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Songwriter connects worshippers around globecomment (0)

May 8, 2014

By Leann Callaway

Songwriter connects worshippers around globe

With millions of people singing his songs in churches and concerts each week, Matt Redman desires to connect worshippers to lyrics filled with messages of grace, redemption and forgiveness.

As the writer of praise songs such as “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” “Better is One Day,” “You Never Let Go” and “Blessed Be Your Name,” Redman’s work has become a staple among contemporary worship. He currently has 26 songs in the Christian Copyright Licensing International Top 500, with six songs featured in the Top 50.

In addition to Redman’s songwriting making an impact on churches around the globe, fellow musicians also admire his heartfelt lyrics and melodies. Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, David Crowder, Israel Houghton, Jeremy Camp, Jesus Culture and Passion are just a few of the artists who have selected songs written by Redman for their albums.

Redman has received countless awards and accolades, including two Grammy Awards and a Billboard Music Award for “Top Christian Song.”

Recently the song “10,000 Reasons” also was recognized as the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers’ Christian Music Song of the Year. At the 2013 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards in Nashville, Redman garnered six awards, including the prestigious honors of Songwriter of the Year, Song of the Year and Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year.

But in spite of his success and popularity, Redman remains focused on shining the spotlight on God.

“My main hope is that the songs will point to Jesus and help people pray to Him through music,” Redman said. “When I write worship songs, I often think about the two essential factors of description and devotion. I want to paint an inspiring picture of God through song and then give people a way to respond to what they see — bringing devotion to God.”

His newest worship album, “Your Grace Finds Me,” debuted at No. 1 on the Soundscan Christian Albums Chart and placed in the Top 30 on the Billboard 200.

“The title song is a celebration of the grace of God that shows up in so many different details of our daily lives, often when battle and blessing are happening alongside each other,” he said.

Redman said he feels a huge responsibility to bring people closer to God through songs.

“It never ceases to amaze me how music can carry truth into a person’s life in a key moment for them,” he noted. “Most recently, some of the more impacting stories have been about the song ‘10,000 Reasons.’ In fact, we’ve had people write to us and share that when their loved one passed away in the hospital, they requested to be listening to this song.

“That has to be one of the most encouraging things a songwriter could ever hear. What an awesome, humbling privilege to be a tiny part of ... that moment as their loved one went to be with Jesus.”

He added, “As I travel around the world and lead worship at events, it is a real privilege to meet people and hear their stories. What amazes me the most is how quickly we get on the same page together in worship because of our unity in Christ. People around the world are responding to the truth of Jesus, which I really hope shines through in the songs.”

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