Matt Redman is an Englishman through and through; he even admits being swept up by all the pomp and pageantry of his nation's recent royal wedding. But while he could cite many things he loves about his home country, he could list many more reasons he's madly in love with God.
Thus the title of his new album, 10,000 Reasons (EMI CMG), which releases today. The live album was recorded last fall at Passion City Church, a relatively new plant in Atlanta by Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin, and other leaders in the Passion worship movement—including Redman. The UK singer/songwriter picked up his family and moved to Atlanta in 2008 to help Giglio and his team launch the new church. Redman returned to England in August 2010, where they are now part of a growing church in Brighton.
We talked to Redman—composer of such worship staples as "Blessed Be Your Name" and "The Heart of Worship"—about his new album, his time in Atlanta, his return to the UK, his upcoming book, Mirror Ball: Living Boldly and Shining Brightly for the Glory of God (David C. Cook), and more.
Why did you want to spend two years in Atlanta to help start a church?
We've loved being around the Passion movement for the last decade, and have shared much life with those guys—leading and traveling together, dreaming up songs together, so many good stories along the way. When we heard Louie and Shelley [Giglio] and Chris were planting a church, there was no way we weren't going to hop across the ocean and join in the fun! It was a great adventure for those first couple of years, but we felt the pull back to our homeland and life and ministry here. We ended up moving to Brighton, the most unchurched city in England—a very different kind of challenge! ...1
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