m passionate about discipling the next generation and sharing the power of God’s presence through worship. In fact, this past year has truly been an experience I’ll never forget. Touring with Planetshakers Band around the world has blessed me in indescribable ways, especially since I recently got engaged to the beautiful and incredibly talented band member, Aimee Evans!
NATALIE RUIZ | Background Vocalist
Since I can remember I have sung and written songs to express my experiences with Jesus. It’s such a precious gift to be able to sing on the mountain tops of life, as well as in the valleys. I am constantly blown away by how singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord lifts one up to see from heavenly perspectives. I’ve sung with the Planetshakers band for nearly two decades. It’s one of the best things I get to do in life. God never stops surprising, blessing, bringing breakthrough and raining down His glorious self. He’s the best!
ULI FLORES | Background Vocalist
I’m originally from Bakersfield, California. In 2013, I attended a Planetshakers Conference in San Diego where I felt God call me to move to Melbourne, Australia to do Planetshakers College. I made the move the following year in 2014. I grew up singing and have always had a passion for praise and worship! As a college student, I joined the Planetshakers band and for the last 4 years I’ve have had the opportunity to travel the world as a Background Vocalist. In 2017, I moved back to America to be part of our Planetshakers Austin Campus where I now continue to serve on the music team and help lead our youth ministry, Planetboom.
ANDY HARRISON | Drummer
Born in Hobart Tasmania, I grew up with a passion for drumming, starting lessons at 6 years of age and drumming in my local church band soon after. As a teenager I attended Planetshakers Conferences and it was here that I significantly encountered God – receiving a call for ministry. In 2006 I moved to Planetshakers Church, Melbourne to study at Bible College and serve in the youth and music teams. I am now the Planetshakers Drummer and Youth Pastor and have a passion and heart for worship and to see the next generation encounter Jesus.
JOSH HAM | Bass Guitarist
I fell in love with Jesus when I was 10, and with music soon after; I have been playing the bass for 15 years. I grew up listening to all the Christian music greats, but my favourite was always Planetshakers (you might think I’m just saying that, but I’m 100% legitimate). I loved the edgy, current, energetic sound, but more so the zealous hunger for the presence of the Spirit of God. It was because of Planetshakers music that I felt compelled and excited to play music in my local church, and to push both my musicality and passion for God to another level. Planetshakers music was such a huge inspiration for me, it is my prayer that having the opportunity to play a part in the Planetshakers legacy will similarly bless and encourage others to be the best worshippers they can possibly be, both in spirit and in truth.
JESSE MCCARTHY | Electric Guitarist
Born and raised in Canada to a Canadian mum and Australian dad (who are absolutely amazing I might add!), I moved to Melbourne, Australia in 2007 to go to University and study Aerospace Engineering. At around the same time, I got planted in Planetshakers Church, and subsequently got involved with the music team. I always played guitar in church growing up, and have always loved music since I was four years old. Back then, I had a dream to use my gift to bless people, but I had no idea that God would take me half-way across the world to see this dream fulfilled! God is such a great God! It is actually an incredible honour and privilege to get to use my gift around the world to help usher people into an encounter with God, and just as God did with me, see healing and breakthrough pervade every situation and circumstance. It is just incredible that God has allowed me to walk in my calling as an Aerospace scientist, and a musician. Today, my beautiful wife Rachel and I count it an honour to be a part of what God is doing in, as well as through, Planetshakers. To God be the glory!
MITCH WONG | Keyboardist
I have been a part of Planetshakers Church since 2004. Currently, I serve weekly as part of the worship team and I’m also studying law. I began piano lessons when I was five and stopped a year later… Back then, piano was more of a chore I hated rather than an instrument I loved. But ten years later, I picked it up again because I wanted to write songs. The rest is history. It’s funny the way God works! Whether through music, songwriting or simply encouraging and loving others, I count it as the greatest privilege to be used by our awesome God!
NICKY SEOW | Keyboardist
Born in Singapore, I attended my first Planetshakers event in 2004… in Singapore! I remember encountering the very tangible and passionate presence of God in worship and with tears streaming down my face, I told God that one day I’ll serve You alongside these amazing people. Fast forward to today, God has brought me to Melbourne, Australia and now I am part of our church’s creative team ministering to people week in week out and I also have been blessed with the amazing opportunity to tour with the band all around the world, lifting up the mighty name of Jesus. What an honour to do what we do!