The Best of 2011 – July Through December: #17: Matt Redman | Christian Music Zine


Writer of some of our favorite worship songs, Matt Redman is coming out with 10,000 Reasons on July 12th 2011 via Sixsteps Records

Here’s his bio:

Matt Redman is married to Beth and they have five children; Maisey, Noah, Rocco, Jackson and Levi. Based in Brighton, England they are part of St Peters, a new church planted out of HTB in London. They are excited about the challenge of working in a city which is currently one of the most unchurched in the UK. Previously they were part of Passion City Church in Atlanta, USA with pastors Louie and Shelley Giglio, and continue to work alongside the Passion movement.

Matt has been leading worship full-time since the age of 20 and this journey has taken him to countries such as South Africa, Japan, India, Australia, Germany, Uganda, Croatia and the Czech Republic. His early compositions include ‘The Heart of Worship’, ‘Better is One Day’ and ‘Once Again’. More recent songs have included ‘Blessed Be Your Name’ and ‘You Never Let Go’ – both written with wife Beth and encouraging us to worship God through the storms of life. As Matt explains, “Blessed Be Your name is a declaration of something which we’ve both found to true in the tough seasons of life – that to worship God and trust Him no matter what will always be the best path to take. The song ‘You Never Let Go’ takes up the same theme – it starts off with some thoughts from Psalm 23 and reminds us that no matter what we come across in life, there is a God who is in control, closer than we could ever know, and holding us.” Most recently Matt has written songs such as ‘You alone can rescue’ and ‘How Great is Your faithfulness’ with regular co-writer Jonas Myrin, plus the song ‘Our God’ written with Myrin, Chris Tomlin and Jesse Reeves, which appears on the latest Passion worship record.

Matt is also the author of three books which all centre around the theme of worship. ‘The Unquenchable Worshipper’ unpacks what a healthy heart of worship might look like, and how that translates into the lives we lead. ‘Facedown’ explores how we can paint a big picture of God through our songs and actions. The third book, ‘Blessed Be Your Name’, co-authored with Beth, is an encouragement to trust in the sovereignty and goodness of God, even when to do so seems costly. Matt has also compiled two other books – ‘The Heart of Worship Files’ and ‘Inside-Out Worship’ – practical worship-leading advice from many experienced leaders around the globe.

Check out the rest of the list here.

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