Christian singer and writer Matthew West is currently on tour with "The Story of Your Life."
A pastor's son, West grew up in Downers Grove, Ill. and released three independent projects before signing to a major label and issuing his first studio album, "Happy." "The Story of Your Life" is his third major studio release.
According to West's website, songwriters are an introspective breed whose personal experiences shape their music. Over the years, West claims he has definitely plumbed the depths of his soul for sweet inspiration. Yet on his new album, West looked to his audience to provide grist for his creative mill. The result was "The Story of Your Life," an album that tackles a diverse array of real life subject matter and finds West exploring tender territory rarely tapped in contemporary pop music.
"I know how to write songs about my life, my experiences and my journey, my faith and my love," West said. "Yet along comes an idea for a record called 'Story of Your Life' and instead of writing what I know and writing songs about my life, the idea is to turn the microphone around to the people who listen to my music. I wanted them to send me their stories."
His new Sparrow Records album seemed a natural follow up to West's previous release, "Something to Say," which spawned the Grammy-nominated, 14-week No. 1 radio hit "The Motions."
In addition to writing songs that have made him a Dove Award-nominated artist in the Christian market, West's songwriting skills have also earned him the respect of artists in other musical genres. His songs have been recorded by multi-platinum country trio Rascal Flatts and other country artists such as JoDee Messina, Steel Magnolia and Billy Ray Cyrus. West's songs have also been cut by other Christian artists, including Michael W. Smith, Mark Schultz, Mandisa, Jump5, Sara Groves, Joy Williams, Salvador, Natalie Grant, PureNRG and Point of Grace.
West's last tour date is scheduled for Nov. 7 in Sarasota, Fla.