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Matt Redman In The GRAMMY Winner's Circle
(The Recording Academy asked a number of 55th GRAMMY Awards winners to share their thoughts on winning, performing and simply experiencing the excitement of the telecast.)
The whole GRAMMY experience was wonderful. Frankly, I'd have flown over from the UK just to experience all those epic performances during the evening telecast event. So to end up on that stage a couple of times to collect two GRAMMY Awards for "10,000 Reasons" was just above and beyond. It was one of the hugest encouragements of my life, especially as for the next 24 hours I had a deluge of encouragements and warm messages flying in from all over the world.
I woke up the next day to an email that put everything into perspective. Someone wrote to me of how their loved one, who was in the late stages of terminal cancer, had requested that "10,000 Reasons" be playing during their final moments on this Earth. So as they passed away from this life and into the next, they had our song on repeat. It was a heart-wrenching and poignant reminder of why I do what I do. I will always hugely value the honor of picking up those GRAMMY Awards for this song, but of course that's not ultimately why I write and sing. It's for moments like that hospital bedside — the amazing thought that our music could somehow breathe hope and grace into the most intense moments of a person's life.
(Matt Redman won GRAMMYs for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance and, along with co-writer Jonas Myrin, Best Contemporary Christian Music Song for "10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)," marking the first GRAMMY wins of his career. The song is the title track on Redman's 2011 album, 10,000 Reasons, which topped Billboard's Christian Albums chart.)