Around the turn of the century I was visiting a friend in Nashville who played me one of those generic “Top 10″ praise and worship CDs.
This one was different, though – a really good male vocalist sang all the songs with an awesome female on BGVs.
This voice belonged to a young worship leader from Canada named Matt Brouwer who went on to make his own recordings (the awesome female was Jill Paquette.) I’ve followed Matt’s music for years and had the chance to meet him in person a few months ago when I was in Houston writing with Kyle Worsham.
Matt was leading worship in a movie theater church plant. His latest CD, Till the Sunrise, came out recently and I got to talk to him about his producer – the venerable Michael Omartian (Long time CCM lovers will remember Michael as a secular producer years ago for such pop luminaries as Christopher Cross, Peter Cetera and Donna Summer. He then produced CCM artists like Amy Grant, Carman, Bryan Duncan and 4 Him in the 90s.)
Matt’s had an illustrious career so far – he’s won a Juno Award (Canada’s Grammys) and his cover of the Goo Goo Doll’s Better Days even appeared on a TV show.
I love Till the Sunrise, if for no other reason than Omartian’s production is such a refreshing change from the constant, monotonous drone of Hillsongish guitars. This CD is more of the singer-songwriter variety but Matt threw in a wonderful worship tune which he’s graciously allowed me to post here at WorshipIdeas.com. Download a free MP3 and transposed chord charts below for his worship song Everlasting and please check out the full CD at his website and iTunes.
Listen to Matt Brouwer’s Everlasting: Everlasting
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