It was last fall when multi-award-winning singer, songwriter, and touring artist Matt Maher debuted Alive & Breathing Vol. 1, his three-song project that became the first of four music bundles and released consecutively through the fall and winter. Today, Maher announces all four of the volumes will be made into one album, aptly titled Alive & Breathing, and will also include two additional songs. Alive & Breathing will be available on March 6 (Provident Label Group).
The unique 14-track project highlights songs that Matt Maher has written or co-written for other artists (i.e., "Soul On Fire" as recorded by Third Day), live versions of previously released songs recorded by Maher (i.e., "Because He Lives"), or recorded in a different language ("Lord, I Need You (Señor, Te Necesito) [Live] [feat. Blanca]." Additionally, the album includes his current radio single "Alive & Breathing" and two new songs, "Joyful Noise," "Light The Way."
"Alive & Breathing," which received more than 40 adds its first three weeks at radio, is already in the Top 30 and continues to climb steadily. Maher will perform the song live when he makes his Grand Ole Opry debut this Saturday, February 8. He is also slated to share his iconic single, "Lord, I Need You."
Explaining the compilation of songs found on Alive & Breathing, Maher shares, "25 years ago, my life forever changed. I moved with my mom to Arizona and began going to Church. Ever since then, my life has felt like it moves in seven-year 'chapters.' In 2013, I stumbled onto a format of recording that was a hybrid of live music (unedited and raw), along with new studio songs. It was called All The People Said Amen. That format seemed to strike a nerve with people. Seven years later, it seems that once again I've reached a place of reflection. Before stepping into the next new musical season, I wanted to recap some of what I have been blessed to be a part of as a songwriter and as an artist. Along the way, new songs came out that spoke a lot to my heart. Songs are landscapes for living memories. This project, like the album cover, is kind of a soundtrack for crossing one season to the next, remembering the faithfulness of God in the past while declaring His goodness in the present and to the future.“
The day before Alive & Breathing releases, Maher will kick off his busy touring schedule for the year by appearing on Compassion Live's The RoadShow 2020 Tour. Joining fellow artists such as Bethel Music, Martin Smith (Delirious?), Unspoken, Elle Limebear, and more, the RoadShow 2020 Tour begins March 5 and runs through March 29. For the most updated tour schedule, visit his tour page.
Indicative of his heart for unity, Maher will spend much of the year touring abroad. This summer, he will be performing at This Is The Day, the largest annual worship gathering in Central Europe. The multi-artist event will be held in Budapest, Hungary at the newly constructed Puskás Stadion with more than 60,000 attendees expected. Other scheduled performers include Chris Tomlin, Rend Collective, Pintér Béla, and Csiszér László.
Additional global performances will be held this fall including his home country of Canada, a European tour with Rend Collective, and a first-of-its-kind festival in Burgundy, France. Maher will also join the Michael W. Smith and Friends event in Hawaii.