NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announces initial list of performers and presenters set to appear at the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards.
Matthew "Matt" Guion Maher (born November 10, 1974) is a contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist, songwriter, and worship leader originally from Newfoundland, Canada, who later relocated to Tempe, Arizona. He has written and produced five 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.
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.
Maher received a scholarship from the Jazz Department at Arizona State University, where he studied Jazz Piano and got his music degree. He paid for his first three years of college by playing piano in a hotel.
Matt currently lives in Tempe, Arizona. He is involved in building community at Our Lady Of Mount Carmel parish. He married Kristin Fisher on September 10, 2010. Their son, Michael Conor, was born on August 1, 2011.
In the spring of 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, Alive Again, was released on September 22, 2009. In fall of 2009, Maher toured with Michael W. Smith on the "New Hallelujah Tour". Alive Again peaked in sixth position on Billboard magazine's Top Christian Albums chart in 2009.
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 on the secular airwaves.
Maher was a guest singer songwriter speaker at Crowder's Fantastical Church Music Conference at Baylor University Fall 2010 put on by the David Crowder Band. In early 2011 he toured the United States on the Rock And Worship Roadshow headlined by MercyMe.
Maher performed Lord, I Need You before a crowd of nearly 4 million, including Pope Francis, for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio, Brazil.
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Nashville, Tenn. – Multi-GRAMMY® nominee and acclaimed songwriter Matt Maher is slated to release his fifth studio album with Essential Records/Provident Label Group, Saints And Sinners, on March 17, 2015. The album’s first single, “Because He Lives (Amen),” is already in the Top 5 at radio, currently sitting at No.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Renowned singer/songwriter/worship leader, Matt Maher, received his second career GRAMMY nomination last night in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Song category for his contribution as a writer on the moving anthem, “White Flag,” recorded by Chris Tomlin for Passion: White Flag.
(Nashville, Tenn. — Following a 2012 GRAMMY Award nomination for his writing contribution to Chris Tomlin’s “I Lift My Hands,” Matt Maher continues his ever-growing contribution to songs for churches worldwide. Additionally, the singer/song-writer/worship leader continues to see positive momentum on the road with Third Day’s “Make Your Move” tour and the release of his latest music video “Rise Up.”