Matt Maher, originally from Newfoundland, Canada, has been living in Nashville, Tennessee, for the last six years. But the Nashville music scene has not affected his music, he says.
“I think being in a city full of music creators, though, has fostered and encouraged creativity,” he said last week from Phoenix. “You get into a rhythm of life with your peers, and your spouses don’t feel as crazy for marrying a musician – which is always nice!”
Maher, who is married with three young children, is maturing as an artist, he said.
“I’m a guy in my 40s, so I don’t think I’m necessarily trying to prove myself, but I think there is an element of you’re still ‘kingdom building…not castle building,’” he said. “Hopefully you’re contributing to a larger narrative that is building up the body of Christ and not just building up your own story or your own kingdom.”
The nine time Grammy Award nominee will present a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita as a fundraiser for the Midwest Catholic Family Conference.
Maher, a 2015 GMA Dove Award and 2015 Songwriter of the Year winner, said the many awards he has received are an “encouragement to the creative endeavor.”
“But over time you learn that they really don’t change who you are,” he said. “The affirmation for who you are as a human, as a child of God, can only come from God himself.”
He said his Catholic faith is all-encompassing effect on his work. “it presents a comprehensive worldview that informs every facet of existence,” he said. “Faith is not meant to be dusted off or broken out one hour a week on Sundays, it’s the lens with which we are called to view the whole world.”
As a songwriter and as an artist, he said, his faith is informing him constantly and challenging his views on everything: from how he handles money, how he parents his children, how he and his wife communicate and love each other, and what kind of a boss he is to his band members.
Maher said as he moves forward in his career, he hopes to continue “to provide a sound track for peoples’ faith lives and their journeys.”
“That’s what a big part of my music is,” he said. “That’s what contemporary modern music is… and hopefully my music is pushing them toward the Lord.”

Want to attend the Matt Maher concert?
The Matt Maher concert will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Cotillion Ballroom in Wichita.
Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. They may be purchased online at Table reservations are available by calling 316-722-4201.