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GRAMMY NOMINEE MATTHEW WEST TO HEADLINE THIRD, EXCLUSIVE LEG OF THE STORY OF YOUR LIFE TOUR

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Jonny Diaz to Join West on Fall Line-Up

Nashville, Tenn. Aug. 23, 2011… After selling out the majority of spring dates across the country, “The Story of Your Life Tour” with headliner Matthew West joined by Jonny Diaz will embark on a limited run of the popular tour this October. The string of shows will hit over a dozen markets including stops in Tennessee, New Hampshire, Maine, Illinois and Texas.

The tour’s namesake comes from West’s latest and best-selling album as well as his newest book The Story of Your Life: Inspiring Stories of God at Work in People Just Like You. West partnered with best selling women’s author Angela Thomas for the book which will release in September with Harvest House Publishers. Both projects were inspired from 10,000 real-life stories that West received ranging in topics of bullying, divorce, adoption and more.

West’s latest radio single “Strong Enough” has landed in the top 5 on both the AC-Indicator and National Christian Audience charts, and in the top 10 at AC-Monitored. He will release his first, full-length Christmas album, The Heart of Christmas, this October with Sparrow Records/EMI CMG.

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More information on Matthew West:
GRAMMY ® nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Happy (2003), History (2005) and Something to Say (2008). His latest album and book, The Story of Your Life, was inspired by 10,000 stories from every state in the U.S. and 20 countries. The album released on October 5, 2010, and garnered attention from CNN Online, Fox News, Billboard Magazine, Country Weekly, American Songwriter and more. The Story of Your Life gave West the largest street week debut of his career selling over 10,000 units the first week landing at No. 3 on Christian Soundscan, and No. 41 on the Billboard Top 200. His songwriting credits include Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more.

More information on Jonny Diaz:
There is no question that Jonny Diaz is an artist with a mission - to serve the Body of Christ. And from the very beginning of his music career, his desire has always been to write songs that encourage and entertain, yet challenge fellow believers. And his latest CD, Jonny Diaz, just released this spring, is a collection of songs that definitely accomplishes that mission. The songs from Jonny Diaz encompass a full range of human emotions – from the heights of love to the depths of grief; from praising God to a cry for those whose lives are broken. Through his music, the Church receives challenging and encouraging reminders that every broken human life can find redemption in God’s love. Diaz was a 2010 GMA Dove Award nominee for New Artist of the Year and won an ASCAP Music Award in 2010 for his #1 hit, "More Beautiful You," as one of the most performed Christian songs of the year. “More Beautiful You” also hit top 25 on Billboard’s mainstream AC/Pop chart, was top 12 on Clear Channel’s online program, was the 3rd best Christian song of 2009 (AOL Radio) and has received more than 170,000 single downloads and over 100,000 spins to date. For more information, please visit jonnydiaz.com.




“The Story of Your Life Tour" Dates
* all dates subject to change, visit www.matthewwest.com for the latest tour information.
10/6/11 Knoxville, TN
10/13/11 Greenland, NH
10/14/11 Lewiston, ME
10/15/11 Charleston, ME
10/20/11 – Carmel, IN
10/23/11 - Bourbonnais, IL
10/28/11 Lafayette, LA
10/29/11 Harlingen, TX
10/31/11 – San Antonio, TX