Matt Redman: Unbroken Praise
Our very own Andy Chamberlain was Matt Redman’s guitarist for several years and we have used so many of his songs on our DVDs and as backing tracks. Matt’s new album, Unbroken Praise releases this week and we were pleased that our friend, CCLI’s Rich Burrough, was able to grab an interview with him.
Matt Redman is probably the most influential worship songwriter of his generation. His songs have inspired the church in worship for more than 20 years, touching lives, winning acclaim and reaching the most unusual of places.
So when CCLI checked in with him as he prepares to release his latest album, Unbroken Praise, they were keen to know how he does it, who inspires him, and what he’s learned along the way…
Matt, you have a brand new album arriving in June featuring new songs. What can you tell us about it?
Well, the new album is titled ‘Unbroken Praise’ and there are 11 new songs that we recorded live at Abbey Road Studios in London. We invited in over 300 worship leaders and singers, and had a fantastic night of worship there. I hope these new songs will help people stand on truth and sing out strong.
Are there particular songs on the album that you think the church will soon be singing?
A tricky question! I hope people will find themselves connecting with the songs, and I would love to think that worship leaders might find them helpful in leading worship in their congregations. But it’s always so hard to say which songs might connect most – and time always tells best.
Both of your previous albums, 10,000 Reasons and Your Grace Finds Me were also recorded live. Has that been a conscious decision? Is it something you prefer? What are the challenges and advantages of recording an album live as opposed to the studio?
I love hearing the songs really ‘breathing’ on a live record, and I guess if that’s what the songs are designed for (being sung congregationally) then it can be nice to hear them that way. A studio recording on the other hand has more room to be able to hear musicality and detail, so I love recording that way too. But this time around we decided to do another live album – and the idea of that happening at Abbey Road with a room full of worship leaders was hugely appealing. Read More