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NEWS: Matthew West Named BILLBOARD Hot Christian Songwriter Of The Year; Wraps Up A Huge 2016!

By December 12, 2016News

Recognitions From Billboard, ASCAP, Five No. 1 Songs At Radio And More Encapsulates An Extraordinary 2016 for West

9 December 2016 – Franklin, Tenn – Following numerous No. 1 radio singles, songwriting awards, touring in front of a million people and even co-hosting the K-LOVE Fan Awards for a second time, 2016 has been an extraordinary year for award-winning artist and renowned songwriter Matthew West

Most recently, West has been named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year. This news comes on the heels of being touted by ASCAP as their 2016 Christian Songwriter-Artist of the Year. West previously received this honor from ASCAP in both 2013 and 2015. 

This year alone, West has five No. 1 radio singles to his name, his own for “Grace Wins,” as well as for co-writing Casting Crowns’ “Just Be Held” and “One Step Away,” and “Tell Your Heart To Beat Again” by Danny Gokey. He also wrote country star Scotty McCreery’s top radio hit “Feelin’ It,” which earned West his first ASCAP Country award. West’s current single, “Mended,” is continuing to climb the charts at radio and can be found on his current album, Live Forever.

Announced earlier this year, West earned three ASCAP Most-Performed song awards for his own chart-topping singles, “Grace Wins” and “Day One,” as well as for Casting Crowns’ “Just Be Held.”     

2016 took West across the U.S. from festivals, headlining his own shows and other major tours, sharing his music live in front of more than one million people. He kicked off the year by co-headlining WinterJam and joined the tour again this past November headlining WinterJam West Coast, and he is currently on NewSong’s Very Merry Christmas Tour throughout this month. 

On October 21, West debuted his second full-length holiday album, Unto Us: A Christmas Collection (Capitol CMG). The album features ten tunes, five that are brand new along with five of his biggest Christmas hits such as “Come On, Christmas,” which has received tremendous success by being played in over 65,000 retail stores throughout this season. Unto Us: A Christmas Collection is a holiday collection sure to get every listener in the spirit and is a reminder of God’s love and faithfulness – the true reason for the season. 

Adding author to his list of accolades, West has written four books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness, and Today Is Day One. He will release his next book, Hello, My Name Is.… on April 18, 2017.

Earlier this fall Matthew West announced the launch of Story House Collective, a new venture inspired by his desire to translate his and others’ stories into impactful experiences. The multifaceted company will house a variety of media and ministry entities, including West’s nonprofit ministry, popwe

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Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient, and was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016). West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas” from the film of the same name. In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards two times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Mandisa, among others. Selling more than 1.6 million albums to date (TEA), West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Live Forever (2015), GRAMMY-nominated Into The Light (2012), The Story of Your Life (2010), Something to Say (2008), History (2005) and Happy (2003). He just released a holiday album this season, titled Unto Us: A Christmas Collection

Well known for communicating stories through song, Matthew West has received thousands of stories from around the world. His latest album, Live Forever, continues that storytelling theme and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales Chart. He has obtained numerous No. 1 singles, most recently with “Grace Wins,” while achieving a record-setting No. 1 for 17 straight weeks at radio with “Hello, My Name Is” and “The Motions” for 15 weeks.  

On the road year-round, he has headlined many of his own tours, such as the Live Forever Tour that ran through Fall 2015. He also headlined both WinterJam Tour Spectacular shows in 2016, which is the No. 1 tour in the world.


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