Matt Redman is a household name on the Christian music scene. But many of his greatest songs have been birthed out of some of the most troubling times. Matt spoke to Peter Wooding about his turbulent years as a teenager and becoming one of the leading worship songwriters
For more than 20 years Grammy award-winning, singer-songwriter Matt Redman has been one of the most influential worship leaders in the world. Every Sunday churches across the globe can be heard belting out some of his most well-known songs in their native languages such as ‘The Heart of Worship,’ ‘You Never Let Go’ and ‘Blessed Be Your Name’. And despite all of his success, Matt has somehow managed to sustain a reasonably normal family life with his wife, Beth, and their five children. However, his own upbringing was far from perfect. At the age of seven while growing up in Watford, his father died, his mother remarried an it was a turbulent time for the rest of his childhood and teenage years.
Matt says those difficult times inspired him to write songs that challenge people to overcome their own personal hurts. “I’ve noticed songs like ‘Blessed Be Your Name’ and ‘You Never Let Go’ came from a deep place of learning to trust God through pain,” he says. “I was like everyone else, going through struggles, stresses, confusion and the challenges of life, just trying to find my way to the place of praise. “I’ve always tried to say that even when I don’t get any of this stuff I choose to believe that God is good, great and in control.