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iTunes ® Countdown Readies Debut of Matthew West’s New Album The Story of Your Life

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iTunes ® Countdown Readies Debut of Matthew West’s New Album The Story of Your Life

“The Story of Your Life Tour” to Kick Off This Weekend

Nashville, Tenn. Sept. 15, 2010... In preparation of Matthew West’s fourth album, The Story of Your Life, iTunes ® will be featuring a weekly countdown with a single premiere and podcasts for three weeks leading up to the Oct. 5 release of the album. The countdown is launching this week with the release of “Strong Enough,” a song inspired by a letter from a single mother of three children after her daughter survived a life threatening car accident and struggled with the long road to recovery. Click here to download the song on iTunes ®.

Following the premiere of “Strong Enough,” iTunes ® will debut “To Me” on Sept. 21 as well as “One Less” on Sept. 28. These releases will also be a part of the iTunes ® “Complete My Album” feature allowing consumers to purchase the full record for a special price. Along with the song, listeners will also be able to download a corresponding video podcast with the story behind each song.

West will embark on “The Story of Your Life Tour” this fall with special guests Jonny Diaz and Josh Wilson in partnership with Operation Christmas Child. The tour kicks off this Thurs., Sept. 16 in South Carolina and will run through early Nov. A complete list of tour dates is included below.

The first single, “My Own Little World” has already received a warm welcome at digital outlets and Christian radio ranking in at top 10 on AC Indicator, No. 14 on the National Christian Audience chart and No. 16 on AC Monitor with over 80 stations playing the song. The songs sets the tone for the entire album and reflects on how the stories changed West. “ I look at the world in a different way,” explains West. “The words of ‘My Little World’ are how this process has changed me. It’s not about me and the irony of this record is that I’ve never been so excited about a record -  and it’s not about me. I’m the singer and the messenger and I connect with these songs, and it fires me up.” To hear the story behind “My Own Little World,” visit http://vimeo.com/14209837.

Thousands of stories from every state in the U.S. and 20 countries were the source of motivation for Matthew West’s fourth Sparrow Record’s album, The Story of Your Life, set to release on Oct. 5. Also available on Oct. 5 is the digital and physical deluxe editions of the album which include four bonus acoustic songs, and videos of the story behind every song on the album.

The well-known singer/songwriter turned to his fans via web and radio for songwriting material for his new album asking them to submit their stories of restoration, celebration, pain, hope and more. One thousand responded in the first two days alone, leading to the thousands that answered from across the world. He then spent two months in a cabin outside of Nashville, Tenn. reading every story and then transforming them into songs for the record. The songs range from joyful stories about adoption and victories over cancer, to heart-breaking letters of abuse and broken homes. “As stories began to pour in by the thousands, I quickly sensed that not only was something special taking place, but that my life was about to change,” explains West. “During those months, my eyes were opened to see the world outside my door like I had never witnessed before.”

More information on Matthew West:
GRAMMY ® Award nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West catapulted onto the Christian music scene in 2003 with his debut single, “More,” the most played Christian AC song of 2003. The multi-Dove Award nominee has since released three critically-acclaimed recordings, Happy (2003), History (2005) and Something to Say (2008), while dominating radio as the most played Christian artist of 2003, 2008 and 2009, according to Radio & Records. Virtually all of West’s singles have charted in the Top 10, including the memorable hits “Only Grace,” “History,” “Next Thing You Know,” “You Are Everything” and the GRAMMY ® nominated “The Motions.”  ”The Motions” was 2009’s most played song at Christian AC radio, and was No. 1 on Radio & Records’ Christian AC Monitored chart and the Billboard Christian chart for 14 weeks as well as the most downloaded Christian digital track 15 weeks running, according to SoundScan. Last year, West was asked to pen the theme song for VeggieTales’ latest Christmas DVD release, Saint  Nicholas – A Story Of Joyful Giving. West recorded “Give This Christmas Away” with best-selling, award-winning artist Amy Grant, who performed the radio single alongside Matthew on Fox News programs “Huckabee” and “FOX & Friends.” Known as both a singer and songwriter, West has penned hits for artists such as Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more. His new album The Story of Your Life releases October 5, 2010.

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“The Story of Your Life” tour dates
* all dates subject to change, please visit www.matthewwest.com or www.facebook.com/matthewwest for the most up to date tour information and tickets.
9/16- Summerville, SC
9/17- Simpsonville, SC
9/18- Asheville, NC
9/19- Charlotte, NC
9/23- Rocky Mount, NC  
9/24- Cary, NC
9/25- Dothan, AL
9/30- Savannah, GA
10/1- Grovetown, GA
10/2- Myrtle Beach, SC
10/3-Murfreesboro, TN
10/5- Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
10/7- Goshen, IN
10/8- West Des Moines, IA
10/9- Jefferson, WI
10/10- Columbus, IN
10/14- TO BE ANNOUNCED
10/15- Adrian, MI
10/16- Louisville, KY
10/17 – Powder Springs, GA
10/21- Springfield, MO
10/22- Lincoln, NE-
10/23- Kansas City, MO
10/24- Fort Wayne, IN
10/27- Oklahoma City, OK
10/28- Colleyville, TX
10/29- Humboldt, TN
10/30- McAlester, OK
11/2- Longwood, FL
11/4- Ocala, FL
11/5- Clearwater, FL
11/6 Avon Park, FL
11/7 Sarasota, FL