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GRAMMY ® Nominees Matthew West and Mandisa Unite for "The Heart of Christmas Tour"

Special Christmas Evening to Impact a Dozen Markets Nationwide




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NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
November 17, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. Nov. 17, 2011… GRAMMY ® recognized artists Matthew West and Mandisa will ring in the holiday season with a special evening of Christmas music as part of "The Heart of Christmas Tour." The shows will hit around 12 markets in the month of December, a full list of events are listed below. The evening of music will include Christmas songs from both artists, including a duet of "Christmas Makes Me Cry," found on both of their holiday projects.

GRAMMY ® nominee Matthew West debuted his first, full-length holiday project on, October 4, titled The Heart of Christmas. The 12 song record features an equal mix of Christmas classics and original holiday tunes penned by West. In addition to Mandisa, fellow GRAMMY ® winners and nominees join West on the album including Vince Gill in "Leaving Heaven" and Amy Grant on "Give This Christmas Away."

The Heart of Christmas movie will premiere on gmc Sunday, December 4 at 7 p.m. ET. Inspired by the true story of the Locke family and West's hit song "One Last Christmas," THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS tells the story of one family's quest for their seriously ill son to experience an early and magical Christmas and how an entire community came together to make it possible. The Locke family's journey and desire to cherish every moment would change their lives as well as millions around the world forever.

Mandisa debuted her own full-length Christmas record in 2008 titled, It's Christmas. The album features such Christmas classics as "It's Christmas," "Joy to the World" and "Little Drummer Boy," along with special duets with West and Michael W. Smith.

World Vision will also serve as a sponsor for "The Heart of Christmas Tour." World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. For more on World Vision, go to www.worldvision.org.

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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 studio 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. In conjunction with Harvest House Publishers, West teamed up with best selling author Angela Thomas for "The Story of Your Life" book. The Heart of Christmas marks West's first full-length Christmas project. A multiple ASCAP "Song of the Year" winner, West has had four No. 1 radio hits including his latest, "Strong Enough." His songwriting credits include Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more. www.matthewwest.com, twitter.com/matthew_west

More information on Mandisa:
Two time GRAMMY ® nominee Mandisa's discography includes True Beauty, It's Christmas, Freedom and now What If We Were Real on Sparrow Records. The season 5 American Idol finalist is also an author with the release of "Idoleyes: My New Perspective on Faith, Fat & Fame." Mandisa was one of only 26 Idols selected to open Walt Disney World's American Idol Experience in early 2009. Known for her transparency, Mandisa has been seen on Today, CNN Online, E! News Live, EXTRA as well as the pages of US Weekly and People discussing her weight loss journey. She is also a multiple GMA Dove Award nominee, and earned her first No. 1 radio hit this year with "Stronger." www.mandisaofficial.com, twitter.com/mandisaofficial

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

 

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