Five-time GRAMMY® nominated artist Matthew West launches "The Matthew West Podcast" today on best-selling author, speaker and popular podcaster Annie F. Downs' That Sounds Fun Network. "The Matthew West Podcast" joins six other podcasts on the That Sounds Fun Network, which launched in May and already touts millions of downloads.
Today, West debuts three episodes available now with a new episode releasing weekly. Click here to listen to the trio of episodes that feature Casting Crowns' frontman Mark Hall, mother and daughter Korie Robertson and Sadie Robertson Huff and a special Q&A episode with West that will be a monthly feature.
"After working behind the scenes for several months, I'm excited to finally release my very own podcast," shares Matthew West. "My whole music career has revolved around the power of story. I've always been passionate about telling the stories of peoples' lives through my music because I've seen the impact it can make. Now, I'm carrying that same passion for stories to the podcast format. Each interview will feature a unique conversation with some of my favorite artists, athletes, authors and influencers whose stories have impacted my life. People are going to be inspired and challenged by the stories of folks like Sadie and Korie Robertson, Mark Hall from Casting Crowns and many more. I can't wait for the world to hear these stories!"
Each week, West will welcome artists, authors, professional athletes and more to get to the heart of their stories as well as share the stories from those that have inspired his heartfelt music and conclude with some encouraging words from his dad, Pastor Joe West.
"Every episode will also have a musical component called 'Songs From The Story House' where I get to share the stories of people's lives who have inspired the songs," continues West. "From the inspiring story of a fourteen year old walking miracle named William, to the incredible story of Renee, who lost her daughter in a drunk driving accident but discovered the life changing gift of forgiveness, I believe these stories are going to challenge listeners to see the power in their own stories. So here we go! This is gonna be fun."
Tonight he is hosting,"West Fest," live from Nashville. Since most festivals are canceled this summer, he wanted to bring his fans their own festival. "West Fest" will feature his band performing the set list voted by ticket holders and special appearances by Leanna Crawford and Annie F. Downs. The evening is sponsored by Compassion International. Click here to purchase tickets.
Fans can also catch West hosting the two-part series, "The Truth I'm Standing On," a concert featuring high-profile recording artists such as Zach Williams, for KING & COUNTRY, Mandisa, CeCe Winans, Matt Maher, Newsboys, Danny Gokey, Christine D'Clario and Leanna Crawford, sharing songs about healing during this difficult time for our country and world.The two-part event is presented by the Museum of the Bible and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). Part one aired last week, and part two will air Friday, August 7, at 8, 9, 10 and 11 pm ET. The concert may also be watched via TBN's Facebook live stream and via the TBN mobile app. Christian music broadcaster K-LOVE will also stream Friday's concert on its website and Facebook page.
ABOUT MATTHEW WEST:
Matthew West is a five-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and a 2018 Dove Award Songwriter of the Year (Artist) recipient. 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. A recipient of the Rich Mullins Impact Award, West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for the title track for the feature film "The Heart of Christmas." He has been awarded a RIAA Gold certification for his single "Hello, My Name Is" and RIAA Platinum certification for the song "The Motions."
In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards five times and 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 is also the co-writer of Jeremy Camp's 2020 multi-week No. 1 radio single, "Keep Me In The Moment." 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 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.