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The meaning of life and the mystery of death are weighty topics that have inspired creative souls for centuries, but rarely has an artist taken a more compelling-or more vulnerable - exploration into those themes than singer/songwriter Matt Maher on his sophomore Essential Records release Alive Again.

Over the past few years, Maher has been on quite a journey, making the transition from full-time ministry at his home church in Mesa, Arizona to life as a respected worship leader with an international platform. In that time, he's developed a reputation for being a versatile songwriter - always eager to build bridges between communities and inspire others to creative excellence-all for the glory of God.

From writing such well known worship anthems such as "Your Grace Is Enough," or "As It is In Heaven," to collaborating with other worshippers and artists on their respective projects (Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, Brenton Brown, Hawk Nelson), the last 18 months of 2008 and 2009 has been an exceptionally creative and productive time for Maher.

As he began writing for Alive Again, a definitive concept began taking shape. "The over-arching theme that emerged seemed to be centering on what it means to be alive," says Maher. "The whole notion that God became a human being should change the way we look at what it means to be human, and ultimately the way it leads us is back to the cross."

Maher describes the title track as a song about waking up to the Kingdom of God. "I was driving from the Mexico border to San Antonio and the sun was getting ready to break the horizon," recalls Maher of the inspiration for the song. "When we left it was pitch black and all of a sudden we were two hours into the drive and I realized I could see. I could see the light before the sunrise actually took place. I immediately thought about how Christ is preeminent in the world, before the world even sees Him. John 1 says, 'In the beginning was the Word and the Word was God and the Word was with God.' Jesus loves the world, so He's shining in the world, through the church, before people even know that it's Him."

The lyrical depth and passion for community found throughout Alive Again reflects Matt's heart as an artist. The vibrant passion evident in Maher's live appearances is also captured on the new record. Produced by Paul Moak (Mat Kearney, CompassionArt) and Christopher Stevens (Delirious, tobyMac), Alive Again more fully represents his ability to bond with an audience. "Paul Moak was really adamant about capturing a performance and a moment," Maher explains. "I think this record is a great snapshot of where I am on the journey as an artist and in my faith-walk."

Alive Again is filled with great moments from the in-your-face title track, which is the album's first single, to the rock-tinged "Shout of the King." "No Greater Love" (co written with Chris Tomlin and newcomer artist Audrey Assad) is a buoyant pop anthem with an infectious chorus. "Flesh and Bone" is a poignant ballad with a particularly vulnerable delivery. "Hold Us Together" is a powerful anthem for these troubled times; a rallying cry to demonstrate that the love of God evidenced by the church can make a difference.

"You Were on the Cross," wrestles with the often asked question, "...where is God in the hurt and heartbreak." Through this song Maher points out God's presence in our suffering. He shares, "Not only is the cross, in and of itself, the atonement for sin, it is the means by which all human suffering becomes a transformational moment. It doesn't matter how dark your situation is, God Himself has been there."

"Remembrance," co-written with friend and prolific songwriter Matt Redman, reflects the heart of relationship and community evident throughout Alive Again. "It's such a unique moment we find ourselves in; when people from different denominations can come together and explore the deeper spiritual aspects of faith and communion."

Like all artists, Matt's life experiences have shaped his music. "It has given me a heart for two things: One is to interact with culture more and another is to be a vehicle for unity," say Maher. "I feel like there have to be people who are willing to just stand in the gap between Christian thought, and society. We are supposed to be in the world but not of the world. My mandate as a Christian is not to retreat, but to be a light. In a post Christian society, everybody is called to be a missionary wherever we are. The mission field has changed. The mission field is everywhere."

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Top 40 Chord Charts in July 2013

PraiseCharts, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong Church, Matt Maher | July 23, 2013 | Categories: News

Here are the top 40 chord chord from this month: Lord I Need You (Matt Maher) Christ Is Enough (Hillsong Live) Cornerstone (Hillsong Live) Whom Shall I Fear (God Of The Angel Armies) (Chris Tomlin) Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) (Hillsong United) More

Matt Maher Webinar

Matt Maher | March 12, 2013 | Categories: News, Videos | Tags: ,

We've Got The New Album From Matt Maher!

Matt Maher | January 22, 2013 | Categories: News | Tags:

We've added the new album Mass Of Communion from Matt Maher to the PraiseCharts catalog. This album is a collection of "mini songs", perfect worship service music. These songs can also be used in a more "Liturgical" setting. Be sure to check this album out for your next worship service. More

New Music From Matt Maher

Matt Maher | December 6, 2011 | Categories: News

Download, print and play the orchestration for Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Matt Maher) from the album WOW Christmas Silver.  Other songs from the album include Hope Was Born This Night, Winter Snow, Joseph's Lullaby and more. More

New From Matt Maher

Matt Maher | October 17, 2011 | Categories: News

Download, print and play Turn Around, our newest orchestration from Matt Maher.  See Matt perform the song live here in the PraiseCharts community. More

Join Us, Matt Maher and One Sonic Society!

PraiseCharts, Matt Maher, One Sonic Society | September 12, 2011 | Categories: News

Are you seeing Matt Maher, One Sonic Society and Sons and Daughters on The Love In Between tour soon?  If so, and you want an opportunity to meet the guys send us an email for details!  See the tour dates here.  Texas is this week - and we want to hear from you, so move fast! More

Easter Picks From PraiseCharts Staff and Customers

Matt Maher | March 11, 2011 | Categories: News | Tags:

We polled customers and the PraiseCharts staff for this batch of Easter picks...hopefully you'll find something to use in this upcoming Resurrection season:  Our brand new orchestration Christ Is Risen, Glorious Day, It Is Well With My Soul, My Redeemer Lives, By His Wounds, O The Blood, The Brave and Are You Washed In The Blood. More

"Restless" Orchestration

Audrey Assad, Matt Maher, PraiseCharts | October 18, 2010 | Categories: News

Download, print and play the orchestration for Restless, penned by Audrey Assad and Matt Maher.  Audrey says of the song, “’Restless,’ comes from the confession of Augustine. If there’s any song I have that’s relevant to this generation it’s this one. We are so restless and transient and spread across so many social networks. Our relationships have increased in numbers More

New Lead Sheets From Lincoln Brewster, Matt Maher And Tenth Avenue North

Lincoln Brewster, Matt Maher, PraiseCharts, Tenth Avenue North | September 26, 2010 | Categories: News

Download, print and play new lead sheets: Silent Night (Emmanuel) by Matt Maher and Go Tell It On The Mountain from Tenth Avenue North. See the story behind Matt's song here!  Also available are lead sheets and chord charts from Lincoln Brewster's new album Real More

New Matt Maher Praise Band Orchestration

Matt Maher, PraiseCharts | June 21, 2010 | Categories: News

From Matt Maher's album Alive Again comes the Praise Band Orchestration Hold Us Together.  Download, print and play it and other Matt Maher favorites such as Empty And Beautiful, and Remembrance. More

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