|Birth name||Matthew Guion Maher|
|Born||November 10, 1974|
|Genres||Contemporary worship music|
Matthew Guion Maher (born November 10, 1974) is a Canadian contemporary Christian music (CCM) artist, songwriter, and worship leader from Newfoundland, Canada, who lives in the United States. He has written and produced nine 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 has been nominated for nine Grammy Awards in his career and was awarded the Songwriter of the Year for an artist, at the 2015 GMA Dove Awards.
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 started his post-secondary studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland and continued his studies in the Jazz Department at Arizona State University. He studied jazz piano and earned a music degree there. He paid for his first three years of college by playing piano in a hotel.
His first label was the Spirit and Song, a division of OCP Publications, where he released his first three collections. Early in 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 (and his fifth album overall), Alive Again, was released on September 22, 2009. In late 2009, Maher toured with Michael W. Smith, Meredith Andrews and Phil Stacey on the "New Hallelujah Tour". Alive Again peaked at No. 6 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 Clarkson, tobyMac and Third Day, among other musicians. He was subsequently interviewed on Fox News, where he played his title track from Empty and Beautiful.
Maher was a guest singer songwriter speaker at Crowder's Fantastical Church Music Conference at Baylor University in late 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 four million, including Pope Francis, for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio, Brazil. Other youth activities he has participated in include the 2013, 2015, and 2017 National Catholic Youth Conferences, all held in Indianapolis, Indiana. He also sang at the 2014 March for Life.
On March 17, 2015, Maher released his eighth studio album, Saints and Sinners, through Essential Records. "Because He Lives (Amen)" was the first single release off of the album, and additional tracks on the album include songwriting collaborations with Needtobreathe members Bo and Bear Rinehart, Jon Foreman of Switchfoot. In September 2017, Maher's ninth studio album, Echoes, released and earned Maher his ninth career Grammy Award nomination.
He is a two-time BMI Songwriter of the Year and in 2015 was named NSAI Songwriter of the Year. Along with his nine GRAMMY Award nominations, he has also been nominated for more than 20 GMA/Gospel Music Association Dove Awards in his career, including "Song of the Year", "Worship Song of the Year", "Pop Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year", and "Pop Contemporary Song of the Year".
On October 12, 2018, his song "Lord, I Need You" was certified Platinum by RIAA, his first certification.
His single "Alive and Breathing" reached top-5 in the Christian singles chart, in June 2020 the song started to chart on mainstream lists as well, hitting No. 3 on Rolling Stone's trending 25 list as well as No. 25 on Billboard singles of the week.
|Title||Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|The End and the Beginning||2001||—||—||—|
|Welcome to Life||2003||
|Empty & Beautiful||2008||
|The Love in Between||2011||
|All the People Said Amen||2013||
|Saints and Sinners||2015||
|The Advent of Christmas||2018||
|Alive & Breathing||2020||
|Lord, I Need You||2015||
|Alive & Breathing Vol. I||2019||
|Alive & Breathing Vol. II||
|Alive & Breathing Vol. 3||
|Alive & Breathing Vol. 4||2020||
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|2008||"Your Grace Is Enough"||4||2||Empty & Beautiful|
|2009||"Empty & Beautiful"||47||—|
|"Alive Again"||12||10||Alive Again|
|2010||"Hold Us Together"||6||8|
|"Christ Is Risen"||18||21|
|2011||"Turn Around"||5||6||The Love in Between|
|"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"||23||7||non-album single|
|2012||"Rise Up"||23||18||The Love in Between|
|2013||"Lord, I Need You"||4||4||All the People Said Amen|
|2014||"All the People Said Amen"||6||4||7|
|"Hope Can Change Everything"
(with Francesca Battistelli, Jeremy Camp,
Jamie Grace, Bart Millard, and Sidewalk Prophets)
|"Because He Lives (Amen)"||3||1||1||
||Saints and Sinners|
|2017||"Glory (Let There Be Peace)"||14||1||1||non-album single|
|"Your Love Defends Me"||12||8||3||Echoes|
|"What a Friend"||10||2||3|
|2018||"Born On That Day"||24||10||6||The Advent of Christmas|
|2019||"Alive & Breathing"
(featuring Ellie Limebear)
|5||1||1||Alive & Breathing|
|2020||"Run to the Father"||—||31||—|
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