Matt Redman, a key songwriter for today’s church and active worship leader for Passion conferences around the world, will open his Unbroken Praise Tour at 7 p.m. July 21 at Village Baptist Church in Destin.
Tickets are $20 and on sale at i-tickets.com or at the church.
His early songs include "The Heart of Worship,""You Never Let Go"and "Blessed Be Your Name." Also knownfor his hits "Your Grace Finds Me" and "10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)," Redman is well regarded as a leading worship pastor.
As he strives to be an inspiration in worship settings around the world, Redman continues to provide new songs for congregational worship and mentor new songwriters and worship leaders.
As one of the defining artists of this generation, his songs have been recorded by Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, Rebecca St. James, David Crowder*Band, Israel Houghton, Jeremy Camp, Jesus Culture and Passion, among others.
Based in Brighton, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Redman knew he wanted to do something different for his fourth-live-recorded album. The most recent live recordings were recorded in Atlanta, but he had a different vision for Unbroken Praise, his latest live collection that released with sixstepsrecords on June 16.
“I had the Abbey Road idea because we’ve done a few little things there in the past,” said Redman. “But to record a whole album there is another level and I wondered if it was perhaps a dream too big.”
The historic London recording studio is better known for recording bands like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Cliff Richard, Shirley Bassey, and Queen than it is for hosting nights of worship, but after Redman shared his dream with Louie and Shelley Giglio, label leaders of sixstepsrecords, their team began making phone calls. Soon after, the idea began to take shape.
On recording day, a crowd of 350+ gathered in the Georgian townhouse-turned-studio and worshipped.
“That was an amazing moment,” said Redman. “Partly because it’s an amazing thing to make a record there anyway, but also to have church in that place. To me, that’s even more special."
The theme of the entire album is choosing to worship God for the long haul. Through not only the celebrations, but also the hardships.
“There are quite a few songs about trusting God or walking through the night and still singing a song of praise,” Redman said.
With lyrics that declare the truth of God’s goodness and a subtle, steady stream of hundreds of voices as the backdrop for each song, this album reminds believers that we are in this together, and we are never alone.
Continuing to spread his music and message all around the globe, Redman will bring Unbroken Praise and his other popular worship songs to audiences in the U.S. and abroad throughout the rest of 2015. He will join the Worship Nights in America Tour with Chris Tomlin, where they will play venues like Madison Square Garden and Red Rocks Amphitheater.
But for Redman, it’s all just church. Whether he is leading worship in an arena in America, an amphitheater in another part of the world or a historic recording studio in his home country, he says, “My ultimate aim is to write songs for the church to sing. I don’t really write other kinds of songs. When someone says, ‘Your song helped me say to God what I wanted to say but I didn’t know how,’ that’s what fires me up.”