Matt Maher

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Matt Maher
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Maher performing in 2011
Background information
Born(1974-11-10) November 10, 1974 (age 39)[1]
Newfoundland, Canada
GenresContemporary Christian, contemporary worship
Years active2000–present
LabelsEssential
Websitewww.mattmahermusic.com
 
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Matt Maher
MattMaher2011GreenBay.jpg
Maher performing in 2011
Background information
Born(1974-11-10) November 10, 1974 (age 39)[1]
Newfoundland, Canada
GenresContemporary Christian, contemporary worship
Years active2000–present
LabelsEssential
Websitewww.mattmahermusic.com

Matthew "Matt" Guion Maher (born November 10, 1974)[1] is a Canadian contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist, songwriter, and worship leader originally from Newfoundland, Canada, who later relocated to Tempe, Arizona. He has written and produced seven solo albums to date. Three of his albums have reached the Top 25 Christian Albums Billboard chart and four of his singles have reached the Top 25 Christian Songs chart. He is a practicing Catholic.[2]

Biography[edit]

Maher was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada. His parents recognized his musical talent, and he grew up taking piano lessons and immersing himself in a broad variety of music and playing in concert and jazz ensembles, singing in a choir, and playing in a garage rock band.[3]

Maher started his post-secondary studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, but soon after received a scholarship from the Jazz Department at Arizona State University, so he moved to Phoenix, Arizona where he studied jazz piano and earned a music degree. He paid for his first three years of college by playing piano in a hotel.

Maher currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

Career[edit]

His first label was the Spirit and Song, a division of OCP Publications, where he released his first three collections. Early in 2007 Maher signed to Essential Records. He released his first big-label album (and his fourth album overall) Empty and Beautiful on April 8, 2008. His second album with Essential Records (and his fifth album overall), Alive Again, was released on September 22, 2009.[4] In late 2009, Maher toured with Michael W. Smith, Meredith Andrews and Phil Stacey on the "New Hallelujah Tour". Alive Again peaked at No. 6 on Billboard magazine's Top Christian Albums chart in 2009.[5]

When Pope Benedict XVI visited the United States in April 2008, Maher was asked to lead worship for crowds of thousands at the Rally for Youth and Seminarians in Yonkers, New York, which also featured Kelly Pease, tobyMac and Third Day, among other musicians. He was subsequently interviewed on Fox News, where he played his title track from Empty and Beautiful.[6]

Maher was a guest singer songwriter speaker at Crowder's Fantastical Church Music Conference at Baylor University in late 2010 put on by the David Crowder Band.[7] In early 2011 he toured the United States on the Rock And Worship Roadshow headlined by MercyMe.[8]

Maher performed Lord, I Need You for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio, Brazil.[9]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Maher performing at YC Newfoundland in 2009.
YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
USUS
Christian
US
Heat
2001The End and the Beginning[10]
2003Welcome to Life[12]
  • Released: January 1, 2003[13]
  • Label: Spirit and Song
  • Format: CD, digital download
2006Overflow[14]
  • Released: March 22, 2006[15]
  • Label: Spirit and Song
  • Format: CD, digital download
2008Empty & Beautiful
  • Released: April 8, 2008
  • Label: Essential
  • Format: CD, digital download
168[16]12[17]6[18]
2009Alive Again
  • Released: September 22, 2009
  • Label: Essential
  • Format: CD, digital download
128[19]6[17]
2011The Love in Between
  • Released: September 20, 2011
  • Label: Essential
  • Format: CD, digital download
977
2013All the People Said Amen
  • Released: April 23, 2013
  • Label: Essential
  • Format: CD, digital download
885

Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak Chart PositionsAlbum
Billboard Hot Christian Songs
2008"Your Grace Is Enough"4Empty & Beautiful
2009"Empty & Beautiful"47
"Alive Again"12Alive Again
2010"Hold Us Together"6
"Christ Is Risen"18
2011"Turn Around"5The Love In Between
"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"23non-album single
2012"Rise Up"23The Love In Between
2013"Lord, I Need You"21All the People Said Amen

1 Currently active on the charts

Awards and recognition[edit]

GMA Canada Covenant Awards
GMA Dove Awards
Unity Awards
Other

References[edit]

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