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Matt Redman
Background information
Birth nameMatthew James Redman[1]
Born (1974-02-14) 14 February 1974 (age 50)
Watford, England
GenresWorship, contemporary Christian, pop
OccupationsSinger-songwriter, worship leader, author
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1993–present
Labelssixstepsrecords, Sparrow, Integrity

Matthew James Redman (born 14 February 1974) is an English Christian worship leader, singer-songwriter and author. Redman has released 16 albums,[2] written 8 books,[3] and helped start three church-plants.[4] He is best known for his two-time Grammy Award-winning single, "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)".[5] Co-written with Jonas Myrin, the single reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Christian Songs chart in 2012.[6]

Early life[edit]

Redman was born on 14 February 1974,[7] and raised in Watford, England. The family had moved to Chorleywood, a small commuter town, when he was around the age of two.[8] His father took his own life when Matt was seven years old,[9] and he and his brother were raised predominantly by his mother.[10] His mother later remarried into an abusive relationship that took a great toll on the family.[8] At the age of 10, he converted to Christianity after attending a mission service by Luis Palau at London's QPR football stadium and was encouraged by Mike Pilavachi, an Anglican church youth leader to lead worship in his teens.[11]


Christian church leadership[edit]

Redman was converted to Christianity at the age of 10 and attended the Anglican church of St Andrew's Chorleywood, in Hertfordshire. It was there he learned to play guitar, and at the age of 20, he began leading worship services and released his first album.[12] In 1993, Redman helped found alongside his pastor, Mike Pilavachi, Soul Survivor, a global Christian movement and yearly music festival aimed at youth.[10] From 1994 until 2002, Redman led worship services for Soul Survivor Church, Watford.[13]

In 2002, after a sabbatical in America to record Where Angels Fear to Tread, Redman moved to Brighton.[13] In 2004 he and his wife joined a new church plant, The Point, in West Sussex,[14] led by pastor Will Kemp.[15]

In 2008, Redman, along with his wife Beth and their three children, moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to help plant Passion City Church with Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin. In August 2010, they returned to the UK with their children.[16][17]


Matt recorded his first album, Wake Up My Soul, at ICC studios in January and February 1994. The album had an impressive line-up of Christian musicians including Iona's Mike Haughton, percussionist Martin Neil, Split Level's Adrian Thompson, Helen Burgess and Les Moir on bass, and was produced by Martin Smith.[12]

In 2002, Redman co-wrote with his wife Beth, the 2002 Dove Award-winning "Blessed Be Your Name" (Worship Song of the Year)[18] and the Grammy Award-nominated "Our God."[19] Since then, Matt and Beth have co-created some of Redman's most successful songs including, "You Never Let Go", "Face Down" and "Let My Words Be Few".[20]

Redman performing in May 2018

In February 2011, Redman joined Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, and Nathan and Christy Nockels at LIFT – A Worship Leader Collective where his 2011 live album, 10,000 Reasons, was recorded.[21] On 28 July 2012, "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)", the title track of Redman's new album, topped the Billboard Christian Songs chart, where it stayed for 13 weeks. It was his first No. 1 hit on American Contemporary Christian radio.[22][23] The single went on to win two Grammy Awards, for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance[19] and was certified Gold by RIAA in 2018.[24] Matt has also won thirteen Gospel Music Association's Dove Awards.[18]

The album's success came immediately after Matt Redman and LZ7, a Manchester-based Christian rap and urban music group, released the song "Twenty Seven Million" on 27 February 2012, to raise awareness for the anti-human trafficking movement. The record, charted on the UK Singles Chart reaching No. 12. Redman toured internationally with the band, to raise awareness for the cause through worship.[25]

Redman's songs have been covered by a number of contemporary Christian music (CCM) artists including Matt Maher, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, Rebecca St. James, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Tree63, Kutless, Stellar Kart, and Hillsong United.[26] He has regularly collaborates with other Christian musicians including Chris Tomlin and Tim Hughes.[26]

In 2019, Redman announced he had signed with Integrity Music, with new music coming in late 2019, and a new album in 2020.[27]


He has authored and edited multiple books on Christian worship, including The Unquenchable Worshipper and the book Facedown which accompanied the album of the same name.[28] He and his wife co-wrote the book titled "Blessed Be Your Name" with the hopes to bring others to trust God and his goodness, no matter the circumstance.[29]

Personal life[edit]

He married Beth Redman, who is also a songwriter and author. The couple has five children.[17]

On 13 July 2023, following reports of allegations of abuse committed by Mike Pilavachi, Redman released a statement in which he identified himself as one of Pilavachi's alleged victims. In his statement, Redman said, "I have spent years trying to fully heal from my time at Soul Survivor".[30] In April 2024 he released a short documentary entitled Let There Be Light in which he described his experience.[31][32]



Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart position

1993 Wake Up My Soul
1995 Passion for Your Name
1997 The Friendship and the Fear
1998 Intimacy
1999 The Heart of Worship
(US release of Intimacy)
2000 The Father's Song
2002 Where Angels Fear to Tread 38
2006 Beautiful News 156 8
2009 We Shall Not Be Shaken
  • Label: sixstepsrecords
136 13
2011 10,000 Reasons 149
60 1
2015 Unbroken Praise: At Abbey Road Studios
  • Label: sixstepsrecords
58 50 1
2016 These Christmas Lights
  • Label: sixstepsrecords
2017 Glory Song
  • Label: Sparrow/sixstepsrecords
112 2
2020 Let There Be Wonder (Acoustic)
  • Label: Integrity Music
2023 Lamb of God
  • Label: Integrity Music

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart position

2004 Facedown
  • Label: sixstepsrecords
2005 Blessed Be Your Name: The Songs of Matt Redman Vol. 1
  • Label: sixstepsrecords
2013 Your Grace Finds Me
  • Label: sixstepsrecords
68 28 1
2020 Let There Be Wonder[38] [A] 10

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Title Peak chart position

2010 Ultimate Collection
  • Label: Sparrow
2012 Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection
  • Label: Sparrow

Video albums and DVDs[edit]


Year Song Peak chart positions Certifications Album



2003 "Blessed Be Your Name" [B] Where Angels Fear to Tread
2006 "You Never Let Go" 17 Beautiful News
2011 "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" 3 1
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[37]
10,000 Reasons
"Never Once"[45] [C]
2012 "Twenty Seven Million"
(with LZ7)
45 12 non-album single
2013 "Your Grace Finds Me" 11 10 Your Grace Finds Me
2014 "Mercy" 37 28
2015 "It Is Well With My Soul" 34 24 Unbroken Praise
"Unbroken Praise" [D]
2016 "His Name Shall Be" 35 21 These Christmas Lights
"Help from Heaven"
(with Natasha Bedingfield)
2017 "Gracefully Broken"
(with Tasha Cobbs Leonard)
18 17 Glory Song
2019 "One Day (When We All Get to Heaven)"[citation needed]
"The Same Jesus"[38] 46 34 Let There Be Wonder (Live)[38]
2020 "We Praise You"
(with Brandon Lake)
2020 "Upon Him"


Collaborations on Passion event albums
Appearances on Passion Live and Passion compilation albums
  • 2000: OneDay: Live
  • 2005: How Great Is Our God
  • 2006: The Best of Passion (So Far)
  • 2007: Live from Passion 07 Pt. 2


Grammy Award wins

Dove Award wins[18]

  • 2005: Worship Song of the Year: "Blessed Be Your Name"
  • 2006: Praise and Worship Album of the Year: Blessed Be Your Name: The Songs of Matt Redman Vol. 1
  • 2007: Children's Music Album of the Year: VeggieTales Worship Songs
  • 2007: Special Event Album of the Year: Passion: Everything Glorious
  • 2009: Special Event Album of the Year: Passion: God of This City
  • 2011: Worship Song of the Year – TIE: "Our God"
  • 2011: Special Event Album of the Year: Passion: Awakening
  • 2013: Song of the Year: "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)"[50]
  • 2013: Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year: "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)"[50]
  • 2013: Songwriter of the Year[50]

Church of England

Published books[edit]


  1. ^ Let There Be Wonder did not enter the Billboard 200, but peaked at No. 49 on the Top Album Sales chart.[40]
  2. ^ "Blessed Be Your Name" did not enter the Hot Christian Songs chart, but peaked at No. 15 on the Christian Digital Song Sales chart.[44]
  3. ^ "Never Once" did not enter the Christian Airplay chart, but peaked at No. 16 on the Christian Soft AC chart.[46]
  4. ^ "Unbroken Praise" did not enter the Christian Airplay chart, but peaked at No. 1 on the Christian Soft AC chart.[47]


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