These Christmas Lights celebrated as an “amazing worship album” and “a rare kind of its own” by critics
Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 28, 2016) – Billboard.com exclusively premiered 2x GRAMMY® winner Matt Redman’s new music video for “Help From Heaven” from his first-ever holiday album These Christmas Lights. Featuring Redman’s longtime friend, GRAMMY® nominated Natasha Bedingfield, the video was filmed in Los Angeles’ First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood.
“Natasha has been a great friend of our family for over a decade, so I’m excited to have her guest on my first Christmas record,” Redman shared exclusively with Billboard. “To this day she has one of the most inspiring voices I’ve ever heard – and I think ‘Help From Heaven’ showcases that beautifully. This a song of hope, and I’d love it to be a source of strength and inspiration for many this coming holiday season.”
Releasing These Christmas Lights on October 21, critics have described the project as an “amazing worship album” and “a rare kind of its own.”
“These Christmas Lights knocks the ball out of the park, as Matt does an incredible job of paying homage to the classics while interweaving his own writing and passion throughout, creating a truly unique Christmas album experience.” – Worship Leader
“Unlike other Christmas records, Redman’s scribal skills are interwoven into every track on this album. He utilizes some traditional hymns, but they are often integrated with his own compositions making this album a rare kind of its own.” – Hallels
“Nearly every track on this collection moves the listener toward that personal experience of the holiday season, most notably ‘Help From Heaven (feat. Natasha Bedingfield),’ ‘How Far,’ ‘The Name of Emmanuel’ and ‘Angels (Singing Gloria).'” – CCM Magazine
“An amazing worship album that draws the listener to God using the pictures and themes of Christmas. I would highly recommend this album to become a part of your Christmas time listening and your worship teams’ choice of songs this December.” – Louder Than The Music
“While listeners will hear a few familiar choruses, the songs featured on These Christmas Lights share the message of Christmas that is both unique and well done.” – Today’s Christian Entertainment
Next month, Redman will join Chris Tomlin on his “Adore Christmas Tour,” kicking off December 4 in Midland, TX. For more information on the tour, visit mattredman.com/tour.
About Matt Redman:
A key songwriter for today’s church and an active worship leader for the Passion conferences around the world, Matt Redman’s songs have been recorded by Chris Tomlin, Michael W. Smith, Israel Houghton, Jeremy Camp, Jesus Culture, Passion, and many more. Winning two GRAMMY® awards in 2015 from the powerful hit “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord),” the single later was certified RIAA gold, named ASCAP’s Christian Music Song of the Year and Billboard’s Top Christian Song. Additionally, Redman has 26 songs in the CCLI Top 500, with six populating the Top 50. Hit his album Your Grace Finds Me (2013) debuted at No. 1 on the Soundscan Christian Albums chart and in the Top 30 on the Billboard 200. Unbroken Praise (2015), recorded live at the iconic Abbey Road Studios, hit the Top 20 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart and No. 1 on iTunes and Billboard’s Top Christian Albums charts. His first ever holiday record, These Christmas Lights, is available now.
Founded in 2000 by Louie Giglio, sixstepsrecords is a worship label and a division of Passion Conferences. sixstepsrecords’ artists include Chris Tomlin (Never Lose Sight), Crowder (American Prodigal), Matt Redman (These Christmas Lights), Kristian Stanfill (Mountains Move) and Passion (Passion: Salvation’s Tide Is Rising). The label partners with Sparrow Records/Capitol Christian Music Group for A&R, marketing, sales and distribution operations. For more information on sixstepsrecords, visit: www.sixstepsrecords.com