Matt Redman (born 14 February 1974) 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

Beginnings at Soul Survivor

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. Redman led worship at the early Soul Survivor festivals, returning to lead worship again in 2011 and 2014.

Leadership at various churches

In 2002, after a sabbatical in America recording Where Angels Fear to Tread, Redman moved to Hassock in 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. By 2015, the Redmans had five children.

Recording

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. 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. 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, 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.

Writing

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

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

Redman was born in Watford, England in 1974. His father suffered from depression and committed suicide when Redman 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. His mother remarried, and his step-father was very abusive to him and his family and was jailed. Redman was converted after attending a mission service by Luis Palau. He was encouraged by Mike Pilavachi, an Anglican Church youth leader to lead worship in his teens. Redman is one of the founders of Soul Survivor, a spiritual youth movement. He married Beth Redman, who was also a songwriter and author. The couple have five children. Beth is one of the founders of The A21 Campaign, a charity for fighting injustice in the 21st century, particularly in human trafficking.

Discography

Albums

Studio albums Live albums Compilation albums Video albums and DVDs 2004: Facedown (DVD)

Singles

Appearances

Collaborations on Passion event albums 2000: "Did You Feel The Mountains Tremble?" on The Road to OneDay 2003: "O Come Let Us Adore Him" / "Come Let Us Return to the Lord" and "Blessed Be Your Name" on Sacred Revolution: Songs From OneDay 03 2004: "Father Let Me Dedicate" / "Here Is Love" on Hymns: Ancient and Modern 2006: "You Never Let Go" on Everything Glorious 2008: "God of Our Yesterdays" / "Shine" / "Dancing Generation" on God of This City 2010: "You Alone Can Rescue" on Awakening 2011: "Set Free" (jointly with Chris Tomlin) on Here for You 2012: "Lay Me Down" (jointly with Chris Tomlin) / "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" on White Flag 2013: "Jesus, Only Jesus" / "Shout" (jointly with Chris Tomlin) on Let the Future Begin 2014: "Mercy" / "Worthy" on Take It All 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

Grammy Award wins 2013: Best Contemporary Christian Music Song – "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" 2013: Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance – "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" Dove Award wins 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)" 2013: Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year: "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)" 2013: Songwriter of the Year Church of England 2016: Cranmer Award for Worship, "for his contribution to the worship life of the Church"

Published books

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) 10,000 Reasons: Stories of Faith, Hope, and Thankfulness Inspired by the Worship Anthem (with Craig Borlase) (2017)

References

External links

Official website Interview at Christian Music Today Interview @ Premier.tv

Albums & Songs

One Day (When We All Get To Heaven) [Radio Version] - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Glory Song Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Gracefully Broken (feat. Tasha Cobbs Leonard) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
These Christmas Lights Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
O Little Town (The Glory of Christmas) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
His Name Shall Be - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Unbroken Praise (Live) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Your Grace Finds Me (Live) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) [Performance Tracks] - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Twenty Seven Million - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Never Once (Radio Version) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
10,000 Reasons (Live) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
We Shall Not Be Shaken Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
You Alone Can Rescue (Performance Tracks) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Through It All (Performance Tracks) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
This Is How We Know (Performance Tracks) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
You Never Let Go (Performance Tracks) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Lord, Let Your Glory Fall (Performance Tracks) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Making Melody (Performance Tracks) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Blessed Be Your Name (Performance Tracks) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Amazing (Performance Tracks) - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Top 5: Matt Redman - EP Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Beautiful News (Bonus Track Version) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
You Never Let Go (Radio Mix) - Single Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Blessed Be Your Name (The Songs of Matt Redman, Vol. 1) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Facedown (Live) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
EQUIP - Back to the Heart (A Training Interview with Matt Redman) Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
Where Angels Fear to Tread Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
The Father's Song Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
The Heart of Worship Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes
The Friendship and the Fear Complete Album Listen Mp3 On Itunes