Matt Redman returns with his new album 10,000 Reasons. As the writer of many of the most-sung worship songs including “Blessed Be the Name”, “The Heart of Worship”, “You Never Let Go”, and “Better is One Day”, Matt’s songs are sung by millions of people every Sunday. Matt has a unique ability to craft songs that teach deeply spiritual truths and remind us God’s steadfastness. His new album 10,000 Reasons features 11 all-new songs and was recorded live with 1,000 worship leaders earlier this year. The first single “Never Once” speaks of God’s faithfulness in our lives as he is always with us, and never abandons us. As part of the sixstepsrecords family, Matt has been involved in leading at the Passion Conferences for years, most recently at Passion Atlanta with over 22,000 students. Along with Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill, Matt was one of the founding members of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Matt Redman [10,000 Reasons]| Posted July 08, 2011
Matt Redman may be the premier songwriter in Christian music over the past fifteen years as the writer of worship classics "The Heart of Worship," "Better Is One Day," "Blessed Be Your Name," "You Never Let Go" and most recently “Our God,” which he co-wrote with Chris Tomlin for the Passion: Awakening collection and many more modern worship anthems sung by tens of millions every week in worship services around the world. Matt’s hit song "Shine" was part of the Passion: God Of This City album and “Here For You” is the opening track from Passion: Here For You. My favorite story about Matt Redman, a native of England, is that in response to his church having too much focus on music his pastor suggested they take a break from singing which led to his writing "The Heart of Worship." The lyrics "I'm coming back to the heart of worship, it's all about You" sums up Matt's ministry and focus on vertical worship. His sincere singing and songwriting style and biblical inspired lyrics have made me a huge fan of Matt Redman.
10,000 Reasons sticks to the style that fans have come to admire and respect about Matt, starting off with a great up-tempo song with Matt and a live audience singing “We Are The Free,” which has a great energy and reminds me of “Freedom Is Here” by Hillsong UNITED both in upbeat music and celebratory message. “Here For You” was also recently recorded by Chris Tomlin on the most recent Passion: Here For You collection and it’s a wonderful congregational song with the hooky and worshipful chorus: “To You our hearts are open, Nothing here is hidden, You are our one desire, You alone are holy, Only You are worthy, God let Your fire fall down.” Matt is truly a gifted songwriter similar to fellow British worship artists Tim Hughes and Martin Smith of Delirious.
Some other stand-out moments on this very catchy album are the amazing songs "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" and first single "Never Once." “10,000 Reasons” really excites me as a worshipper and musically is my favorite song on this great album, the most complete album by Redman in my opinion. I would love to sing this song with fellow believers as the song has great energy and reminds me of “I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever” by Delirious as Matt and the congregation declares in unity, “Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, Oh my soul worship His Holy Name, Sing like never before, Oh my soul, I’ll worship Your Holy Name.” "Never Once" is a great worship anthem and a surefire hit song. It has a Brit-rock musical feel and one of the catchiest lyrical hooks I’ve ever heard. The chorus has Matt belting out, “Never once did we ever walk alone, never once did You leave us on our own, You are faithful, God You are faithful.” Amen to that! One of Matt’s strengths is the strong biblical truth of his songs, and he prays and calls upon our King Jesus in every single song. There is absolutely no doubt Who these songs are about.
I've been collecting Matt Redman’s albums since 1999's The Heart Of Worship and he is my favorite overall worship leader in all of Christian music. For me, the stand-out songs that you’ll want to start singing at your church are “We Are The Free," "Here For You," "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)" and first single "Never Once," which are my favorite songs on the album. If you like Hillsong LIVE, Chris Tomlin and Tim Hughes then you must get 10,000 Reasons which is one of the best worship albums of the year and the best overall album by Matt Redman in my opinion. Matt enthusiastically sings Brit-rock style praise and worship and every single song could be added to your Sunday morning worship set.
my first review| Posted September 19, 2012
This Album is the first Album i luistened to from Matt my first impression is most of the songs are honest True and I can relate to all of them he comes from what seems like a very grounded Beginning You should goto his website and listen also to his reasons for calling it 10,000 reasons i really like the whole Album and Have reccomnded to friends already . And I now suggest it to all who read this nowe All the Songs Are Thought provoking and enjoyable
Matt Redman: "10,000 Reasons" Review| Posted July 12, 2011
If you visit just about any church, you will most likely be sining along to tunes written by Matt Redman. The prolific worship leader and Grammy® nominated songwriter has been producing music for the church for the past 15 years, with the songs "Blessed Be Your Name", "The Heart of Worship", "Better Is One Day" and "You Never Let Go" being among his most well-known material. Earlier this year, Matt Redman returned from his home in the UK to Atlanta, Georgia to record his new album 10,000 Reasonslive at LIFT: A Worship Leader Collective, a large gathering of worship leaders. This new live worship project offers a powerful reminder of God's faithfulness, and how He is worthy of our praise.
10,000 Reasons opens up strongly with "We Are The Free", a passionate, upbeat anthem that speaks of the freedom we've found in knowing Jesus. "Here For You", a song that made its initial appearance on the latest Passion album, is a slower worship anthem based on Mark 9:37 that speaks of welcoming God into our presence. The highlight of this song is definetley the catchy and worshipful chorus, "To You our hearts are open/Nothing here is hidden/You are our one desire/You alone are holy/Only You are worthy/God, let Your fire fall down." The live electricity of this song is phenomenal, as the congregation can be heard worshiping along.
"Holy" leans on the slower side of things, opening with a beautiful piano line before building up into a passionate worship anthem. Co-written by Jason Ingram, the lyrics wonderfully describe Jesus' beauty and holiness and the fact that he is like no other God. Lyrically, the title track "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord" is truly amazing. Inspired by Psalm 103, it speaks of how there are 10,000 reasons for our soul to bless the Lord, which is the basis for the theme of the album.“Bless the Lord, Oh my soul, Oh my soul worship His Holy Name, Sing like never before, Oh my soul, I’ll worship Your Holy Name.” In my opinion this song is, without a doubt, the standout off the album.
"Fires" is an energetic track that has the congregation enthusiastically clapping along, as it is a prayer that God would fill our heart with a passionate desire to serve Him. The first single "Never Once" is another highlight from the album, as it speaks of God's faithfulness, and offers a comforting reminder that he will never leave us or forsake us. The powerful chorus has Matt belting out, "Never once did we ever walk alone/Never once did you leave us on our own/You are faithful, God You are faithful."
Opening with pounding drums, "Where Would We Be" reminds the listener that we would be nowhere without the amazing love of Jesus, and how His love has rescued us from the darkness of the world. "We Could Change The World" kicks up the upbeat energy again, talking about how the world could be changed through the powerful love of God. The title of the song may be a little cliché, but the captivating message and anthemic vibe reconcile this fact.
"Magnificent", featuring piercing lead guitar and techno keyboard effects, is a simple song of praise and awe towards God's magnificence. The upbeat "Oh This God" speaks of a deep desire to shine for God, and how he will reign until the very end of time. It was also lovely to hear a seemingly U2 influenced guitar solo near the end of the song.10,000 Reasons closes out with "Endless Hallelujah", a beautiful song that speaks of the hope of eternal life with Jesus. Comprised of beautiful piano and deep strings in the background, this song closes the album on the perfect note.
Matt Redman's 10,000 Reasons project is a fantastic live worship album that wonderfully displays his pure talent as a singer/songwriter and worship leader. Each song off the album is filled with joy and hope, and they really excite and inspire me to worship God. Unlike other worship leaders, Matt possesses this rare ability to keep his material original and imaginative, which is a testament to why he is so popular. Every single song from this album could easily be added to your Sunday morning set list. If you're a fan of Chris Tomlin, Tim Hughes, Hillsong LIVE and Delirious you should not hesitate to pick up this album, which is by far the #1 worship album of 2011!