Matt Redman started leading worship as a teenager at St.Andrews church in Chorleywood, England. At age 15, he joined pastor Mike Pilavachi as he started a new church called Soul Survivor. Matt was the worship leader and inspired an annual worship festival for youth, which started in 1993. That year, he also released his first worship album in the UK called Wake Up My Soul.
He began leading worship full-time the next year at the age of 20. His next UK album was Passion for Your Name (1995) featuring the song “Better is One Day” which would go on to be made famous by Chris Tomlin as the title track to the 1999 Passion album and by Kutless’s 2005 Strong Tower album. Matt Redman’s next album The Friendship and the Fear (1997) was his first US release. That was followed the next year by the album The Heart of Worship. The title track was made famous by Michael W Smith on his 2001 album called Worship.
Matt Redman was becoming well known as a worship songwriter as his next album The Father’s Song (2000) featured “Let My Words Be Few”. That song became the title track for Phillips, Craig and Dean’s 2001 album. His 2002 album Where Angels Fear to Tread featured a song Matt wrote with his wife Beth called “Blessed Be Your Name”. That song became a hit for the band Tree63 in 2004 and was also recorded by the Newsboys later that year.
In 2004 Matt Redman released an live album of mostly new music called Facedown. That was followed by an album of his hits from the same live concert, only enhanced by instrumental and vocal overdubs. It was called Blessed Be Your Name: The Songs of Matt Redman Vol. 1 (2005). That album featured the song “Once Again”. Beautiful News followed that the following year.
In 2008 Matt and his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia to join Chris Tomlin and Pastor Louie Giglio in a new church plant called Passion City Church. Matt appeared on the Passion worship albums. His next solo album was We Shall Not Be Shaken (2009). That was followed by a best-of album called Ultimate Collection (2010). He has now moved back to England and is the worship leader at a church in Brighton.
Even though Matt Redman has been making music for decades and has been well respected as a worship leader, his greatest success is recent. In 2011 he released the album 10,000 Reasons. That album was his first to reach #1 on Billboard’s Christian Album chart. The title track is also featured on his latest album, another best-of called Sing Like Never Before: The Essential Collection (2012).