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    Matt Maher Debuts New Single 'Your Love Defends Me'
    (Friday, June 09, 2017)
    'Beatitudes' Multi-Artist Album Releases Tomorrow
    (Thursday, April 20, 2017)
    'Beatitudes' Tracks by Matt Maher, Hillsong United Available for Immediate Download With Pre-Order
    (Friday, April 07, 2017)
    'Beatitudes' Tracks by Matt Maher, Hillsong United Available for Immediate Download With Pre-Order
    (Friday, April 07, 2017)
    'Beatitudes' Album Featuring Industry-Leading Artists Releases April 21
    (Friday, February 10, 2017)
    Laura Story's 'Open Hands' To Release March 3
    (Friday, February 03, 2017)
    Casting Crowns Surpasses 10 Million Career Album Sales
    (Friday, August 19, 2016)
    Matt Maher Honored with BMI Songwriter of the Year Award
    (Thursday, June 23, 2016)
    Matt Maher Debuts Live Video Recording Of 'Abide With Me'
    (Thursday, June 16, 2016)
    Chris Tomlin's Worship Night In America Events Return This Summer
    (Wednesday, June 08, 2016)
    K-LOVE Fan Awards Nominees Announced
    (Tuesday, May 10, 2016)
    Matt Maher Announces Spring Dates For His "Saints And Sinners" Tour With Special Guest John Tibbs
    (Thursday, March 17, 2016)
    Faith-Based Community Contributes to Devotional for Pope Francis' "Wake Up!" Album
    (Monday, February 08, 2016)
    Matt Maher Nominated For Three GRAMMY Awards
    (Tuesday, December 08, 2015)
    TobyMac, Matt Maher, Israel Houghton Lead Grammy Nominations
    (Monday, December 07, 2015)
    Year 4 Of the We Love Christian Music Awards Is Most Diverse Yet
    (Friday, December 04, 2015)
    Matt Maher Shares Thoughts on The Pope at Dove Awards
    (Wednesday, October 14, 2015)
    Jesus Culture's Chris Quilala And Wife Welcome New Baby
    (Saturday, September 19, 2015)
    MercyMe, KB, Matt Maher and More Added to 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards Lineup
    (Tuesday, September 15, 2015)
    KJ-52 Turns 40
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    for KING & COUNTRY Returns To The Ryman
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    Jamie-Grace Creates Medley of Her Tourmates
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    LIVE VIDEO: I Am They Covers Songs From Multiple Roadshow Artists
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    Chris August Releases Lyric Video for "Drop Your Stone"
    (Tuesday, April 21, 2015)
    Lauren Daigle Performs in Hometown for the First Time
    (Tuesday, April 14, 2015)
    Jimmy Needham Release Behind the Scenes Videos for Upcoming Album
    (Wednesday, March 18, 2015)
    Jamie Grace and Group 1 Crew's Sarah Sandoz Cover Hillsong
    (Wednesday, March 04, 2015)
    Plumb Reveals Exhale Album Cover
    (Monday, March 02, 2015)
    Matt Maher Schedules Album Release For St. Patrick's Day
    (Friday, January 23, 2015)
    The 7th Annual Rock & Worship Roadshow Announces Official Tour Dates
    (Wednesday, November 12, 2014)
    MercyMe to Headline Roadshow 2015
    (Monday, September 29, 2014)
    The 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards' Nominees Announced Today
    (Wednesday, August 13, 2014)
    TobyMac Announces Tour with Matt Maher and Ryan Stevenson
    (Monday, July 21, 2014)
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    Sometimes in order to move forward, you have to look back and remember where you've been. It was in that spirit that Matt Maher birthed his latest album, Saints and Sinners (Essential/Sony).

    The garage-turned-studio behind Maher's home became a haven of reflection as he tirelessly transformed it into a creative songwriting space. "Every day, I'd go out there and dream a bit and ask, 'God, what do you want to build here?'" Maher recalls. "I thought a lot about the nature of what it means to build something, and I didn't have a clear sense of where I was headed. I found myself in a place of unknowing," Maher says. "So I naturally started gravitating toward writings and quotes from people having experienced the tension between certainty and mystery." He began saving these prayers, quotes and excerpts while also studying prophetic voices who significantly impacted the history of the church - believers who wrestled with matters of faith, who challenged the status quo and left marked legacies.

    Amidst creativity unfolding, the record-making process began, unbeknownst to Maher, when he stepped into the studio to record a song based on the timeless Bill Gaither hymn "Because He Lives." Initially, he was recording the song for a one-off compilation project, but Maher's label heard the demo and immediately deemed it his next radio single. "All of a sudden, it was like, 'You're making a record,' and what's funny is my first response was, 'But I don't have any songs,'" he recalls. "The more I thought about it, I realized I had already begun the writing process for all these songs, based on all these people I had been studying. I just wasn't aware of how beautifully it was starting to come together." "Because He Lives (Amen)" became the catalyst to initiate an entire chain of songwriting sessions based on a short list of difference makers.

    Maher brought together a host of talented songwriters among who were Thad Cockrell (Leagues), Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Bo and Bear Rinehart (NEEDTOBREATHE), Jason Ingram and several others for the project.

    With songs loosely crafted and ready for the studio, Maher collaborated with longtime friend and producer Paul Moak  (Third Day, Mat Kearney) to bring to life the themes of unity and the struggle of living in the "in-between." This duality was not only explored lyrically but also sonically as the two men creatively experimented in-studio on "Saints and Sinners."

    "We were looking at the idea of the tension between the saint and the sinner - of looking at two contrasting things, and incorporating that into the production of the music. For example, you take an imperfect being, who generates analog sound waves, and they get recorded into a computer that turns them into digital information. You can create so much within a computer that there is a fine line of tension between it sounding perfect versus human, so we tried to arrive at a reconciliation between the two," Maher explains.

    The lives and work of other influencers became the blueprint for additional cuts, like the album's driving first track, "Future Not My Own," which is based on a prayer inspired by martyr Oscar Romero. "This prayer really brings to light that we're announcing a kingdom that's here, that's coming, and that's being built, that we won't see the finish of. That's a huge aspect of being a part of the Church, the body of Christ."

    Maher is an outspoken champion of unity and collaboration, not just amongst Christians on a level of faith but also on a civic level," he says. Perhaps the most outspoken example of this desire is the gospel-tinged "Sons and Daughters." Although the song was written before the Ferguson incident made headlines, the timely track is an ode to Martin Luther King, Jr., and Maher's attempt to speak into racial reconciliation. "God used the church in the '60s to inspire a nation for healing. Most people don't think about the fact that a lot of people in the civil rights movement initially were pastors. Faith was the thing that motivated people toward eradicating injustice," he says. "Sons and Daughters" is a special song, and I hope it will play a part in inspiring more Christian leaders toward re-engagement in the issue of civil rights."

    "Firelight" is inspired by the ministry of Mother Teresa. Maher's inspiration for the idea of a firelight comes from her saying, "If I ever become a saint - I will surely be one of 'darkness. I will continually be absent from heaven - to light the light of those in darkness on earth."

    "Everything Is Grace" is based on a quote by St. Therese of Lisieux out of "Her Last Conversations" that reads, "Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our father's love - difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul's miseries, her burdens, her needs - everything, because through them, she learns humility, realizes her weakness. Everything is a grace because everything is God's gift. Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events - to the heart that loves, all is well."

    "Rest" sets Psalm 23 to music and features the vocal harmonies of The Vespers. This song, in particular, came at a time when Maher's grandmother's health was failing, and the acoustic-driven track proved to be a source of encouragement for his family.

    Since his 2008 major label debut, Maher has become a staple in the artistic and songwriting community. A five time-GRAMMY® nominee, he has garnered multiple radio successes writing and recording songs like "Lord, I Need You," "Hold Us Together," "Christ Is Risen," "All The People Said Amen" and "Your Grace Is Enough." Maher has penned songs recorded by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Third Day, Matt Redman, Hillsong, Passion and Meredith Andrews, among others. Maher continues to perform and speak as a part of global high-profile events, including the upcoming World Meeting of Families, marking Pope Francis' first visit to the US this year. In 2013, Maher performed on stage with Pope Francis in front of more than 3 million people at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. Maher and his team are already in the planning stages of participating in World Youth Day 2016 taking place in the summer of 2016 in Krakow, Poland.

    Maher has found that while we all come from different backgrounds, amass a range of experiences and even harbor conflicting opinions, the one thing that always binds us together is our humanity. "It's the sinful side of me that helps me identify with other broken people and not see myself as better. Christianity doesn't make me better than anybody else," he contends. "The process of being transformed is sometimes a really messy process. When you can remember how far off you were when God found you, your own conversion stands as a testimony to God and mercy, but it also gives you a way to relate to other people." After all, we were created by a loving God who designed us for a greater purpose. We are each on the pilgrimage of searching out that purpose, being transformed, saints and sinners.

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    Adoration | Posted February 18, 2013
    I have been a huge fan of Matt Maher ever since my freshmen year at Oakland Catholic High School (Matt Maher is Catholic for those who are unaware). His music has become commonplace at our Masses and in our Religion classrooms but his greatest impact in my life was at a weekend retreat. We went into a chapel at the retreat center to have 3 hours (yes that is a 3)of Eucharistic Adoration. One of the teachers played music on his guitar during it. When he started to play Adoration by Matt Maher I sobbed my eyes out. I was so overcome by emotion it was amazing. Thanks Matt You Rock

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    Awesome Entertainer | Posted November 08, 2011
    I really like his music.

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