Hi I'm Richard Matthews, a Christian songwriter. I have been a Christian all my life and as I've been growing in faith and passion for God, my song-writing gift has developed.
I have been writing Christian songs for the last 15 years and written about 30 songs during this time. In January 2011, I released my first CD album called "A ray of hope in a world of darkness" which contains 14 of my songs. Please check out www.freeandforgiven.com where you will be able to listen to MP3s of the songs. In December 2015, I released the second album "Ready to go" which has ten songs written from 2011 to 2015. This album is available on CD and in MP3 format. It can also be streamed on all digital music sites.
All the music scores and lyrics on my website are freely available to download for using personally or as part of church services. If you have any questions, or would like to get in touch, please do send me an email. For each song, I have also written my thoughts as to what God was saying to me and how it came to be written. (I am currently updating the website to include all the new songs so if you need anything urgently, please do get in touch!).
Why Free and Forgiven? Well Jesus paid the price for my sin by dying on the cross and rising back to life. I am therefore truly forgiven and am free to live the life God intended for me.
As well as write songs, I also lead worship at my local church, LifeSpring Church in Reading and play trumpet, piano, keyboards and sing. I am married with 3 teenage children and have a job in Management consultancy. When I do get some time, I enjoy playing FIFA, football, running and DIY.
If you do use a song in a church service or concert, please let me know. I would love to hear how it goes!