Matt Maher

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Matt Maher
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Maher performing in 2011
Background information
Born (1974-11-10) November 10, 1974 (age 40)[1]
Newfoundland, Canada
Genres Contemporary Christian, contemporary worship
Years active 2000–present
Labels Essential
Website www.mattmahermusic.com

Matthew "Matt" Guion Maher (born November 10, 1974)[1] is a Canadian contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist, songwriter, and worship leader originally from Newfoundland, Canada, who later relocated to Tempe, Arizona. He has written and produced seven solo albums to date. Three of his albums have reached the Top 25 Christian Albums Billboard chart and four of his singles have reached the Top 25 Christian Songs chart. He is a practicing Catholic.[2]

Biography[edit]

Maher was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada. His parents recognized his musical talent, and he grew up taking piano lessons and immersing himself in a broad variety of music and playing in concert and jazz ensembles, singing in a choir, and playing in a garage rock band.[3]

Maher started his post-secondary studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, but soon after received a scholarship from the Jazz Department at Arizona State University, so he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he studied jazz piano and earned a music degree. He paid for his first three years of college by playing piano in a hotel.

Maher currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Career[edit]

His first label was the Spirit and Song, a division of OCP Publications, where he released his first three collections. Early in 2007 Maher signed to Essential Records. He released his first big-label album (and his fourth album overall) Empty and Beautiful on April 8, 2008. His second album with Essential Records (and his fifth album overall), Alive Again, was released on September 22, 2009.[4] In late 2009, Maher toured with Michael W. Smith, Meredith Andrews and Phil Stacey on the "New Hallelujah Tour". Alive Again peaked at No. 6 on Billboard magazine's Top Christian Albums chart in 2009.[5]

When Pope Benedict XVI visited the United States in April 2008, Maher was asked to lead worship for crowds of thousands at the Rally for Youth and Seminarians in Yonkers, New York, which also featured Kelly Pease, tobyMac and Third Day, among other musicians. He was subsequently interviewed on Fox News, where he played his title track from Empty and Beautiful.[6]

Maher was a guest singer songwriter speaker at Crowder's Fantastical Church Music Conference at Baylor University in late 2010 put on by the David Crowder Band.[7] In early 2011 he toured the United States on the Rock And Worship Roadshow headlined by MercyMe.[8]

Maher performed Lord, I Need You for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio, Brazil.[9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Maher performing at YC Newfoundland in 2009.
Year Album details Peak chart positions
US US
Christian
US
Heat
2001 The End and the Beginning[10]
2003 Welcome to Life[12]
  • Released: January 1, 2003[13]
  • Label: Spirit and Song
  • Format: CD, digital download
2006 Overflow[14]
  • Released: March 22, 2006[15]
  • Label: Spirit and Song
  • Format: CD, digital download
2008 Empty & Beautiful
  • Released: April 8, 2008
  • Label: Essential
  • Format: CD, digital download
168[16] 12[17] 6[18]
2009 Alive Again
  • Released: September 22, 2009
  • Label: Essential
  • Format: CD, digital download
128[19] 6[17]
2011 The Love in Between
  • Released: September 20, 2011
  • Label: Essential
  • Format: CD, digital download
97 7
2013 All the People Said Amen
  • Released: April 23, 2013
  • Label: Essential
  • Format: CD, digital download
88 5

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak Chart Positions Album
Billboard Hot Christian Songs
2008 "Your Grace Is Enough" 4 Empty & Beautiful
2009 "Empty & Beautiful" 47
"Alive Again" 12 Alive Again
2010 "Hold Us Together" 6
"Christ Is Risen" 18
2011 "Turn Around" 5 The Love In Between
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" 23 non-album single
2012 "Rise Up" 23 The Love In Between
2013 "Lord, I Need You" 21 All the People Said Amen

1 Currently active on the charts

Awards and recognition[edit]

GMA Canada Covenant Awards
  • 2008 Praise And Worship Album of the Year: Empty & Beautiful[20]
  • 2009 nominee, Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2009 nominee, Song of the Year: "As It Is In Heaven"
  • 2009 nominee, Praise And Worship Song of the Year: "As It Is In Heaven"
  • 2010 Album of the Year: Alive Again
  • 2010 Praise And Worship Album of the Year: Alive Again
  • 2010 Song of the Year: "Hold Us Together"
  • 2010 Praise And Worship Song of the Year: "Alive Again"
  • 2011 Male Vocalist of the Year
  • 2012 Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year: "The Love In Between"
GMA Dove Awards
  • 2010 nominee, Praise And Worship Song of the Year: Alive Again
  • 2010 nominee, Song of the Year: "Alive Again"
  • 2010 winner, Special Events Album of the Year: Glory Revealed II: The Word of God in Worship [Split win with Kari Jobe]
Unity Awards
  • 2003 winner, Best New Artist of the Year
  • 2004 winner, Praise & Worship Song of the Year: "I Love You, Lord"
  • 2008 winner, Best Artist of the Year
Other
  • 2008 Catholic Album of the Year: Empty & Beautiful

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