Matthew Joseph West (born April 25, 1977) is a contemporary American Christian musician, singer-songwriter and actor. He has published five studio albums and is known for his songs, "More", "You Are Everything" and "The Motions". He was nominated for five Dove Awards in 2005, including two for his first album, Happy. West wins the 2013 American Music Award for Best Contemporary Inspiring Artist.
An independent musician in the late 1990s, he released three independent albums before signing with Universal South Records. With the release of his first Dove award-winning album, Happy, released in 2003, his first single radio, "More," remained at the top of the adult Christian charts for nine weeks and received two Dove Award nominations. . His second album, History, was followed by the re-release in 2006 of the independent album, Sellout.
In addition to his main solo career, West has been a singer-songwriter for many Christian musicians and bands such as Point of Grace, Mandisa, Natalie Grant and Casting Crowns, as well as most country bands, Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus and Vince Gill.
Matthew West was born on April 25, 1977 in Downers Grove, Illinois. As a kid, he was a fan of his hometown baseball team, the Chicago Cubs, and eventually wanted to make a career in baseball.
West wrote most of his first songs in his father's church sanctuary while he was home during the university breaks. According to a statement by West at the 2013 Winter Jam (March 23, 2013): at a Steven Curtis Chapman concert in 1997 at Champaign's Assembly Hall, Urbana, West stated that he was crying profusely, forcing his friends to ask him what was going on. false.
Just before graduating from Millikin University in 1999, a college member recommended West to attend the GMA Music in the Rockies event aimed at aspiring musicians. Although West was not interested at first, he attended after hearing that other people had registered him and were paying his entrance fees.
On July 26, 2002, Barely a week or two before signing a contract with Universal South Records, West injured his left arm, threatening his musical career and playing guitar. He said, "I locked myself outside my house. But I had already done it and I had the means to break through a window. But this time, I had a lot of trouble opening the window.
I started pushing hard on the window and my hand went through the glass. The blood began to vomit all over my left arm and I ran into my street screaming for help. After seeing so much blood, I went into shock and fainted in the middle of the street.