Christian Music singer, songwriter, and worship leader
Best known for his worship song “Your Grace is Enough” which was first recorded by fellow artist Chris Tomlin, singer/songwriter Matt Maher’s continues to lead listeners into worship with his latest, “All The People Said Amen,” off his album of the same title. The six-time GMA Dove Award nominee, Matt received a scholarship from the jazz department at Arizona State University, where he eventually studied jazz piano and earned his degree. To pay for college, Matt played piano in a nearby hotel. Influenced by modern worship songwriters including Delirious, Paul Baloche and the diverse artists involved with the Passion movement, Matt eventually started writing his own songs about God and his devout faith. After signing a publishing deal in 2005, his songs were eventually recorded by several popular Christian artists including Phillips, Craig and Dean, and the aforementioned Chris Tomlin. In 2007, Matt signed his first record deal and released two albums in two years, culminating with the “New Hallelujah Tour” spearheaded by Michael W. Smith. Then in 2008 when Pope Benedict XVI visited the United States, Matt was asked to lead worship for a crowd of thousands at the Rally for Youth and Seminarians in Yonkers, New York. The event also featured Kelly Clarkson, TobyMac and Third Day and Matt was able to play “Empty and Beautiful” during an interview with Fox News after the event. Matt’s release of Alive Again in 2009 blended a mix of deep, thoughtful, worship music including “Christ Is Risen,” with a dash of light-heartedness in “Hold Us Together.” He followed up the album with MercyMe (among others) on the Rock and Worship Roadshow Tour, and most recently played a free concert in New York City to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11.