Matt Redman's songs, Heart of Worship, Better Is One Day, Let My Words Be Few, Once Again and others, have impacted congregations across the world. Leading a generation of worshippers, his music has also been recorded by such popular artists as Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James, Passion and more. As Matt continues to be an inspiration in worship settings around the world, he is committed to the role God has placed on his life for this season.
Whether it's providing a new crop of songs for congregational worship or mentoring new songwriters and worship leaders of tomorrow, he has become one of the defining artists of this generation.
"I can look back on the past few years of writing songs and see what God has been doing in my life," says Redman. "It's a bit like journaling. It's just part of me and it's how I let my heart overflow before God. But on top of that, when you've poured out your heart to God in a little room somewhere, and then one day you visit a church in another country and they're singing your song, it's a great encouragement, because ultimately that's what the songs are for."
"Blessed Be Your Name" is a collection of Matt Redman's key worship songs together for the first time on a new live recording. Partner book with Regal Books coming August 2005, "Blessed Be Your Name" authored by Matt & Beth Redman. Songbook by Worship Together is also available.
Matt Redman has quickly become one of the most respected worship leaders and songwriters in the praise and worship movement today. His songs are regularly featured on countless worship projects and at worship events around the world. Matt has been one of the young leaders at the helm of the modern worship movement in Great Britain, and has contributed songs and inspiration to groups and projects like SonicFlood, Passion, WOW Worship and Revival Generation. A multitude of other worship groups and ministries has continued to widen the path Matt’s music has forged over the past few years. "The Heart of Worship," the title song on Matt’s last album, was originally recorded as a duet by Matt and Martin Smith of Delirious, but was later recorded by SonicFlood for the group’s self-titled debut project as well as Matt’s version on WOW Worship Blue. Additionally, songs like Better Is One Day, Let Everything That Has Breath, Let My Words Be Few, Knocking On the Door of Heaven, Once Again, and O Sacred King are just a few of the worship favorites written by Matt that have shown up on projects like Passion and RevivalGeneration, among others.
While Matt served as worship leader for the Soul Survivor youth congregation in Watford, England, Matt felt drawn into a ministry to lead a younger generation into a place of intimacy with God through worship. He has seen first-hand what role music has played in impacting youth and bringing healing.
"We get the privilege of traveling to different countries, and everywhere we’ve seen the same thing," Matt shares, "more and more young people finding real passion for God and longing to express it. Music is a wonderful way of expressing that love they have for Him. Over the last few years we’ve been in the most raucous, wild, loud times of worship imaginable, and also in times of holy silence. It's wonderful to see what's happening."
In addition to his role at Soul Survivor church, Matt has also led worship at Soul Survivor’s annual youth festival, which gathers over 15,000 teenagers every year for worship and teaching. He has led worship seminars across the U.K. and has traveled to Holland, Ireland, Norway, South Africa and the U.S., leading worship for events such as Passion's OneDay event, which hosted more than 40,000 youth and college students in Memphis, Tennessee.
Matt’s desire and vision is to continue to be used in whatever capacity God chooses for him. He knows this is what God is calling him to do at the moment, and his heart is to lead people in times of worship, teaching and ministry - and under the power of the Holy Spirit to equip and empower them to live sold out for God in this generation.
Out of this experience, Matt wrote his first book, The Unquenchable Worshipper. During some time off before the birth of his daughter Maisey, a phrase came into his head - the ‘unquenchable worshipper.’ "For me it felt like a really strong phrase," shares Matt. And as I started thinking about it I thought of lots of other titles as well. The undivided worshipper, talking about purity of heart. The undone worshipper, when you get broken because you’ve had a revelation of God. The undignified worshipper, celebrating Him. The unpredictable worshipper, a heart of romance for Him, a heart of doing wild and crazy things just because we love Him.
Over the past few years, in England and around the world, Matt has had the privilege to travel and see what God is doing. It’s been an amazing time of seeing God capture people’s hearts in a fresh new wave of worship. "This book is an exploration of what God’s been doing," Matt shares, "and what the Bible says God demands, requires and delights in worship."