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EDITORS’ NOTES

All the People Said Amen finds Matt Maher presenting his best-loved songs in a live setting, with four new studio tracks added. Over the past decade, the Canadian-born Christian singer/songwriter has approached worship music with a lyrical intimacy and eclectic sense of musicianship that sets him apart from his peers. His latest release catches him on tour with a muscular road band capable of veering from gentle praise compositions to burly blues-rooted numbers without disturbing the overall reverent vibe. Such signature tunes as “Turn Around,” “Your Grace Is Enough,” and “Christ Is Risen” take on bolder colors here, giving them a visceral impact to match their spiritual message. Maher lets his inner Southern rocker run free on snarling, guitar-driven versions of “On My Way” and “Hold Us Together.” At the other end of the spectrum are such acoustic-centered pieces as the quietly inspirational “Adoration” and the contemplative “Mighty Fortress.” The new songs “Lord, I Need You” (a stirring collaboration with Audrey Assad) and the title track (a buoyantly upbeat call for brotherhood) compare favorably with the best of Maher’s earlier work.

EDITORS’ NOTES

All the People Said Amen finds Matt Maher presenting his best-loved songs in a live setting, with four new studio tracks added. Over the past decade, the Canadian-born Christian singer/songwriter has approached worship music with a lyrical intimacy and eclectic sense of musicianship that sets him apart from his peers. His latest release catches him on tour with a muscular road band capable of veering from gentle praise compositions to burly blues-rooted numbers without disturbing the overall reverent vibe. Such signature tunes as “Turn Around,” “Your Grace Is Enough,” and “Christ Is Risen” take on bolder colors here, giving them a visceral impact to match their spiritual message. Maher lets his inner Southern rocker run free on snarling, guitar-driven versions of “On My Way” and “Hold Us Together.” At the other end of the spectrum are such acoustic-centered pieces as the quietly inspirational “Adoration” and the contemplative “Mighty Fortress.” The new songs “Lord, I Need You” (a stirring collaboration with Audrey Assad) and the title track (a buoyantly upbeat call for brotherhood) compare favorably with the best of Maher’s earlier work.

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About Matt Maher

Christian singer and songwriter Matt Maher was born in Newfoundland, Canada, but it was not until a family upheaval led Maher to the desert climes of Arizona that he would find his calling and begin a musical career that would lead him to compose work for genre artists such as Bethany Dillon and Chris Tomlin, as well as releasing albums and playing shows across the Southwest -- and eventually the world. Having been asked to take on the mantle of youth pastor and music director at his church, Maher -- who was also a scholarship winner for studies in jazz piano at Arizona State University -- would develop his skills quickly, leading to a working relationship with songwriter Tom Booth after moving to Mesa. In 2001, Maher released the first of three independent albums, The End and the Beginning, which was followed by 2003's Welcome to Life and 2006's Overflow. His eventual publishing deal with EMI led to further exposure, and he soon found himself signing a record deal with the Essential label. That relationship allowed Maher to record and release his first "official" album, April 2008's Empty and Beautiful. A number two hit on the gospel charts, Empty and Beautiful would lead to Maher playing more and more shows outside of his Arizona home base, including plans to tour Europe and Australia in 2008. Maher's second album on Essential, Alive Again, was released in September 2009, faring better than its predecessor, beginning a trend that would see each of his subsequent albums climbing higher on both the Christian and pop charts. Following 2011's Southern rock-tinged The Love in Between, Maher issued a compilation of live cuts and a handful of new songs under the title All the People Said Amen. Released in 2013, it coincided with Maher's performance alongside Pope Francis to a Brazilian crowd nearly four million strong at Rio's World Youth Day. His 2015 release, Saints and Sinners placed at number two on Billboard's Christian Albums chart and featured collaborations with Needtobreathe's Bo and Bear Rinehart and Switchfoot's Jon Foreman. His most successful release to date, it netted Maher a Dove Award for Songwriter of the Year. ~ Chris True

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