First Single “Because He Lives (Amen)” Hits Top 5
Contributed to Three Songs Currently in the Top 15 at Christian Radio Including Third Day and Crowder
Multi-GRAMMY® nominee and acclaimed songwriter Matt Maher released his fifth studio album today, with Essential Records/Provident Label Group, Saints And Sinners. Also available today is a digital-only deluxe edition that features five bonus tracks, two additional live cuts and an exclusive unplugged version of “Because He Lives (Amen).” The album’s first single, “Because He Lives (Amen),” is in the Top 5 at radio, currently sitting at No. 4 on the National Christian Audience Chart and No. 6 on the AC Monitored Chart.
The songs for Saints And Sinners organically began to develop as Maher experienced a time of personal transition and went in search of inspiration. “I found myself in a real place of unknowing,” he shares. “So I naturally started gravitating toward writings and quotes from people having experienced the tension between certainty and mystery.”
Inspired by leaders of faith who left profound marks on Christianity, Saints And Sinners boasts a collection of cuts highlighting influencers such as Martin Luther King and Mother Teresa. “All the songs on the record are based on quotes, prayers, scriptures and characters throughout the history of the church that have been a prophetic voice,” the artist explains. “It’s good to look at their lives in the context of our own, because it gives us permission to ask questions along our journey.”
Co-produced by Maher and longtime friend and collaborator Paul Moak (Third Day, Mat Kearney), Maher also brought together a host of talented songwriters among who were Thad Cockrell (Leagues), Jon Foreman (Switchfoot), Bo and Bear Rinehart (NEEDTOBREATHE), Jason Ingram and several others for Saints And Sinners.
Maher is currently performing on the Rock & Worship Roadshow, also featuring MercyMe, Crowder, Jamie Grace and more. This spring he will headline a tour in support of Saints And Sinners with special guests and label mates I Am They and Jon Guerra.
Saints And Sinners Track Listing:
Future Not My Own
Land of My Father
Everything Is Grace
Sons and Daughters
Abide With Me
Because He Lives (Amen)
ABOUT MATT MAHER
Since his 2008 major label debut, recording artist, songwriter and worship leader, Maher has become a staple in the artistic and songwriting community. A five-time GRAMMY® nominee, he has garnered multiple radio successes writing and recording songs like “Lord, I Need You,” “Hold Us Together,” “Christ Is Risen,” “All The People Said Amen” and “Your Grace Is Enough.” Maher has penned songs recorded by Chris Tomlin, Crowder, Third Day, Matt Redman, Hillsong, Passion and Meredith Andrews, among others. Maher’s songs have prompted national media coverage on outlets including “FOX & Friends” and as a guest writer with Billboard magazine. In the summer of 2013, Maher was chosen to be the “face” of 3 million Dr. Pepper cans in conjunction with Pepsi MidAmerica and its Christian artist can campaign. Maher continues to perform and speak as a part of high-profile global events, including the upcoming World Meeting of Families, marking Pope Francis’ first visit to the US this year. In 2013, Maher performed on stage with Pope Francis in front of more than 3 million people at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, and is scheduled to perform at World Youth Day 2016 taking place in Krakow, Poland. Maher will release his fifth full-length studio release in March of 2015 featuring a modern adaptation of the Bill & Gloria Gaither classic, “Because He Lives.”
SOURCE: Rogers & Cowan