“These Christmas Lights” is my first Christmas album and I’ve loved the process of writing and recording this project. It’s album number twelve for me, but the process this time around has felt so different. With most records you have a blank canvas to write about themes that are captivating your heart in that particular season. But with a Christmas album right from the outset it’s a much more focused project – and I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of that. I’ve loved becoming immersed all over again in the wonder and mystery of the incarnation – that God himself became one of us and journeyed from the cradle to the cross for our salvation. I love this beautiful story of grace that was written upon the pages of history, and upon the pages of Scripture, and is now written deep within our hearts.
One of my main aims during the adventure of writing these songs was to not just tell the old story, but to invite ourselves into it. Some of the very best worship songs move from a place of re-enactment to a stage of realisation – in other words, not just recounting what happened, but actually placing ourselves inside the story and singing of what that means for you and me, here and now. I hope that as you sing these songs you’ll get caught up with the choir of angels, journey alongside the wise men, and stand in awe of Christ with those shepherds. And I pray that just as they did back then, you’ll have a very real and profound encounter with the living God.
One more thing to mention – so many times people see a name on a record cover and perhaps attribute a little too much credit to that particular person for the things they like about the album. But these projects are always a huge team effort, and that has never been more apparent to me than now. My wife Beth had the initial idea to make “These Christmas Lights” – and friends like Jonas Myrin and Will Weeks invested so much into this process, over so many days . The person who worked hardest of all was producer Bernie Herms – who with passion, grit and determination poured amazing amounts of his brilliant creativity into this moment. Then there are all the songwriters, the musicians, the hard working folk at the record labels and studios, and on and on the list goes. One of the biggest treats for me this time around was to have some lovely friends make guest appearances – the vocal talents of Chris Tomlin, Natasha Bedingfield and Tasha Cobbs. All to say, if you end up liking the songs and sounds on this album, please know it’s a huge team effort.
I hope you really enjoy this record – and most of all I hope these songs will remind us all once again that the glory of Christmas is the glory of Christ.
So thankful for Anne Neilson and her inspiring art. Matt loved having her beautiful painting serve as the cover to the Your Grace Finds Me album, speaking to the wonderful spectrum of God’s grace.
Please check out her work at www.anneneilsonfineart.com
“Mercy, mercy, as endless as the sea. I’ll sing Your hallelujah for all eternity”
The Radio Version of “Mercy” is now available! Grateful to see the response at radio so far and the powerful way people are connecting to this song and the words of grace and love.
Download the song (live + radio version) and Album
View the Live Song Video from the recording at LIFT
Download and Engage with the Chord Chart
Engage with the Lyric / Chord Video
View the Song Story and heart behind the Song in Matt’s own words
Read and explore with the Written Devotional
The cross of Christ shall never lose its power, and never cease to be the most relevant and life-changing act mankind has ever seen. It can never be outdone, add to, or improved upon. Let us never cease to be awed by the sheer scale of grace and love that we discover in that place. As this song ‘Mercy prays:
“May I Never lose the wonder, O the wonder of Your mercy”
3 capital cities in 3 days! Join Matt together with Matt Maher for worship events at the end of May in Dublin, Belfast & Edinburgh.
Dublin – Wed 21st May
Belfast – Thurs 22nd May
Edinburgh – Fri 23rd May
Matt and Matt Maher will also be among the many worship leaders and artists at this year’s Big Church Day Out on the south coast of England, during the weekend of 24th/25th May.
More details www.bigchurchdayout.com
‘Big Church Night In‘ Your Grace Finds Me Tour is set to begin in the UK February 25th! The night of worship will feature Matt Redman, Christy Nockels + a special message from Beth Redman representing The A21 Campaign!
All tickets on sale now!
February 25 – Portsmouth
February 26 – Bradford
February 27 – Birmingham
February 28 – Bath
March 01 – London
Matt’s latest album, Your Grace Finds Me, is available now. We are so excited about these songs of battle and blessing, the wide and wonderful spectrum of God’s grace, and most importantly, the life and name of Jesus.
Download it at iTunes (US or UK store), order the CD online, or pick it up at the closest retailer today.
Hear Matt’s thoughts on collaboration, songwriting, grace and the new album/songs HERE.
For worship leaders, musicians, and those carrying the songs within the local church, be sure to check out the devotionals for each song on the album along with the video chord charts – a new idea we are experimenting with.
Chord Chart for Your Grace Finds Me is available for download HERE. All other charts will be available shortly.
“Whether we’re aware of it or not, the truth is we’ve never lived a day without the grace of God operating in our lives.”
What a brilliant few days at LIFT: A Worship Leader Collective! Not only were they powerful days together with worship leaders and artists, but Matt had the chance to record a collection of new songs he has been carrying live at the gathering to be released as his latest live album!
The new album is set to release September 24, 2013 and you can pre-order it today HERE.
If you are a worship leader or musician and interested in all the content from LIFT and the new album pre-order, make sure to check out Digital All Access. Includes the album pre-order (physical and digital) + all main sessions and breakouts from LIFT. Access it HERE.
An exciting announcement – LIFT is coming May 31 – June 1 with Passion City Church! Such great input for you and your worship team. As an added bonus, Matt’s latest album will be recorded live at this gathering!
LIFT is an opportunity to be with like-minded artists and church leaders, giving you space to be in the presence of God without the constraints of leading others. The gathering will include focused teaching and spiritual challenge, hopefully resulting in a new sense of purpose, power and clarity for worship leaders. Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin are hosting with Crowder, Kristian Stanfill and Nathan & Christy Nockels contributing.
All details can be found HERE. Worship leaders and musicians, don’t miss this weekend!
The new Passion album, Let The Future Begin, is now available for Pre-Order at iTunes!
So excited to finally share each of these songs from Passion 2013 in the Dome! Deluxe Edition includes a brilliant glimpse of the gathering with song videos, a talk from Louie Glgio and bonus songs.
Hear a quick snapshot of the album here.
The new Passion album, Let The Future Begin, is finally available!
Check it out at iTunes or pick up a CD today.
We are all excited to share these songs from Passion 2013 at the Dome as we continue to sing along together of God’s amazing faithfullness.
Deluxe Edition at iTunes includes the best glimpse of the gathering with song videos, a message from Louie Giglio and bonus songs.