FIVE-TIME GRAMMY® NOMINATED ARTIST MATTHEW WEST RELEASES HIS NEW FULL-LENGTH HOLIDAY ALBUM, WE NEED CHRISTMAS, AVAILABLE NOW
|NASHVILLE, TENN. (OCTOBER 29, 2021) Multi-GRAMMY nominated artist Matthew West rings in the holidays with his new full-length album, We Need Christmas, available today. In addition to his new album, West will be celebrating the season in December with his "We Need Christmas" tour. This project marks West's third Christmas album, and it is comprised of classics reimagined in his own style as well as original songs such as the title track and the Thanksgiving 2020 overnight sensation "Gobble Gobble." Celebrating today's release and beginning the holiday season early, he is premiering the music video for "We Need Christmas" on YouTube today at 11 am CST here. |
"These past couple of years have felt like peace is in short supply, hope has been hard to find, and love and joy have been lost for so many," shares Matthew West about the inspiration for his new project. "Christmas is a time when our hearts can be powerfully reminded that the peace, hope, love, and joy we all need can still be found in a savior. We Need Christmas combines my love of the classics like 'I’ll Be Home for Christmas,' with my love for writing and composing songs I hope will be new classics for years to come. Holiday albums give me a chance to be eclectic in musical styling, and hey, it was even fun to get dressed up in a tuxedo! My wife said I clean up good. So this Christmas album is already a win for me!"
Along with his tour, West's non-profit PopWE will be partnering up for some unique holiday giving back campaigns throughout the next two months. During the Thanksgiving season, PopWE is joining forces with Samaritan's Purse to help provide meals for the hungry around the world. Into the Christmas season, they will be searching for families and individuals who need Christmas and will surprise them with a financial gift to help during the season. In addition, you will be able to find a special devotional series called "We Need Christmas" here. West continues to impact his fans with his songwriting as he was recently awarded ASCAP's Christian Songwriter of the Year for the fourth time in his career. West was also nominated for four 2021 GMA Dove Awards: Song of the Year ("Truth Be Told"), Songwriter of the Year (Artist), Inspirational Song of the Year (co-writing "There Is A God" for Phillips, Craig & Dean), and for Short Form Video of the Year ("Truth Be Told"). And his current single "What If" is climbing to the top of the charts coming in this week at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart, and he currently has six songs he has co-written in the Top 30 the same chart. Fans can also hear incredible stories told during his own Matthew West Podcast, where he celebrated more than 1 million downloads in its first year. Weekly he helps others tell their stories to help make an impact in people's lives. Check his podcast out here on the Annie F. Downs' That Sounds Fun Podcast Network.
ABOUT MATTHEW WEST: Matthew West is a five-time GRAMMY nominee, a four-time ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner, and a 2018 GMA Dove Award Songwriter of the Year (Artist) recipient and has two RIAA® Gold-certified and an RIAA Platinum-certified singles. He has received an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, a K-LOVE Fan Award, and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year. West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for the title track for the feature film “The Heart of Christmas.”
In early 2020, West released his studio album, Brand New, which has produced two back-to-back No. 1 singles, "The God Who Stays" and "Truth Be Told." During the pandemic, West individually released songs like "Take Heart," "Quarantine Life," "Gobble, Gobble," and two duets for "Truth Be Told" one with CMA Awards® winner and three-time ACM® Awards nominee Carly Pearce and another version with multi-genre artist Lathan Warlick.
In addition to his own recording career, he has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Mandisa, Danny Gokey, and others, along with back-to-back No. 1 songs by Casting Crowns including their single, "Nobody," which features West. He was also nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2019 for Casting Crowns' song, "Only Jesus," as a songwriter. West also co-wrote Jeremy Camp's multi-week No. 1 song, "Keep Me In The Moment." In August 2020 he launched his official podcast, "The Matthew West Podcast," on the Annie Downs' That Sounds Fun Network.
West has written five books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness, Today Is Day One and Hello, My Name Is. He is also passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story. Along with his father, Pastor Joe West, they founded POPWE, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life. Please visit popwe.org for more information. For all things, Matthew, visit his site at MatthewWest.com.