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MATTHEW WEST’S ‘YOU ARE EVERYTHING’ HITS #1 AMIDST
STRING OF NATIONAL TV APPEARANCES AND CONCERTS


NEWS SOURCE: Turning Point Media
March 7, 2008

Matthew West NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Amidst a string of national television and concert appearances, Sparrow singer/songwriter Matthew West is enjoying the top song in the country at Christian AC radio this week with “You Are Everything,” the debut single from his January 15 best-selling release, Something To Say.

Written by West and Sam Mizell, the #1 hit on both R&R’s March 7 Christian AC National Airplay chart and Billboard’s March 15 Hot Christian Songs chart holds deep personal significance for West, following vocal chord surgery last year that left him unable to speak for a total of two months during the ordeal.

“This song took on a new meaning in my life after my surgery,” West says. “Before we can have ‘Something To Say’ to the world, our hearts and our priorities must first be realigned to rely completely on Jesus, and our confidence in Him and His strength. Sometimes it takes being faced with losing something to allow God to truly become your Everything. I see it now.”

Audiences around the country can hear West’s live performance of “You Are Everything” as part of the AT&T sponsored “Boomin’ Beyond Measure” Tour with TobyMac and Jeremy Camp. One of the top tours in Christian music this season, the “Boomin’ Beyond Measure” Tour hit Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis, among other cities, and will conclude later this month.

West can also currently be seen on the Billy Graham Television Special, “America’s Dream: Chasing Happiness,” airing in cities across the U.S. through March 9. The program showcases the world-premiere video of West’s powerful song, “Nothing Else.”

In addition to his latest #1 hit, West, a sought-after songwriter who has penned songs recorded by Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus and Natalie Grant, among others, co-wrote “Voice Of A Savior,” the latest single from American Idol finalist and Sparrow recording artist Mandisa. West also co-penned “Thank You,” the new single from emerging INO band 33Miles.

Something To Say, West’s third studio recording and first project in more than two years, was the highest debut, at #7, on Nielsen SoundScan’s Christian Retail chart for the week ending January 20. Produced by Brown Bannister, Ed Cash and Christopher Stevens, the album is West’s Sparrow Records debut and his most personal project to date.

Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI CMG Label Group is comprised of Sparrow Records, Forefront Records, Credential Recordings and the worshiptogether label, in addition to providing marketing support for sixstepsrecords via a joint venture and licensing partnership. The Label Group is a division of EMI Christian Music Group. For further information, please visit www.emicmg.com.

For further information on Matthew West, visit www.matthewwest.com, www.myspace.com/matthewwestmusic

Matthew West

Sparrow singer/songwriter Matthew West recently appeared at the Star 99.1 “Pastor’s Appreciation Brunch” in New York. West (left), who is pictured with New York Giants star David Tyree, performed several selections at the event and shared his perspective on growing up as a pastor’s son.

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