Into the Light by Matthew West on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Matthew West’s Into the Light stays true to the Christian singer/songwriter’s penchant for combining intimate storytelling with grand spiritual themes. The Illinois-raised artist doesn’t skimp on his craft's fundamentals; his latest songs are lyrically incisive and melodically polished, probing topics of shame, sin, and redemption in direct yet poetically tinged language. West builds on this with a diverse production approach that takes him from the title track's modern pop to the string-accented country of “Waitin’ on a Miracle” and the aggressive guitar-centered rock of “We Are the Broken.” The lyrics illuminate the struggles of the abused and imperfect, with “Unchangeable,” “Moved by Mercy," and “Hello, My Name Is” offering particularly vivid expressions of divine love amid the cruelties of the everyday world. The anthemic “Forgiveness” is an album centerpiece, with uplifting words and an ascending melody. West’s vocals are clear and forceful, avoiding histrionics in favor of down-to-earth warmth and compassion. In both sound and substance, Into the Light offers a beacon of faith that burns with hope.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Matthew West’s Into the Light stays true to the Christian singer/songwriter’s penchant for combining intimate storytelling with grand spiritual themes. The Illinois-raised artist doesn’t skimp on his craft's fundamentals; his latest songs are lyrically incisive and melodically polished, probing topics of shame, sin, and redemption in direct yet poetically tinged language. West builds on this with a diverse production approach that takes him from the title track's modern pop to the string-accented country of “Waitin’ on a Miracle” and the aggressive guitar-centered rock of “We Are the Broken.” The lyrics illuminate the struggles of the abused and imperfect, with “Unchangeable,” “Moved by Mercy," and “Hello, My Name Is” offering particularly vivid expressions of divine love amid the cruelties of the everyday world. The anthemic “Forgiveness” is an album centerpiece, with uplifting words and an ascending melody. West’s vocals are clear and forceful, avoiding histrionics in favor of down-to-earth warmth and compassion. In both sound and substance, Into the Light offers a beacon of faith that burns with hope.

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About Matthew West

Before becoming an award-winning CCM artist, Matthew West began his professional career penning hits for other artists, including Billy Ray Cyrus, Rascal Flatts, and Point of Grace. A high-school baseball star, he'd originally hoped to attend college on a sports scholarship; instead, West accepted a four-year music scholarship from Millikin University, where he wound up recording several solo albums before graduating in 1999. On the strength of the spiritual pop songs that appeared on September Sun (1997), Every Step of the Way (1998), and Sellout (2002), he began landing work as a songwriter for hire. West also drew interest from Universal South Records, who signed the artist and released his major-label debut, the Dove Award-winning Happy, in 2003.

History followed in 2005, and West supported the album's release with the first headlining tour of his career. Excessive use of his voice led to severe medical problems, though, forcing West to undergo throat surgery in 2007 to remove multiple polyps. Following a period of vocal rest, he returned in 2008 with Something to Say. The album's lead single, "You Are Everything," became the most-played song on Christian radio in 2008, and West -- now fully healed and singing comfortably -- quickly returned to the studio to record 2010's The Story of Your Life, which also charted well. A holiday album, The Heart of Christmas, arrived in 2011, and was followed by another studio record, Into the Light, in 2012. Three years later, 2015's Live Forever would prove to be another landmark album for West, reaching number one on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart and number 51 on the Top 200. In 2017, West returned with his seventh studio-album, All In, featuring the single "Broken Things." ~ James Christopher Monger & Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Downers Grove, IL
  • BORN
    Apr 25, 1977

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