26 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Matthew West based the songs on The Story of Your Life personal tales submitted by his fans. The Christian singer/songwriter read through over 15,000 letters to distill these accounts of hardship and hope into a batch of bittersweet, ultimately life-affirming tunes. West keeps the lyrics focused upon everyday tragedies and frames them in acoustic-based folk/pop sounds. He confronts child abuse and family dysfunction head-on in “Broken Girl” and “Family Tree,” refusing to gloss over suffering as he offers the promise of better days. Tracks like “One Less” and “To Me” (the latter featuring Leigh Nash’s guest vocals) are light and buoyant, balancing the more serious tone of the gospel-tinged “The Healing Has Begun.” Particularly timely in “In My Own Little World,” a socially conscious up-tempo tune riding a sleek yet jittery track. Collectively, the album addresses sensitive topics in an inspirational way without denying the depth of hurt evident in these stories.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Matthew West based the songs on The Story of Your Life personal tales submitted by his fans. The Christian singer/songwriter read through over 15,000 letters to distill these accounts of hardship and hope into a batch of bittersweet, ultimately life-affirming tunes. West keeps the lyrics focused upon everyday tragedies and frames them in acoustic-based folk/pop sounds. He confronts child abuse and family dysfunction head-on in “Broken Girl” and “Family Tree,” refusing to gloss over suffering as he offers the promise of better days. Tracks like “One Less” and “To Me” (the latter featuring Leigh Nash’s guest vocals) are light and buoyant, balancing the more serious tone of the gospel-tinged “The Healing Has Begun.” Particularly timely in “In My Own Little World,” a socially conscious up-tempo tune riding a sleek yet jittery track. Collectively, the album addresses sensitive topics in an inspirational way without denying the depth of hurt evident in these stories.

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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. ~ James Christopher Monger & Andrew Leahey

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

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