Right from an early age, French singer, songwriter, worship leader and mainstream crossover artist, Matt Marvane has found himself immersed in two cultures.
On one side has been faith. The son of a pastor, Matt grew up in church. Age twenty he travelled to England for a two year theology course, before returning home to pursue the sense of calling to lead people in worship. Matt has been a pastor for more than 10 years now.
Music has been the other force. At 6 he was playing the piano, studied music until 20, created a gospel choir at 17 in his home church, formed JTM Band in 2004 with friends and they did 4 albums, toured across Europe and Canada.
Fusing Hammond and Rhodes, nodding to John Mayer, Stevie Wonder and James Morrison, Matt’s music has grown steadily richer across the two solo albums. His 2013’s solo album – ‘Un Coin de Paradis’ (‘A Corner of Paradise’) – resulted in Matt being approached and signed by a mainstream French label, and opened doors for him to play in an array of secular venues, on national radio and tv.
“I never thought I was going to do music in the secular world,” he said around the release of his 2015 solo album ‘Noirs et Blancs’ (‘Black and White’) which won ‘Album of the Year’ at the Angels Music Awards in France. “It was a big challenge for someone who just wrote worship songs. But I've been blessed to see new connections with people who are not attending church on Sundays, for my music to give them love, joy and hope.”
Matt’s voice within the Church has grown at the same time as his mainstream career. Out of a desire to help and equip people involved in worship ministry, Matt started “Louange Collective” in 2011, to help churches find their own identity and develop their potential. 2014 brought the release of his single ‘Heavenly Father’ – featuring Paul Baloche – which played a key role in Matt signing with Integrity Europe in March 2015.
Today, in 2017, Matt released a third solo album with INTEGRITY MUSIC, ‘Resistance’. The songs are the result of efforts by Matt and his wife Sarah to encourage unity in the church throughout Europe. By bringing all believers in Jesus Christ together to worship and pray, with a focus on their cities and countries, Matt believes that real change can be made: “I think it's a season where the Church needs to stand firm and make no compromise. The world is shaking in many different ways but Church needs to believe and live dependent on the solid grace of God to shine more and more.”