Debuting the first Christmas album of his career, 2X GRAMMY winner Matt Redman will unveil These Christmas Lights on October 21. Filled with powerful and diverse collaborations, featured artists on the album include longtime friends Natasha Bedingfield, Chris Tomlin and Tasha Cobbs. These Christmas Lights finds Redman sharing his interpretation on quintessential holiday songs, along with creating new, originals including “His Name Shall Be,” “Help from Heaven,” the title track and more.
The British worship leader revealed the news on Twitter, posting the album artwork and writing: "Looking forward to releasing this soon. A brilliant team of friends/writers/musicians worked so hard on this with me - hope you'll enjoy".
"I don’t want to just tell a story, I want to make sure that we put ourselves in the story too. To help with the songwriting on this record, I actually went on a retreat to Israel. We reenacted, walking through the old roads that Jesus would have walked, going to some of the key places where key events of the gospel happened when Jesus walked this Earth. Thinking a lot about Him coming as a little newborn baby," shares Redman.
"We worked very hard on this record. I'm so grateful and aware of the collaboration, the team effort. Lots of people just digging deep, bringing their creativity, time and gifting their experience on this record. There’s definitely a sense of family, collaboration and friendship."
These Christmas Lights will serve as the follow up to Redman’s 2015 chart-topper Unbroken Praise (see above). Redman will be touring throughout the U.S. and British Columbia for the remainder of 2016.