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Matthew West is a Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient, and was was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016).
In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards three times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Mandisa, among others. Selling more than 1.6 million albums to date (TEA), West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Live Forever (2015), GRAMMY-nominated Into The Light (2012), The Story of Your Life (2010), Something to Say (2008), History (2005) and Happy (2003).
His latest album All In releases September 22, 2017.
Adding author to his list of accolades, West has written five books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness, Today Is Day One, and his newest release, Hello My Name Is. He is also passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story, so along with his father Pastor Joe West he founded popwe, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life. Please visit popwe.org for more information.
On this episode of the podcast, we talk with Matthew about the release of his new album, his new book, the story of coming to faith in Christ, his love for baseball, why he picked the Patriots to win the Super Bowl (again) and how an accident almost prevented him from becoming the musician he is today.
2:25 – His NFL Super Bowl prediction
8:15 – Growing up with music and sports.
9:55 – Being called up to the Varsity Football team during his sophomore year.
14:25 – When he made faith in Christ his own.
17:05 – Pursuing music early in his career.
19:55 – July of 2002, a poignant moment in his life that almost took music away from him.
24:15 – Finding the inspiration for each song he writes.
28:05 – The power of sharing your story and receiving feedback from others saying “Me Too”
31:00 – What we can expect from his new album “ALL IN”
36:30 – His thoughts on the Cubs winning the World Series and repeating as champs in 2017.
39:15 – What is God teaching him right now?
“God’s in the junk yard business.”
“The grind part of it is very similar with musicians as it is in sports.”
“I love it when somebody tells me I can’t do it.”
“I want to be a guy that says ‘ok Lord, I believe that you put this call on my life, so I believe that you will make the rough places smooth, that you will make a way when there seems to be no way.'”
“I’m so thankful we have a savior that he can carry us through those tough times.”
“A lot of my songs are taken and inspired by true stories.”
“One of the devil’s tricks in all of our lives is isolation. He wants you to feel like you messed up and that you’re the only one.”
“What am I holding back for? I serve a God that has never held back on me. He never gives up on me. He’s gone all in on his love for me, and yet I hold back. I want to reach the end of my life with no regrets. I want to go all in.”
“I stood in my living room, and I was like, ‘why am I crying right now?’ This was amazing.”
“This is on us. God has blessed us with the families we have. I don’t want to get to the end with regrets. I don’t want to miss the boat. We get our children for just a short window.”