Matt Maher received three GRAMMY® nominations this morning for the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards. Maher was nominated twice in the "Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song" category for his No. 1 single "Because He Lives (Amen)" - as the performer and co-writer - and as a co-writer for Third Day's "Soul On Fire." Maher's album Saints And Sinners was also nominated for "Best Contemporary Christian Music Album." He has received eight GRAMMY nominations in his career with today's announcement. The awards will be held on February 15, 2016 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and broadcast live on CBS from 8–11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).
Saints And Sinners released in March and has since received much critical acclaim and continued praise. Inspired by leaders of faith who left profound marks on Christianity, the album highlights songs influenced by historical greats such as Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa. The album also produced Maher’s first No. 1 radio single as an artist (as he has received six No. 1 singles as a songwriter), the GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award winning “Because He Lives (Amen).” The nominated album was co-produced by Maher and longtime friend and collaborator Paul Moak (Third Day, Mat Kearney). Maher 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.
In addition to the three nominations, Maher was recently awarded his first RIAA Gold certification for his popular single "Lord, I Need You." This BMI Award winning song has been heard around the world including two events with Pope Francis - in front of three million people on stage with the Holy Father at the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro and most recently at this year's the Festival of Families, The World Meeting of Families - Philadelphia 2015.
Maher is completing his fall run of his headline "Saints And Sinners" tour, which has had numerous sold-out dates along with special guests I Am They, Jon Guerra and newcomer Hannah Kerr this weekend. He will be out on the "Saints And Sinners" Winter Tour in 2016 featuring Jesus Culture's Chris McClarney (dates listed below).
Matt Maher was awarded two awards on Tuesday night at the 46th Annual Dove Awards held at Lipscomb University in Nashville. Maher was honored with the Songwriter of the Year (Artist) and the Worship Song of the Year for "Because He Lives (Amen)." He also performed his award-winning song last night along with the legendary Bill Gaither. The Dove Awards will be televised on TBN on Sunday, October 18th at 9 pm CT.
"What an unbelievable honor to be recognized by the GMA and my peers for these two awards,” shares Maher. “So many of the songs the Church is singing these days is a result of collaboration from many talented writers who all believe we are in a season of unprecedented unity in serving God and His Church. We were all raised up and encouraged by the songs of those who’ve come before us - such as Bill and Gloria Gaither. I couldn’t do what I do without the support of an amazing team of people in my life, and any award an artist receives is an acknowledgement of their efforts as well.”
Five-time GRAMMY-nominated Maher was recently a part of the list of high profile performers and celebrities to play before more than one million people at the Festival of Families, The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 with Pope Francis. In addition to his performance, he took time to speak with CNN about this honor. This was Maher’s second performance at a major event with Pope Francis as he performed his hit song “Lord, I Need You” in front of three million people on stage with Pope Francis at the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.
Today Maher will kick off his "Saints & Sinners" tour with label mates Jon Guerra, I Am They and new artist Hannah Kerr. The tour will continue through December.
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.
Jesus commanded his followers to roll away the stone. Two thousand years later Jesus commands us to love the unlovable and love the people that are beyond loving. And we argue with him.
If someone asked you describe the voice of God, what would you say? I’ve heard it said that the starting reference point of your relationship with your heavenly Father is the relationship you’ve had with your earthly one.
Oscar Wilde was a controversial figure. Before his deathbed conversion to Christ, the playwright, poet and aesthetic represented not only a voice of a period of time but he represented a voice of culture that some would say finds itself at odds with Christianity. Yet he still had the God-given wisdom to make many beautiful and pointed statements, the chief of them being that, “Every saint has a past every sinner has a future.”
If you traveled far enough in space you would start to hear radio transmissions from decades ago. If you traveled far enough out you would encounter the first television broadcast that is still shooting out into space.