Known for having penned popular worship songs sung in churches across the world including â€œBlessed Be Your Name,â€ â€œBetter Is One Day,â€ “You Never Let Go” and â€œHeart of Worship,â€ recording artist, Matt Redman encourages everyone to turn to worship in times of struggle on his seventh studio album We Shall Not Be Shaken. The project will release nationwide Aug. 25 via sixstepsrecords.
We Shall Not Be Shaken is intentionally Psalm-like, using simple poetic lyrics to express unbreakable truth in an age of utter brokenness. Working with producer Robert Marvin (Mat Kearney) and writer Jonas Myrin (Steven Curtis Chapman, Natasha Bedingfield), Redman wrote several songs to center listeners on Godâ€™s unmatchable constancy.
â€œThis album praises Godâ€™s steadiness,â€ says Redman. â€œWeâ€™re being reminded how shakable earthly things areâ€”job losses, home foreclosures. When we traveled to Korea, there were high profile suicides due to the failing marketplace. So it feels appropriate now to address the economy in a worship song. Nothing in the Psalms was ever detached from its era.â€
The goal of spiritual confidence points to the other key focus on We Shall Not Be Shaken, the centrality of Jesus and the cross. First single â€œThis Is How We Know,â€ co-written with Redmanâ€™s wife, Beth, seamlessly blends the message of John 3:16 and 1 John 3:16.
Prior to the shaping of the album there was one extremely notable shakeup: in July of 2008, Matt and Beth Redman and their three young children at the time, moved from England to the United States, and in November they welcomed their fourth child. They had never envisioned themselves calling American â€œhome,â€ but clearly God had another idea in mind. They recorded We Shall Not Be Shaken in Nashville, TN and now reside in Atlanta. He and his wife will help plant the Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA alongside Passion Conferences founder Louie Giglio, Chris Tomlin and others.
“I believe there is an inextricable link between the songs of worship and the worshipping church, and am convinced the community of Believers gathered to reflect God’s greatness is the soil from which authentic and fresh expressions of worship arise,â€ says Louie Giglio, the Visionary Architect/Director of Passion Conferences, sixstepsrecords and Passion City Church. â€œThat is certainly the case with Matt’s new album, arguably his strongest collection of corporate songs to date,â€ he continues. â€œWe are thrilled to both champion the music and celebrate his new partnership with Passion City Church; a beautiful context from which we pray these songs will circle the globe.”