Exclusive Interview with Matt Redman
Wisdom Moon, founder of All About Worship, recently had the opportunity to interview worship leader/songwriter, Matt Redman, about worship leading, ministry, and his new album 10,000 Reasons.
Wisdom: Matt, thanks so much for taking the time to share with us today. I've followed your ministry since your album, The Friendship And The Fear. You've been a mentor to me from a distance all these years. I know that people like Mike Pilavachi have been a mentor to you when you started leading worship. How are you currently mentoring young worship leaders?
Matt: One of my favorite ways to get alongside younger worship leaders is to look at the whole songwriting thing together. It's such a great way to hang out anyway - in every song there's a conversation, a bible study and a creative sharpening. Honestly, I get quite a few songs and albums sent to me to listen to and comment on, and I can't really commit to many of those because of how busy life is. But instead there are a few younger writers who I've committed to hanging with now and again, and we'll songwrite and talk about God, life and music. I really enjoy that. Of course the funny thing is I'll end up learning a lot too - because they have a new approach with creative ideas that would have never entered my mind.
Wisdom: Looking back at your experience in worship ministry, if you could share one thing with all the up-and-coming worship leaders in the world, what would it be?
Matt: Approach ministry as a 'team-player'. That might mean co-leading or co-writing, but there's such a huge spiritual and powerful strength in working together. God loves 'team'. I hope this new album displays a little of that dynamic. All of the songs were co-written, and some have up to four different writers. We're all linked by a love for God and friendship with each other - and that makes for such great writing experience. It fosters an environment where people can be honest and creative.
Wisdom: I've been listening to the pre-release of your latest album 10,000 Reasons. Another amazing live album from you, I must say! Do you prefer recording a live album over a studio album?
Matt: Studio albums are always an exciting creative journey, but there's something about the live album recording when it comes to worship music that's very hard to capture in a studio. I hope this album is creative and musical and all that, but I also love that it has some effervescence to it - the people of God pouring out their hearts before Him. I'm so grateful that we got to record this with around 1,100 worship leaders, musicians, singers, and pastors in attendance. It was like having a choir of over a thousand people!
Wisdom: What is one thing you would like the listener to take away from your album, 10,000 Reasons?
Matt: A 'readiness' to worship Jesus. At all times and in all places we need to have a song to sing. If we wake up one morning with nothing to say in repines to God, there's something desperately wrong. When I say there are 10,000 reasons to worship God, of course that's a huge poetic understatement! True worshippers are always ready with a prayer or a praise - a heart response to the goodness and greatness of God over their lives.
Wisdom: If you were invited to an event full of non-believers and could only sing one song from the album, which would it be and why?
Matt: Maybe 'Where Would We Be'. It's a song of salvation, but while writing we were thinking about the Chilean miners rescue last year - and so use a lot of imagery and language from that news story. They say a billion people around the world watched that rescue, and so it feels like a song which I hope could relevantly convey the story of Jesus - the One who came to 'seek and save' us - or, as the song says, to 'search and rescue'.
Wisdom: Thanks again for taking the time to share some of your insights with us and about your new album. We pray that God will use it to advance His Kingdom in a powerful way.
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