10 Dove Awards and 2 Grammy Awards
Matt Redman is a British worship leader and Christian song writer. His songs that have been popular earlier include Heart of Worship, Let Everything That Has Breath, and Better Is One Day. Have been working for Sixsteprecords that associated with Passion Conference together with Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman had already won Dove Awards for 10 times and 2 times on Grammy Awards.
Most recently, the song that brought him to win Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song category is 10,000 reasons from his album with the same title that released on July 21st, 2011. The album is also peaked on the US Christian Album chart at number 1 and number 149 on the UK charts. The composer for this album are including Jonas Myrin, Matt Maher, Jesse Reeves, Tim Wanstall, Jason Ingram, his partner from Sixsteprecords Chris Tomlin, and Matt Redman himself.
Honestly this is the first time we’ve ever listened to Redman’s full album and we are so blessed by this album. This album is listing only 11 songs, and mostly they are worship songs.
- We Are the Free
- Here for You
- 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord) - Our Cover
- Never Once
- Where Would We Be
- We Could Change the World
- O This God
- Endless Hallelujah
It is a truly Worship Song
This is my first time listening to the whole album of Matt Reddman. First time I listen to it? Music wise, I think it has a lot of familiarity with what Hillsong’s music has, but in terms of lyrical, I think it has a great depth of meaning.
For me, this album is a definitely worship album that focus solely on worshipping God. It has a simple arrangement but unique note on each album. We are the Free shakes your head up a lil bit, and as an opening songs, this one is quite good. A christian rock genre is up next on Here for You, and although it is a worship song, I can still feel the energy coming out through this song.
I love 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord), I really love the song although it only has a simple music arrangement. When I listened to it the first time, it automatically recorded inside my head and instantly a favorite for me in this album.
Never Once might be the next most song sings in the church after 10,000 reasons. Again, it has a great lyric and energy although it only use a simple music arrangement. Another prove is in the We Could Change the World, while it is one of the least praise song in this album, the band doesn't add too much arrangement in the song; but rest assured, if you are a lyric person, you might love this song as well.
As a closing, Endless Hallelujah close the album in a typical worship album. A soft and smooth music arrangement seems like closing a prayer.
Well, I have to admit that this is also my first time listening to Redman's full album, just as Abraham. One unique thing about this album is the songs listing order. I thought that they just placed the songs randomly, it's like one praise song was played between worship songs then suddenly praise is rising again and then just cooling down to worship again. But then I realized that, it isn't the beat of the songs that matter, but most importantly the intensity of glorifying Jesus has to stay equal, not depend on the mood that music can make.
I think Redman’s song writing style is being focused on the lyrics, not on the music or the band. If we listen to Redman’s album, we can’t expect the splendid music arrangement or some superb technique of musical skill that often showed off in some Christian concerts. But the thing that amazes me is that a very simple song can be a great song that blesses many people around the world. 10,000 reasons is a vivid sample of something very simple can make our heart overwhelmed by desire to worship God like never before. This album was recorded in live version, so Redman brought the energy of the entire worshipers that sing this song together in one voice. The audience sang and shouted naturally in this song, makes us feel like we are in a same room with the mass.
Besides 10,000 reasons, I also loves Fires, a song right after 10,000 reasons. Don't get me wrong, I like this song just because basically I like up-beat songs better than ballad songs. This song is actually middle up-beat song, but it's so beautiful and match perfectly with the lyrics.
Endless Hallelujah was listed as the last song which makes a perfect ending of the album. This song brings the message that although the album is ended, we will sing endlessly to our King.
Recommended Songs for you
- 10,000 Reasons
- Never Once
- 10,000 Reasons
This is a definitely worship album. If you’re looking for an album that you want to use to help you building your relationship with God, you have to buy this album. Afterall, it successfully wins two Grammy Awards. And well lots of Dove Awards.
All of Redman's songs are just like poetry, we can be blessed just by the lyrics even without the music. So this album is meant exclusively for all the people who like beautiful words instead of magnificent music gig.