For singer/songwriter/worship leader Matt Maher, there is nothing more special about his call than anyone elses, and like those before him, he is trying to live that same call, as his 12-track Essential Records debut albums title says, to be made 'Empty & Beautiful'.
Maher breaks open these two simple words on the project, in songs that are both corporate and reflective; driving and soft; each one telling the story from a different perspective.
With an incredible love for Christ, and a heart to reach people with the Gospel, Matt seeks to meet people where they are, not where he wishes they would be. Often referring to himself as a musical missionary, Matt, who also serves as part of the worship team at his home church in Mesa, Arizona, St. Timothy Catholic Community, shares, Its so important to stay in community when you want to write for the Church. That is where your songs come from; from your relationship with Christ, with your immediate family, and the family of believers.
Maher describes the heart behind his album, In life, we end up having to empty ourselves to achieve that which is beautiful. If you dont, you never really get made beautiful. Its a weird dichotomy, especially in the world we live in because theres so much focus on beauty. The whole idea of having to empty ones self to achieve beauty is completely counter cultural, but thats what happensmarriage, service of the poor, sharing the beauty of the gospel.
Thats what Christ calls us to do, and I hope these songs will help inspire people to follow Jesus in that way.
Empty and Beautiful by Matt Maher was published by Essential Records in April 2008 and is our 18803rd best seller. The ISBN for Empty and Beautiful is 083061085728.