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Matthew West’s “One Last Christmas” Raises Over $205,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in Honor of Two Year-Old Former Cancer Patient

The Associated Press, Ladies Home Journal online, US Weekly online, CNN online and More Pick Up on Efforts

West Announces “The Story of Your Life” Spring Tour

West to Perform at Tennessee Governor’s Inaugural Prayer Service

Photo Caption: From L to R: The Lockes, Matthew West and the three women who submitted Dax's story for the song; Regina Dravis, Kelly Revallo and Jennifer Kaeb.

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NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
January 14, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. Jan. 14, 2011… “One Last Christmas,” the emotional song from Matthew West derived from the story of young Leukemia patient Dax Locke, has helped to raise over $205,000 for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital in only one month. Funds were given through purchasing the song and music video, donating on and through a benefit concert held on December 30 in the Locke’s hometown. The $205,000 will support the Locke Family’s effort to fund the hospital for one day in Dax’s honor which costs an estimated $1.6 million.

The benefit concert held in Washington, IL sold out in only 24 hours, and took place on the one-year anniversary of Dax’s death. In addition to ticket sales, donations of over $12,000 were collected at the show where the Locke family was in attendance.

“Matthew’s concert was better than anything I could have imagined,” explains Julie Locke, Dax’s mother. “It was the one year anniversary of my sweet baby Dax's passing and the most special tribute to him. We are forever grateful!”

Ladies Home Journal online, US Weekly online, CNN Online, AOL’s and more covered the story and powerful music video. The Associated Press also included the piece in their holiday coverage which was picked up by ABC News, CBS News, NPR and more. To see the original music video for “One Last Christmas” or donate to the cause, visit

After a successful fall run, West's "The Story of Your Life" tour will launch a spring leg with opener Josh Wilson. A list of tour dates are below, stay tuned to for the most up to date tour information.

West will join The Oak Ridge Boys and Melinda Doolittle this weekend as he performs “Only Grace” at the Tennessee Governor’s Inaugural Prayer Service. The event will be held at The Ryman this Saturday, January 15 to welcome the newly elected Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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, 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.

"The Story of Your Life" tour dates:
* all dates subject to change, stay tuned to for the most up to date tour information.

Feb 19 - Portland, OR
Feb 20 - Issaquah, WA
Feb 21 - Twin Falls, ID
Feb 22 - Boise, ID
Feb 24 - Littleton, CO
Feb 25 - Farmington, NM
Feb 26 - Roswell, NM
Mar 3 - Las Vegas, NV
Mar 4 - Sparks, NV
Mar 5 - Auburn, CA
Mar 6 – Red Bluff, CA
Mar 10 - Columbia, MS
Mar 11 - Chattanooga, TN
Mar 12 - Thomasville, GA
Mar 18 - Naperville, IL
Mar 19 - Valparaiso, IN
Mar 20 - Paducah, KY
Mar 25 - Waukesha, WI
Mar 26 - Sioux Center, IA
Mar 27 - Kohler, WI
Mar 31 - Cedar Rapids, IA
Apr 1 - St. Paul, MN
Apr 2 - Fargo, ND

For more info on Matthew West, visit the JFH Artists Database.



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