The light and passionate sounds of Matt Redman are even more endearing when you know that he writes his own material, something that few pop artists really do. Taking the CCM market by surprise with The Friendship & the Fear in 1998, he revealed himself to be a good singer as well as a thought-provoking songwriter. The next year he released The Father's Song, another successful blend of praise & worship with contemporary pop. But after that he took a few years to mull over his material, eventually returning in 2002 with the more personal Where Angels Fear to Tread. The live album Facedown appeared in June 2004 and the studio full-length Beautiful News followed in late 2006. We Shall Not Be Shaken arrived in 2009, followed by the chart-topping live recording 10,000 Reasons in 2011. In 2013, Redman issued Your Grace Finds Me, a new collection of songs recorded live in front of 1,500 LIFT Worship Leader Collective members in Atlanta. Redman struck a middle ground between recording a live album and a studio set with 2015's Unbroken Praise, which was recorded at EMI's legendary Abbey Road Studios with an audience of fans and fellow Christians in attendance. With 2016's These Christmas Lights, Redman delivered his first seasonal album, featuring songs celebrating the birth of the Savior. ~ Bradley Torreano
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