Worship leader, Matt McChlery was born in Zimbabwe. From an early age, it was apparent that he had natural musical ability. Shortly after his 13th birthday, at a 'Penguins In Africa' Christian rock concert, he committed his life to Jesus.
Following this, Matt started getting involved in his school youth group. With a little guidance, Matt taught himself how to play guitar and started facilitating worship at the age of 15. It was at Rhodes University, South Africa, where Matt's songwriting really started to show signs of maturity and were increasingly used to bless his local church. Since then God has been directing his life towards musical ministry.
Songwriting runs in the family as Matt's great, great, great grandfather, Rev. Sabine Baring-Gould wrote the classic hymn 'Onward Christian Soldiers'. Matt believes that some of the anointing he carries is part of a generational blessing as well as an individual mantle and calling upon his own life.
After recording his first single in 2002 , Matt has won various awards for his music and blog and racking up airplay on hundreds of radio stations around the world as well as appearing on the telly a few times.
In early 2016 Matt was diagnosed with cancer (non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma) so took some time out of performing and recording. However he continued to write his blog and chronicled his journey whilst battling the disease which has since become a source of insight and inspiration for thousands of people around the world. Later that year, shortly after finding out that he is now in full remission, his blog achieved ‘Finalist’ position in the Premier Digital Awards in the ‘Most Inspiring Leadership Blog’ category.
Matt lives with his wife Verity and their two children in the UK, teaching at a primary school. At the same time he is Director of Music and Worship Leader at his local church, The King's Church, Wisbech. He is also Chairperson of Wisbech Churches Together and has recently started being represented by ‘Ministry of Music’, a management and bookings agency. Despite being very busy, Matt still continues to write worship songs that he hopes will be a blessing to the body of Christ throughout the world.