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Matt Maher – Because He Lives (Cover)

A month ago I wrote about Matt Maher and his new song “Because He Lives”.

I’m thrilled to share our rendition of the song; a powerful proclamation of the life that we have because of Jesus.

This cover features Joseph San Jose, Monica Lou Ponce, and Marion Cheah. I’m impressed by their talent and musicianship, but more importantly by their faithfulness and humility.

I hope you enjoy listening and watching this as much as we enjoyed recording it.

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Matt Maher – Because He Lives

Name drop alert: most people know that I’m friends with Christian songwriter and worship leader Matt Maher.  Mind you, we’re not best friends, but we’re friends nonetheless.  He answers my texts once in a while, so in my book, we’re friends. :p

He’s my favourite worship leader for many reasons.  Ever since I met him in 1995, I’ve been impressed by his talent, his faithfulness, and his humility.  He’s a brilliant musician, he’s an intelligent writer and storyteller, he has a profound understanding of church, he’s a lot of fun to be around, he’s Catholic, he’s Canadian, he’s been a long-time friend to both the Archdiocese of Vancouver and to me, and we’re the same age.

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The “Band” Behind the Matt Maher Concert

Just 30 hours or so removed from our first-ever Archdiocesan Conference, I’m still in a bit of a daze:  I’m exhausted, optimistic, grateful, encouraged, and proud among many other feelings and emotions.  In particular, I’ve been reflecting on the Matt Maher concert that kicked-off the Conference on Friday night, and the months of planning that went into it.

The concert was 8 months in the making, stemming from a meeting at the OYYAM.  We had just been charged with the responsibility of planning and executing the “Friday night” portion of the Archdiocesan Conference and after a bit of brainstorming about potential events and ideas, our decision was unanimous:  it was time to bring the Grey-Haired Canadian back for an archdiocesan event for the first time since Spirit Day 2009.

I fired a text message off to Matt in July and he was interested from the very beginning.  However, he cautioned me that they had a couple of irons in the fire so-to-speak with respect to other tour dates (that have since come to fruition…including the East Coast USA tour they interrupted to get to Vancouver on Friday).  After numerous emails, phone calls, text messages, negotiating, and anxious moments, we finally signed the contact in October…4 months after our initial contract and just 4 months prior to the Conference!

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