For me Christmas music time starts early and I start looking around for good new Christmas Music coming out around the end of September. Matthew West's album: The Heart of Christmas, was one of the early entries, so I listened and was impressed and I downloaded the album. I have listened to it quite a bit this season and am more impressed the more I listen.
Matthew West was really excited about baseball when he was a child. He played baseball through High School where he hoped to get a baseball scholarship to a university. Instead he ended up with a music scholarship to Millikin University in Illinois. After graduation he put out three independent albums before signing a contract with a studio to produce future albums. Also after graduation he was offered a deal to write songs and he has written some songs for famous singers.
In 2002 he forgot his keys and was locked out of his house. In his effort to break into his house he ended up cutting his left arm severely and blacked out. He awoke to Spanish speaking construction workers praying over him. He was taken to the hospital and told his chances were slim that he would regain full use of his arm. However, he did indeed regain full use and continues playing the guitar and singing.
In 2007 Matthew started having some difficulties with his voice that soon required surgery to repair. Once again his career was threatened and it was unknown if he would be able to get back to singing. Following the surgery he was prescribed a two month period of no speaking. Fortunately he was able to recover and resume his singing career. During that time a documentary was made of his situation entitled "Nothing to Say". Not surprisingly his next album was called, "Something to Say".
Matthew West has been married going on ten years and has two daughters. Being a family man and a person who has gone through difficulties in life may give him good perspective as he continues to write and sing that are able to touch people and change their lives.
His Christmas album: The Heart of Christmas, came out this year and has a few traditional songs done well. The real strength of the album is the Christmas songs he has written that will be new ones that we will enjoy years into the future. Below I have put the videos from three of them. Enjoy!
Day After Christmas by Matthew West
Give This Christmas Away by Matthew West