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Matthew West’s The Heart of Christmas offers a holiday-themed assortment of seasonal romantic ballads, classic nativity songs, jazzy numbers, and acoustic folk-country tunes. His warm, supple voice easily applies itself to a cozy, piano-centered version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and a lightly swinging take on “Jingle Bells.” “Silent Night” and “O, Holy Night” are sung with expressive reverence, while “O Come All Ye Faithful” comes decked out in a vibrant gospel arrangement. West’s original tunes are a high point, ranging from the hope-filled “Give This Christmas Away” (a duet with Amy Grant previously included on the 2008 edition of Something to Say) to the buoyant ‘50s-style rocker “Come on, Christmas” and the gently twanging “Leaving Heaven” (featuring Vince Gill on vocals). Saving the most moving song for the end, West recounts a real-life story of holiday compassion in “One Last Christmas,” bringing this well-rounded collection to an uplifting close.

Customer Reviews

All-time favorite

This album is on repeat throughout the Christmas season! Every song is a favorite.. I'd give it ten stars if I could. :) Thank you, Matthew West!


I love Matthew West's songs especially One Last Christmas and the Heart of Christmas because both of the songs were in the movie The Heart of Christmas and it brought tears to my eyes the way the parents dealt with their son's cancer. Every time the songs would play my heart would break for the Locke family. I will give it ten stars and the movie gets ten stars also.

Matthew West Christmas album

Really awesome Christmas I especially love One Last Christmas. I also love O Holy Night I love how he does it.


Born: April 25, 1977 in Downers Grove, IL

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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The Heart of Christmas, Matthew West
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Holiday, Music, Rock, Christian & Gospel, CCM, Christmas
  • Released: Sep 30, 2011

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