'The Matthew West Podcast' surpasses 500,000 downloads in less than 6 months of launching; West receives RIAA Gold certification for Casting Crowns' single ‘Nobody’
Five-time Grammy Award-nominated artist Matthew West will host a Valentine's weekend "West Love Fest – A Brand New Virtual Concert" Feb. 12-14. West and his band will deliver three nights of music, laughs and much more from his home studio, the Story House, in Nashville. This will also mark the first anniversary of his album, “Brand New,” which he will perform top to bottom including his No. 1 single, "Truth Be Told."
Get tickets here for the special event. The "West Love Fest" follows the successful live streaming events last year: "The Heart of Christmas Holiday Festival," "West Fall Fest," and his very first "West Fest."
"A year ago, I was celebrating the release of ‘Brand New’ by filming a special at YouTube’s studios in New York City," West said. "2020 began with such excitement and anticipation of great things to come, but that brand new year sure felt old in a hurry. We’ve all experienced the heartache and pain that this pandemic has brought us. Now, I’m feeling like those two words, 'Brand New,' have taken on new significance as we all long for the day we can get out from this cloud we’ve been under. That’s why we are celebrating the one year birthday of these songs with a special virtual concert, playing the record from top to bottom. Although my band and I would much rather be performing in front of live crowds night after night, these virtual shows have become a really special way to connect with fans around the world and hopefully shine a little light into peoples’ lives."
In addition, West has been awarded his second RIAA Gold-certified single for the hit single, "Nobody" (Casting Crowns). As a co-writer and featured guest on the No. 1 single, West also received a Billboard Music Award nomination and GMA Dove Award nomination for this impactful song last year. West also co-wrote Casting Crowns' No. 1 single and Grammy-nominated song, "Only Jesus," that was also recently awarded RIAA Gold certification. These certifications are a testament to his songwriting success that also earned him the 2020 ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year.
West has also added podcast host to his list of skills as he launched his own show last year. "The Matthew West Podcast" recently surpassed 500,000 download in less than six months of launching on Annie Downs' That Sounds Fun Network. Shows over the past six months have included high-profile guests such as Cody Zeller, Emmanuel Acho and Dr. Dewin L. Gray, Maddie and Tae, Candace Cameron Bure, Lysa TerKeurst and Max Lucado. Click here to listen to this episode and other conversations.
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 and has two RIAA Gold certified and a RIAA Platinum-certified singles. 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. West also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for the title track for the feature film “The Heart of Christmas.” In addition to his own recording career, he has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Mandisa and Danny Gokey, 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 in 2019 for Casting Crowns' song, "Only Jesus," as a songwriter. West also co-wrote Jeremy Camp's multi-week No. 1 song, "Keep Me In The Moment." In February 2020, he released his new studio album, “Brand New,” which produced the multiple-week No. 1 single, "The God Who Stays," and his most recent No. 1 single, "Truth Be Told." In August, he launched his official podcast, "The Matthew West Podcast," on the Annie Downs' That Sounds Fun Network.
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 nonprofit ministry helping others to craft, share and live a more meaningful life.