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All the People Said Amen

Matt Maher

All the People Said Amen

Matt Maher

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All The People Said Amen, Matt Maher's fourth project with Essential Records, delivers raw, worshipful moments that draw the line between the divine and the everyday. Featuring brand new songs mixed with concert versions of fan favorites, All The People Said Amen is Matt Maher at his most dynamic. - Publisher

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About "All the People Said Amen"

All The People Said Amen, Matt Maher's fourth project with Essential Records, delivers raw, worshipful moments that draw the line between the divine and the everyday. Featuring brand new songs mixed with concert versions of fan favorites, All The People Said Amen is Matt Maher at his most dynamic. - Publisher
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:All the People Said Amen is Matt Maher's fourth project with Essential Records. It delivers raw, worshipful moments that draw the line between the divine and the everyday. Featuring brand new songs mixed with concerts versions of fan favourites.
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Meet the Artist

Matt Maher

Matt Maher was born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada. His parents recognised his musical talent from an early age, and he grew up taking piano lessons and immersing himself in a broad variety of music, playing in concert and jazz ensembles, singing in a choir, and playing in a garage rock band.

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.

While attending church in Arizona, Matt was approached by the youth pastor and the music director to help out. "They both saw something in me that I didn't see, and I know it was God leading me closer to Him. Within two months, I was led to accept what Christ did for me on the cross, and to respond in serving Him in my new church community."

Three of Maher's albums have reached the Top 25 Christian Albums Billboard chart and four of his singles have reached the Top 25 Christian Songs chart. Maher is based in Nashville, Tennessee and travels as a "Musical Missionary". He is still involved in local church ministry at St Timothy Catholic Community, as well as helping out with the young adult ministry at All Saints Newman Center, on the campus of Arizona State University.

Besides serving with organisations like Worshiptogether.com, Spiritandsong.com, Passion, Youth Specialties, and Adore Ministries, Matt is a contributing artist for Life Teen, a high school youth movement that helped lead him to Jesus, and his songs are being sung by the church around the world including the song "Your Grace is Enough", originally recorded by Chris Tomlin.

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Good CD
3 stars By Olivia, Apr 04 2018
I like this CD but Matt Maher has made better CDS since this one so unfortunately this isn't one of my favourites his latest one is heaps better. The reason for this comment is because I found some of the songs a bit too hard core compared to his other songs. There are songs I did enjoy listening to which were: I need you, Adoration, Your grace is enoughhere I am Lord, Christ is Risen and On my Way. As he sings these songs live you will still enjoy listening to this CD in the car!
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Matt Maher's "All the People Said Amen"
4 stars By Timothy Yap, May 06 2013
Matt Maher's latest album cover of "All the People Said Amen" is most telling.  A closer inspection of the cover reveals that it is a menagerie of old tour posters, handwritten lyrics from song writing sessions, candid photos with fans and even his very own wedding photos.  Each item was purposefully chosen as the story behind each piece forming a collage that makes up who Maher is today.  "All the People Said Amen" is a retrospective record where Maher pauses to take stock of God's shaping in his life by re-recording nine of his best known songs from his past three albums.  These formerly released songs were recorded live over Maher's various tour settings, with three of them recorded before a college-aged crowd at the University of Notre Dame.  But this record is far from just a nostalgic throwback to the past. Rather, teaming with Paul Moak (Third Day, Mat Kearney) at the helm, there are four new studio cuts interspersed between the live ones.  And they find Maher co-writing with some of the best song writing scribes including Hillsong's Mia Fieldes and other fellow peers such as Christy Nockels and Kristian Stanfill.

Of the four new songs, "Lord I Need You" has been christened as the lead single.  It does not take a genius to figure out why "Lord I Need You" was chosen.  Featuring the gentle sweep of the guitar in its acoustically driven verse before exploding into an anthemic worshipful chorus, this paean is definitely going to be a worship classic in time.  However, if "Lord I Need You" sounds familiar, it is because it was first cut was first cut by Chris Tomlin at the famed Passion Conference not too long ago.  Similarly, "Burning in My Soul" (led by its co-writer Brett Younker) was first premiered at this year's Passion Conference.  In a culture where we like to keep God and religion at the peripheral, "Burning in My Soul" is a desperate plea for God to be our all in all.  Personal favorite is the title cut "All the People Say Amen" which has a rustic country backing exhorting us that we are not alone when we are in our pain.  While the Mia Feldes' co-penned "Mighty Fortress" has a hymn like feel calling to mind Martin Luther's original of the same titular.  It is one of the quieter moments on the album that decelerates us from our fast paced life for some worshipful pandering before our Father.

Other than Audrey Assard, Matt Maher is one of the few worship artists that comes from the Roman Catholic Church.  Maher certainly blows to smithereens our often misconceived caricature that worship within the Catholic Church is quietly turgid and soporifically dated.  Listening to how Maher stirs the crowd to echo each word with him the glorious truth of the resurrection of Christ on "Christ is Risen" is refreshing.  And regardless of how many times we have sung Maher's signature hit "Your Grace is Enough," it still warms the heart that in our helplessness God's grace is enough.  It is also good to see some of his lesser known songs making the list including "Adoration."  Here Maher really incorporates his Catholic roots as he sets to music the thought provoking prayer of Thomas Acquinas.

But there are a few songs that don't work well in the live worship format. "On My Way," for instance, has that Hank Williams Jr. bluesy country rock that works better as a solo cut.  Also, "It is Good" with its "lie lie lie" tag line sounds more like a grating fraternity chant than reverent worship.   Other than such quibbles, "All the People Say Amen" is a vital release for a twofold reason.  First, unlike many greatest hits collection where hits are blindfolded included.  Here, Maher gets the premium treatment when all his biggest songs have been re-interpreted and re-performed.  Second, for those unacquainted with Maher, this collection is great introduction to some of the great songs of the church where God reeives His worth-ship.  And to this end, may all God's people say amen!  
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  • Catalogue Code 375375
  • Product Code 083061096823
  • UPC 083061096823
  • Tracks 13
  • Department Music
  • Category Praise And Worship
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Essential Records
  • Release Date May 2013
  • Sales Rank #7371
  • Dimensions 127 x 146 x 12 mm
  • Weight 0.086kg

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