Known for having penned popular worship songs sung in churches across the world including “Blessed be your name,” “Better is one day,” “You never let go” and “Heart of Worship,” 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” uses 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 God’s unmatchable constancy.
“This album praises God’s steadiness,” says Redman. “We’re being reminded how shakable earthly things are – 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.”
The goal of spiritual confidence points to the other key focus on “We shall not be shaken,” the centrality of Jesus and the cross. The first single “This is how we know,” co-written with Redman’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 the Redman household. In July of 2008, the Redmans and their three young children moved from England to the United States, and in November they welcomed their fourth child.
They never envisioned themselves calling America “home,” but God had another idea in mind.
They recorded “We shall not be shaken” in Nashville, Tenn., and now reside in Atlanta, Ga. Redman and his wife will also help plant the Passion City Church in Atlanta, 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,” says Louie Giglio, the director of sixstepsrecords and Passion City Church. “That is certainly the case with Matt’s new album, arguably his strongest collection of corporate songs to date. We are thrilled to both champion the music and celebrate his new partnership with Passion City Church.”