Matt Redman

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Matt Redman
Matt Redman at Dettingen an der Erms (Germany) December 2010.jpg
Background information
Birth name Matthew James Redman[1]
Born (1974-02-14) 14 February 1974 (age 42)
Watford, England
Origin Chorleywood, England
Genres Worship, contemporary Christian, pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, worship leader, author
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar
Years active 1993–present
Labels Survivor, sixsteps
Associated acts Passion Conferences

Matt Redman (born 14 February 1974[2]) is an English Christian worship leader, singer, songwriter and author based in Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom. He is an artist for sixstepsrecords and is a member of Compassionart, a charity founded by Martin Smith, Redman has served as a member of the Board of trustees for the organisation. Through sixstepsrecords, he has taken part in a number of Passion Gatherings for the Passion Conferences. He also appeared with Hillsong London for a song on their 2005 album Jesus Is; he co-wrote and sang the song "Greatest Gift". More recently he has co-written the 2005 Dove Award-winning "Blessed Be Your Name" (Worship Song of the Year) and the Grammy Award nominated "Our God".

In 2012, he had a charity single "Twenty Seven Million" with LZ7 charting in the UK. The same year he had a No. 1 single in "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" co-written with Jonas Myrin with the single topping the US Billboard Christian Songs chart. In 2013, Redman won two Grammy Awards for the song: Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. The same year, he also won the Mospel Music Association's Dove Award for Song of the Year for "10,000 Reasons".


Redman started leading worship at St Andrews, Chorleywood, moving to help start up Soul Survivor alongside Mike Pilavachi and was the worship leader for the Soul Survivor Church in Watford. According to founder Mike Pilavachi, the Soul Survivor festivals (which began in 1993) grew out of worship sessions with him and the then 15-year-old Redman.[3] Redman led worship at the early Soul Survivor festivals, returning to lead worship again in 2011 and 2014.

In 2002, after a sabbatical in America recording Where Angels Fear to Tread, Redman moved to Brighton to work with Terry Virgo at the Newfrontiers church, CCK. He has been involved in their Newday and Together on a Mission conferences. In 2004 Redman joined a new church plant, The Point, also in West Sussex, led by Will Kemp.

In 2008 Matt and Beth Redman, along with their three children, moved to Atlanta, Georgia, to plant a church with Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin called Passion City Church. In August 2010 Redman and his family returned to the UK. They have since joined a church plant in Brighton at St Peter's Church, Brighton, and (as at 2015) have five children.[4][5][6]

On 18 and 19 February 2011, Redman joined Chris Tomlin, Louie Giglio, and Nathan and Christy Nockels at LIFT – A Worship Leader Collective. His 2011 live album, 10,000 Reasons was recorded during this event.[7] 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 Redman's first No. 1 hit on American Contemporary Christian radio.

This came immediately after Matt Redman and LZ7, a Manchester-based Christian rap and dance group, released "Twenty Seven Million" on 27 February 2012, to raise awareness for the anti-human trafficking movement. The record in support of the A21 Campaign, and to abolish modern day slavery ad charted on the UK Singles Chart reaching No. 12. The single also charted in Scotland. Redman toured internationally with the band, to raise awareness through worship/gig nights.[8]

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. His book Mirror Ball relays his thoughts and experiences of 'living boldly and shining brightly for the glory of God'.


A great number of contemporary Christian music (CCM) artists such as Matt Maher, Michael W. Smith, Jeremy Camp, Rebecca St. James, Chris Tomlin, David Crowder Band, Tree63, Kutless, Stellar Kart, and Hillsong United have performed Redman's songs. Some of his most popular early songs include "Heart of Worship", "You Never Let Go", "Let Everything That Has Breath", "Once Again", "Undignified", and "Better Is One Day".

He has worked with Newfrontiers, Passion Conferences, Hillsong London, Soul Survivor and he regularly works alongside other Christian artists such as Chris Tomlin and Tim Hughes.



Studio albums
Live albums
Compilation albums
Video albums / DVDs


Year Song Peak chart positions
2012 "Twenty Seven Million"
(with LZ7)
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" 103 1 11
2013 "Your Grace Finds Me" 11
2014 "Mercy" 37


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[15]
  • 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)"[16]
  • 2013: Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year: "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)"[16]
  • 2013: Songwriter of the Year[16]

Published books[edit]

  • The Unquenchable Worshipper, (2001)
  • Where Angels Fear to Tread, (2002)
  • The Heart of Worship Files, (2003)
  • Facedown, (2004)
  • Inside Out Worship, (2005)
  • Blessed Be Your Name (with Beth Redman), (2005)
  • Mirror Ball, (2011)


  1. ^ Redman, Matthew James. "Songwriter/Composer: REDMAN MATTHEW JAMES". Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI). Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Matt Redman Biography – Profile of Christian Worship Leader Matt Redman". 14 February 1974. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Farewell To UK Friends – passioncitychurch blog". 22 July 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  5. ^ (c) 2008 Design/development by Visual Inventor Ltd. Co. "Matt Redman". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
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  7. ^ "LIFT". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "International Tour With Matt Redman". 
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  10. ^ "Matt Redman Album & Song Chart History". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Matt Redman becomes first Brit to top US Christian music charts | Christian News on Christian Today". 30 July 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Unbroken Praise (Live) by Matt Redman". 16 June 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Passion: Let the Future Begin". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "New Live Passion Album To Be Titled 'Let The Future Begin'". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards on gmc". Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
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