Tanya Riches

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Tanya Riches is a singer, songwriter, choir conductor, lecturer and scholar residing in Sydney, Australia.[1] Originally publishing her works through Hillsong Church, she authored the popular title "Jesus What a Beautiful Name"[2] at the age of 15, which reached the top 10 Christian congregational songs in Australia, charting also in the U.S., UK, Canada, and many other nations.[3] During her time at Hillsong she also wrote other songs such as "Hear Our Prayer" recorded by the Hillsong United band on the album Everyday and "King of Love" recorded by the Hillsong Band on the album Hope. Both albums reached gold status in Australia. She administrated Hillsong's United Live Youth Band along with Reuben Morgan and Marcus Beaumont until 2003 when Joel Houston became music director and lead singer of United.[4][5] Her songs have been sung in Australian congregations since 1996.[6]

In 2003 Riches became the lead singer of the Christian indie band 'Speaking of Sarah' and toured Australia's main Christian festivals, including performing main stage at Blackstump and Easterfest (formally known as AGMF). In 2006 the band broke up citing "... it was time for a few of the guys to get serious about their work and family commitments, and it was just impossible to put the hours into the band that they had been up until that point.".[7] As the creative pastor of a smaller Pentecostal church in Sydney she released the EP King Above Us All in 2010 with a new version of "Jesus What a Beautiful Name" that included a bridge before returning to Hillsong.

In 2011 she received a PhD scholarship to Fuller Theological Seminary.[8] At the end of her studies, she received the David Allan Hubbard Award.[9]

During her time in California she released her solo CD Grace in 2011,[10] touring her music in churches around the US. Returning to Australia, she currently lectures at Hillsong College and is a sessional lecturer for Pentecostal College, AlphaCrucis.[11] and has written various academic articles on Hillsong Music.[12]


  1. "tanyariches1". tanyariches1. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  2. 'Jesus What a Beautiful Name' Archived 10 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 April 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. "News Article". Mype.co.za. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  5. "Louder Than The Music - Hillsong United". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. "Download Songs for Presenter". Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  7. "SPEAKING OF SARAH - Listen and Stream Free Music, Albums, New Releases, Photos, Videos". Myspace. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  8. "Open House: Tanya Riches 'Jesus What a Beautiful Name'". hope1032.com.au. 13 March 2014. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  9. "Three Accomplished Graduates Given Prestigious Hubbard Achievement Award". fullerseminary.org. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  10. "Grace by Tanya Riches on Apple Music". apple.com. 1 April 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  11. "Pentecostal Discussions". scc.typepad.com. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  12. "The Hillsong Movement Examined - You Call Me Out Upon the Waters - Tanya Riches - Springer". springer.com. Retrieved 29 January 2018.

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