Matt Redman 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.
Born on 14 February 1974, Matt 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.
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.
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 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.
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”.
- 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