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The Story Behind Matt Redman’s “10,000 Reasons”

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Matt Redman has been creating timeless worship songs for the church for years. His recent win at the Dove Awards for Song of the Year is a testament that he only gets better with time. “10,000 Reasons” is one of those songs that will be sung by generations to come. Below, read the story behind the powerful praise chorus.


After a long day of song writing in a small chapel near his home in Brighton, England, renowned worship leader and songwriter Matt Redman had too many melodies running through his head to listen to one more. He, along with friends and co-writers Jonas Myrin (song history includes “Our God” and “You Alone Can Rescue”) and Jason Ingram (“Forever Reign” and “Always”) had spent hours working on songs that would be a part of Redman’s new album. “Jonas had kept saying to me ‘Hey, I have this melody,’” recalls Redman. He jokingly admits his initial reaction to Myrin was “I don’t want to hear it.” But a couple of days later, Redman turned back to Myrin in the chapel and asked him about that melody; thus, the title track of Matt Redman’s live album 10,000 Reasons was born.

As soon as Myrin began playing the chords, Redman thought of Psalm 103: “Bless the Lord, O my soul,” which became the chorus for Myrin’s melody. Redman describes the song as simple. With piano as the only opening accompaniment, “10,000 Reasons” beckons the type of church music the original congregants of that Brighton chapel would have sung years ago. And its verse encourages the church to continue singing: For all Your goodness I will keep on singing/10,000 reasons for my heart to find.


For more information on Matt and to check out his latest album, Your Grace Finds Me, visit

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