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Matt Redman has done it again! '10,000 Reasons' topped the US Christian Album Charts when first released in 2011 and has quickly become the must-have album of the decade.
Matt Redman’s 10,000 Reasons gives eleven tracks of soul saturating, heart-lifting, mind restoring, body filling praise, prayer and worship. One listen through and you’ll wonder why it took so long for Matt’s music and lyrics to cross the Atlantic and hit the top of the US Christian Charts – which now, of course, it has!
The album is a landmark in the British contribution to world worship music and a triumphant expression of simple, direct and from-the-heart words of praise. Recorded live with the voices of 1,000 worship leaders and pastor from around the world, the title track – known to many thousands more as ‘Bless The Lord, O My Soul’ is now a roof-lifting standard in churches around the world. But you need to hear the album version to really get what Psalm 103 – origin of the base lyrics for the 10,000 reasons, is all about.
The UK’s first high achieving album in the US Christian Music Charts, this album is a must for any collection. But mainly it’s an album to carry around wherever you go and played and played and played... you might need two.
‘10,000 REASONS (Bless the Lord, O My Soul)’
• Title track and first single released
• The song has quickly become the staple diet of British worship
• Video was recorded in a church in Berlin, where Dietrich Bonhoeffer served as a youth leader
• Highlight of the entire album!
• Powerful lyrics declaring that God never leaves us
• A song to sing at the top of your lungs on the drive home from work
‘HERE FOR YOU’
• This song has clear congregational electricity
• Ideal opener for gathered worship
• Piano ballad with a beautiful melody which seeps wisdom
• Devotional song to wind down after a long day at the office
10000 Reasons by Matt Redman was published by EMI in July 2011 and is our 62nd best seller. The ISBN for 10000 Reasons is 5099996785324.
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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.
“There’s definitely something special about a live album when it comes to worship music. I love the studio thing and the chance to get creative, but there’s a dynamic about the people of God and the presence of God, pouring out the praises of God that I really think is unrivalled on the face the earth outside of the worshiping church.
“There’s something that happens and we felt that when we brought these eleven new songs to the lift conference we felt that explosion go off in people’s hearts as you present these truths before people and watch what happens. It was just my dream scenario, to be able to lead these new songs to maybe 1,000 to 1,100 worship leaders, pastors, singers it was a worship collective.
“You are Holy, Holy, Holy. God most high and God most worthy.
You are Holy, Holy, Holy. Jesus you are, Jesus you are.”
“I don’t really know how many songs we wrote to get to that point, it’s such an interesting process. I just like to write and write and write, getting together with all these different co-writers and people are throwing ideas in and I would think it wouldn’t be probably less than 30 songs that were instigated. Some of them got fully finished but just didn’t rise to the top and some of them were never finished. Some of them got half way and then got transformed into another kind of song, in fact there’s a song called ‘Magnificent’ on the album that was a song called ‘Holy Ground’ to begin with and it just keep changing and changing and changing and we thought of the word magnificent and it’s an interesting process to me.
“You’re continually chiselling away at these themes and you’re trying to see what comes out but the other thing that is interesting is that as you’re writing the theme starts to develop. This time there was some many subjects flying around: the cross, the return of Christ, the resurrection, God’s faithfulness, God’s holiness, his magnificence. With so many themes flying around it didn’t seem like there was one theme tying them together and then the song 10,000 reasons comes.
“Then I thought that’s the theme, this album is about celebrating the many, many, many reasons there are to glorying God and give him praise and the point being that if you ever find yourself a little weary or sleepy or running out of something to say to God there’s something wrong with your spiritual output. There’s always something to say to God.
“Bless the Lord O my soul, O my soul. Worship his holy name.
Sing like never before, O my soul. Worship your holy name.”
“As a Christian songwriter writing worship songs, you’re never going to run out of things to say. There was an old pop producer that use to say there are only 4 you can write: I love you, I hate you, go away and come back. He said that all pop songs are basically about that but when it comes to writing songs about Jesus Christ there’s so many colours and shades to paint in and so many things to say.
“Even the cover art for this album is so explosive, I loved it the moment I saw it. I just loved the design because I thought to myself that’s exactly what I want my songs to sound like and look like. This explosion of all these different colours and themes flying out of our heart.
“When I’m writing these songs I’m thinking that songs can be a classroom in a way they can teach you something about God, revel something, remind something. But songs can also be a chapel, a space where you can devote yourself to God and respond to him. I hope that’s what these new songs do on this album. I hope they really wake people up with the wonder of who God is with some of these grand themes of resurrection and Calvary and creation and the faithfulness of God. But I hope also they them a way to express that devotion.
“Carried by your constant grace. Help within your perfect pace.
Never once, no we never walk alone.
Never once did we ever walk alone.
Never once did you leave us on our own.
You are faithful God you are faithful.”
"As a worship leader, one of the things I really want to do is get people to lift their eyes, look to the big picture and part of that is looking to the internal. Yeah we've got this incredible perspective of eternity for us and we are going to be with Jesus forever and I think sometimes that is a really important message to put into people's hearts and to just to so that, the hope of eternity into them as they are gathering as a church here. And so this song 'Endless Hallelujah' that’s really what it is all about.
"So the song started with a hymn, some lyrics from a guy called Robert in the year 1837. He wrote this poem which turned into a hymn when his passing word was done. And just some fantastic truths about the heavenly perspective that we have as Christians and so we took some of these lyrics, adapted some, wrote some more lyrics, originally the tune for this song was a guy called Tim, Chris Tomlin jumped in and he kind of contented with some of this lyrics, trying to shape them for most, my fine Jones Moraine jumped in and we wrote a chorus and a bridge. So I love the teamwork factor, I love this songs where you think there is no way ever I would have got to this place on my own. I would have sat in a room, drive myself crazy but I think, yes the kingdom of God thing, not many things were meant to be done just on your own, I don’t think that’s how he has designed their lives. It is a great - God loves teamwork and I love that thing and you don’t have to be in the same room.
"Sometimes that is fantastic but this one was Tim Wansdow was in the UK, Jones is a Swedish guy who is jumping about all over this world, Me and Chris were sitting in Atlanta Georgia and then we’ve got these guys in the grave, you know he is in heaven Robert McClain and we’ve taken this lyrics and this fantastic kind of collaboration happening, I love that, I really love that. And I hope this song brings some hope to people. Sometimes we just don’t see past our everyday and so every day is like we are facing this problem or there is this trial or this thing and so can’t just see past that stuff and Jesus wants us to lift our eyes to this big picture he is giving us and it is amazing how free it is when you do that."
"The song 10,000 reasons is the title track of the album, is probably one of the fastest songs I’ve ever been part of writing, and I think in all honesty it might have been under an hour. My fried Jonas kept saying to me, 'Hey, I’ve got this melody.' But at the time I was just caught up in these other songs, trying to finish a few things for the album with all these other ideas I was just trying to get into and I kept saying, 'I just don’t want to here it, I’ve got too much going on.' But one moment in a quiet spot, I just said to him 'Hey, play me that melody."
"As soon as he played me the melody, the lyrics started to flow. I was thinking about Psalm 103: ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, all that’s within me bless his holy name.’ I had my guitar and I started to sing out a verse - and we've still got the initial recording, you listen back it’s probably about two thirds of the verse lyrics came out in that moment. So it’s a really, really special moment. Sometimes songs take so long to write - I don’t think that’s a bad thing I think it’s good to work hard. It’s kind of you’re learning your craft and how to shape things, and how to polish things, and mould things. But now and again it’s kind of beautiful when something just drops I our lap and you can just feel your spirit singing it out.
"I love the psalmist you know, I guess that’s what happened when he wrote that song, psalm 103, and he’s just pouring out the reasons; praising God because he’s healing diseases, he crowns you with love and compassion, he’s redeemed your life from the pit and he just goes on and on about the rule and the reign of God, and you just can’t shut him up, really. And isn't this how the life of worship’s going to be? We’re meant to be so conscious of the reasons we’re going to praise God. And if you wake up one day and you can’t think of a reason to thank him, or bring an offering of some kind, then there’s something wrong with your spiritual outlook. Our lives are absolutely full of his glory and his goodness.
"The revelation of God is just flying at us from every angle and every moment. And that’s what the song says, you know? It says: for all your goodness I will just keep on singing all your goodness my heart to find."
And we led this song at Leaf, wow, it was just wonderful. It’s just so simple, ’everyone grabbed onto it so quickly. Again, a sense that you’re not making anything happen, you’re helping pull out of them all that’s in there. The Holy Spirit stirred them up to love God and all that he’s done for them. So sometimes you put the right song in there and you give people a way of speaking it - you give them a chance to explode in praise. And that’s what happened when we sang this.
We had the simplest set up on stage, just a mandolin, me on acoustic, a piano and a little kick drum. But it was just incredible. It was almost like the main instrumentation of the song was these thousand voices of these worship leaders and pastors in the room. It was just wonderful.”
"10 000 Reasons is the product of Matt’s enthusiasm for worship, his willingness to work with others to resource the Church, and his recognition that God should be central to our lives - we have unlimited causes to praise Him." - Peter Harrison, Christian.co.uk
“Brit-rock style praise and worship and every single song could be added to your Sunday morning worship set.” – News Release Tuesday.
“Play the album till the end because this album finishes on an amazing high with the piano led Endless Hallelujah starting off as a simple love song to God, before bursting into life with passion and velocity.” - Louder Than the Music.
“Sincere and honest lyrics, unquestionable passion… an authenticity that plugs you right into the Throne Room, exquisite musicianship.” - Christian Music.
With towering, Coldplay-like choruses and reverent ballads, there's an equal emphasis on congregational singing and personal musings, affirming his consistency and connectivity…” – Christianity Today.
On Tuesday 12th July 2011, Matt Redman released his 8th album, 10,000 Reasons. The album was declared to be the top album of 2011 by Worship Leaders Magazine. Awards and sales aside, the true worth of a songwriter is whether the church uses their songs in worship. Walk into a church and will you here a Redman melody?
Here is a song-by-song break down of the album, with a specific focus on congregational suitability.
1. We Are The Free – based around Matthew 3:11, 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 2:20 (written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin)
This song was a big success at ‘Big Church Day Out’. It’s a guitar driven, jump-up-and-down worship song. The chorus declares us free, and points to one who freed us – “We are the free, the freedom generation / Singing of mercy / You are the One who set us all in motion / Yours is the glory”. Probably not your first choice for a Sunday morning, but could become popular at festivals and youth camps.
2. Here For You – based around Psalm 33:1, Psalm 145:19, & Matthew 3:11 (writing by Matt Maher, Matt Redman, Tim Wanstall and Jesse Reeves)
This was released as the title track. Slower-paced but equally energetic, this song has clear congregational electricity. The lyrics welcome God into our presence – “We welcome you with praise / We welcome you with praise / Almighty God of love / Be welcome in this place”. My churches worship band has introduced this to our church. It sets the congregation on fire, a truly anointed song as an powerful opener to gathered worship.
3. Holy – based around Exodus 3:5-14, 2 Timothy 4:1 and Revelation 1:16 (written by Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin and Jason Ingram)
“What heart could hold the weight of Your love? / And know the heights of Your great worth? / What eyes could look on Your glorious face / Shining like the sun?” Verse 1 asks some thoughtful questions, verse 2 then answers them, and verse 3 reflects poetically at the second coming. Again, our church has adopted this song. The words engage your mind and soul, you can really shout out your praise in chorus, then rest in the stillness of the poetic verses.
4. 10,000 Reasons – based around Psalm 30:4 & Psalm 103:1 (written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin)
This song became the theme for the whole album, and pivotal . Definitely the stand-out track on the album, it reminds the singer we have 10,000 reasons to worship his holy name. Another song that my church has embraced, I can’t imagine the next 10 years without it!
5. Fires – based around Psalm 23:4, Matthew 3:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:19 and Luke 3:16 (written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin)
This song has an enthusiastic feel running from verse and into a singable chorus. Fires is a song to clap along too. The words are a prayer for God to fill our hearts with passionate fire to serve him. I think this track could be used as cheery background music, perhaps a potential song for a choir to arrange and perform.
6. Never Once – based on Psalm 23:4, Proverbs 6:22, Isaiah 40:31, and Deuteronomy 7:9 (written by Matt Redman, Jason Ingram, and Tim Wanstall)
Released as the first single from the album, this track is the highlight of the album! Full of encouragement, ‘Never Once’ is a song that comforts and reminds the singer of God’s faithfulness. A powerful and moving ballad with simple lyrics and an easy melody. Every church should have a listen and consider it for their worship times – the chorus is a belter: “Never once did we ever walk alone / Never once did you leave us on our own / You are faithful, God you are faithful.”
7. Where Would We Be – based around John 8:12, 2 Corinthians 4:6, 1 Peter 2:9 and Luke 19:10 (written by Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin and Jason Ingram)
The title gives it away – ‘Where Would We Be’. Theologically rich, this song asks questions making us remember our salvation is a beautiful gift. “Where would we be without Your love? / We’d still be lost in darkness / Where would we be without Your cross? / You made a way to save us.”
8. We Could Change The World – based on 1 Corinthians 1:25, 2 Corinthians 9:14 and Mark 12:30 (written by Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin and Jason Ingram)
Re-energising the album, this song kicks up the beat and kicks us into action. Thoroughly practical, the words open the mind of the singer to the potential of God’s love to change our world and challenge us to get involved. “… Could we live like this? / Yes, our God is / Our God is / All He says He is / Jesus in Your name we could change the world.” This song would fit into an outward looking churches worship that wants to rally the congregation to action.
9. Magnificent – based around Isaiah 28:29 and Revelation 4: (written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin)
A word barely used in worship – ‘Magnificent’ – this song is a simple song of praise. No frills or complicated chords and rhythms, just powerful words to sing together – Magnificent, you are alone are holy / No one else as glorious as you / Magnificent, Jesus you are worthy / How could shine as brightly as you do? A great, singable and playable worship song.
10. O This God – based around Psalm 24:8, Philippians 2:15, Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 2:5 and Psalm 119:105 (written by Matt Redman and Jonas Myrin)
With a U2 flavour, ‘O This God’ includes a guitar solo and drum break. Cut them out (or leave them in if you want) and it’s a powerful worship song. “Leave the old behind, it will not define us, no / Yesterday is gone, anything is possible / O this God, is our God, even ’till the end / Standing strong over us time and time again, even ’till the end.” The words express a desire to shine for God, no matter wants going on. It’s a good song to get people excited and send them out with passion.
11. Endless Hallelujah – based around Revelation 21:4, Revelation 19 and Revelation 7:17 (written by Matt Redman, Jonas Myrin, Tim Wanstall and Chris Tomlin)
The final track is a piano, strings and vocals trio. A classic ballad much like ‘I Can Only Imagine’ and ‘The Heart of Worship’. The song centre’s on Jesus’ return and us going to be with Him. “No more tears or broken dreams / Forgotten is the minor key / Ev’rything as it was meant to be.” Although you might not immediately think this is church worship material, after the 2nd or 3rd listen it begins to grow on you. Possibly the most worshipful, powerful, and congregational ready track on the album.
Matt Redman doesn’t just write songs for himself, he’s happy to share his talents with other artists looking for the words to express what they want to say. Phillips, Graig and Dean, Rebecca St James, Michael W.Smith, Sonic Flood and of course Passion are just a few of the Christian musicians who have collaborated with Matt to great effect within the Church. It’s within the Church – that is God’s worshipping people, that Matt’s songs and music have their effect. Whether it’s on the personal CD or i-players of individuals or in massive arena-scale worship events, Matt’s lyrics bring out the heart and soul of that worship.
10,000 Reasons is another collection of Matt Redman’s music destined to have that same effect. Almost a year since the album topped the US Christian Music Charts, just about every song is now well known, well sung and well copied by church congregations of every denomination, aspiring worship bands and leaders, and secretive singers in showers, traffic jams and kitchens across the country. And, of course, across the Atlantic since the Redmans (don’t forget Matt’s wife, Beth is an accomplished writer and pastor with a unique ministry in her own right) added their talent – with that of fellow musician and worship leader, Chris Tomlin, to Louis Giglio’s Passion City Church, Atlanta, USA.
There can be no doubt that where these songs come from that drives where they’re going. Songs that come from nowhere quite literally have no where to go. So songs that come from God – whether by direct inspiration, through scripture or by personal experience, are ultimately going back there eventually. The best, most spirit-inspired songs just happen to take the most indirect rout to get there – through the hearts of several thousand of God’s people who make the connection between the music and its source. Matt isn’t slow to make the connection himself. Watch the videos on this page, read what he says about how the ‘big songs’ came to be written and you’ll be struck by how he takes none of the glory for himself.
For Matt, the songs - the music, the lyrics, the performing, isn’t what it’s all about. It’s all very much a response. Sometimes he tells the background story to another of his most successful (success as measured by its impact on the Church) ‘The Heart of Worship’. The song was born in a barren time at his home church when the only answer seemed to be to get rid of the church’s band and sound system, and go back to something much more simple. The music faded and, as in the lyrics, the church got back to the heart of worship. The songs came to Matt quickly as his personal response to what the experience taught him about worship.
In many ways, 10 000 Reasons, with its strong scriptural foundation and personal responsiveness, continues in the direction taken with ‘Heart of Worship’, released on his 1999 album of the same name. And, like that track the songs on this newer album will find their way back the heart of that worship through the heart’s and minds of God’s people on both sides of the Atlantic and around the world. - Les Ellison.
1. We Are The Free: Matthew 3:11, 2 Corinthians 5:17 and Galatians 2:20
2. Here For You: Psalm 33:1, Psalm 145:19, & Matthew 3:11
3. Holy: Exodus 3:5-14, 2 Timothy 4:1 and Revelation 1:16,
4. 10,000 Reasons: Psalm 30:4 & Psalm 103:1,
5. Fires: Psalm 23:4, Matthew 3:11, 1 Thessalonians 5:19 and Luke 3:16,
6. Never Once: Psalm 23:4, Proverbs 6:22, Isaiah 40:31, and Deuteronomy 7:9
7. Where Would We Be: John 8:12, 2 Corinthians 4:6, 1 Peter 2:9 and Luke 19:10,
8. We Could Change The World: 1 Corinthians 1:25, 2 Corinthians 9:14 and Mark 12:30.
9. Magnificent: Isaiah 28:29 and Revelation 4:8,
10. O This God: Psalm 24:8, Philippians 2:15, Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 2:5 and Psalm 119:105.
11. Endless Hallelujah: Revelation 21:4, Revelation 19 and Revelation 7:17.
|Page last updated||17th November 2013|
|Author / Artist||Matt Redman|
|Publisher||EMI (July 2011)|