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
Website mattredman.com

Matt Redman (born 14 February 1974[2]) is an English Christian worship leader, singer, songwriter and author now based in Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom. An artist for sixstepsrecords, he is also a member and trustee of Compassionart, a charity founded by fellow musician Martin Smith. He has been involved in a number of events for the Passion Conferences and worked with Hillsong London.

He co-wrote the 2005 Dove Award-winning "Blessed Be Your Name" (Worship Song of the Year) and the Grammy Award nominated "Our God".

His collaboration with LZ7 for the charity single "Twenty Seven Million" charted in the UK. The single of "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)", co-written with Jonas Myrin, reached #1 on the US Billboard Christian Songs chart. Redman has won two Grammy Awards, the awards for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song and Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance, as well as the Gospel Music Association's Dove Award for Song of the Year.

Career[edit]

Beginnings at Soul Survivor[edit]

Redman began leading worship at St Andrews, Chorleywood, moving to help found Soul Survivor alongside Mike Pilavachi, then becoming worship leader for the Soul Survivor Church in Watford. According to 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.

Leadership at various churches[edit]

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

Recording[edit]

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.[8][9]

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.[10]

Writing[edit]

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".

Songwriting[edit]

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.

His early songs including "Heart of Worship", "You Never Let Go", "Let Everything That Has Breath", "Once Again", "Undignified", and "Better Is One Day" have been included in various sheet music compilations used by thousands of churches.

He has worked with numerous conferences including Newfrontiers, Passion Conferences, Hillsong London, and Soul Survivor. He has regularly collaborated with other Christian musicians including Chris Tomlin and Tim Hughes.

Personal life[edit]

Redman was born in Watford, England in 1974. His father suffered from depression and committed suicide when Matt was just seven. He said in an interview with CCM magazine that he only discovered the actual cause of death of his father when he was about 10.[11] His mother remarried, and his step-father was very abusive to him and his family and was jailed.[11] He was converted after attending a mission service by Luis Palau. Matt was encouraged by Mike Pilavachi, an Anglican Church youth leader to lead worship in his teens. Matt was one of the founders of Soul Survivor, a spiritual youth movement.[11]

He married Beth Redman, who was also a songwriter and author. The couple have five children.[5] Beth Redman is one of the founders of The A21 Campaign, a charity for fighting injustice in the 21st century, particularly in human trafficking.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums

Year Song Peak chart positions
UK
[12]
US
[13]
US
Christian

[14]
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 136 13
2011 10,000 Reasons 149[15] 60 1
2015 Unbroken Praise
(Unbroken Praise: At Abbey Road Studios)
58 50 1
2016 These Christmas Lights 15

Live albums

Year Song Peak chart positions
UK
[12]
US
[13]
US
Christian

[14]
2004 Facedown 19
2005 Blessed Be Your Name: The Songs of Matt Redman Vol. 1 41
2013 Your Grace Finds Me 68 28 1

Compilation albums

Year Song Peak chart positions
UK US
[13]
US
Christian

[14]
2010 Ultimate Collection
2010 Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection 23

Video albums and DVDs

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
UK
[12]
US US
Christian
US
Heatseekers
2006 "You Never Let Go" 17 Beautiful News
2012 "Twenty Seven Million"
(with LZ7)
12 Non-album release
"10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" 103 1 11 Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection
2013 "Your Grace Finds Me" 11 Your Grace Finds Me
2014 "Mercy" 37
2015 "It Is Well With My Soul" 34 Unbroken Praise

Appearances[edit]

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

Awards[edit]

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)"[19]
  • 2013: Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year: "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)"[19]
  • 2013: Songwriter of the Year[19]

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)

References[edit]

  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". Christianmusic.about.com. 14 February 1974. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "alphacourse.org". Uk.alphacourse.org. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Farewell To UK Friends – passioncitychurch blog". Passioncitychurch.com. 22 July 2010. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b (c) 2008 Design/development by Visual Inventor Ltd. Co. http://www.VisualInventor.com. "Matt Redman". Mattredman.sparrowrecords.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  6. ^ http://mattredman.com/about-matt/
  7. ^ "LIFT". Passioncitychurch.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  8. ^ "Matt Redman Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Matt Redman becomes first Brit to top US Christian music charts | Christian News on Christian Today". Christiantoday.com. 30 July 2011. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  10. ^ "International Tour With Matt Redman". 
  11. ^ a b c GrowthTrac: Interview with Matt Redman
  12. ^ a b c Official Chart Company: Matt Redman page
  13. ^ a b c Billboard 200 - Matt Redman page
  14. ^ a b c Billboard Top Christian Albums -Matt Redman page
  15. ^ http://www.zobbel.de/cluk/110723cluk.txt
  16. ^ "Passion: Let the Future Begin". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "New Live Passion Album To Be Titled 'Let The Future Begin'". Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards on gmc". Doveawards.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  19. ^ a b c http://www.doveawards.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/DoveAwardNominees.FINAL_.8-1.pdf

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