• Play
  • Recently Played

Matthew West

INSIDE THE MUSIC

Matthew West's new song "The God Who Stays" is a testament to God's promise to never leave us or forsake us, Matthew explains it this way...    

"The God Who Stays" really explores one of the beautiful ways that God displays His grace towards us every day, and that's in the form of His presence. The promise of His presence.

             "You're the God who stays
               You're the One 
               Who runs in my direction
               When the whole world
              Walks away

"Throughout scripture, God's trying to tell us something. He's in it for the long haul. He's not gonna change His mind about you and me, based on our performance. He's not gonna give up on us and turn His back on us. He's not the God who leaves, He's the God who stays.
  
               You're the God who stands
               With wide open arms
               And you tell me 

"A lot of people have been abandoned, somebody left them and they wonder if God is going to do the same. I hope this song is a line-by-line and melody-by-melody reminder that God will never leave, He will never forsake. " ~Matthew West

                Nothing I have ever done
               Can separate my heart from
               The God Who stays" 
               - lyrics from "The God Who Stays"

In this video, Matthew reveals more about the story behind his new song:


Experience "The God Who Stays" for yourself and rest in the grace of a God who never leaves us or forsakes us:



ABOUT MATTHEW WEST

Singing and songwriting weren't always part of Matthew's vision for his future career. 

Originally, he wanted to play baseball, professionally. However, when he was offered a four-year music scholarship to Millikan University, he accepted it. It was a decision that changed the direction of his life. During his college breaks, he wrote most of his first songs in the sanctuary of his father’s church, and after graduating from college, a friend suggested that Matthew attend the annual the Gospel Music Association Music in the Rockies event for aspiring musicians.

Eventually making the final round of the songwriting competition, Matthew was offered a songwriting deal. Then after writing songs for established artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Rascal Flatts and Natalie Grant, Matthew continued writing his own songs and eventually signed with Universal South Records.

His first radio single “More” held on to the #1 position on the Christian adult contemporary charts for nine weeks and his second album, History, scored him two more hit radio singles, “Next Thing You Know” and “Only Grace.

In 2007, however, it was no longer smooth sailing when his career took a rather turbulent turn. Turns out, Matthew was on the verge of losing the very voice that endeared him to fans. Instructed to undergo vocal rest for two months by not talking at all, the future of Matthew’s singing career lay in the balance. As it turns out, the treatment worked and God wasn't quite finished using Matthew’s voice after all.

Matthew resumed his singing career and went on to write, “The Motions” and “You Are Everything” which firmly established Matthew as one of the industry’s premiere songwriters.

Another fan favorite, Matthew's song "Do Something," is a great reminder about the importance of serving others by being the hands and feet of Christ, and doing something to make a difference in this world.

"I will never forget meeting Andrea.  If I were judging a book by its cover, I’d say she looked like a college girl, maybe in a sorority or something, lots of friends, bound to be successful someday. But that is not the whole story," the singer shares. "Andrea, a former University of Colorado student had chosen to spend a semester abroad learning micro-financing in Uganda.  While there, she happened upon an orphanage in critical condition. The children were being badly neglected and even abused. That’s when this college student decided to do something. She refused to leave these children until something was done to improve the conditions."

He continues, "Today, Musana is a thriving orphanage in Iganga, Uganda, housing over one hundred children! When asked what it was that made her fight for these children she simply said, “I just kept thinking, ‘If I don’t do something, who will?' Today, so many of us Christians talk so much about being the hands and feet of Christ, but never really displaying what that looks like. It’s not about talking. It’s about doing! It’s time for us to do something!"

"Do Something," is one of the songs included in his 2012 release Into The Light.The album also includes, "Hello, My Name Is"- a powerful redemption song

Into The Light follows Matt's album The Story of Your Life, where Matthew first thumbed through thousands of stories shared by listeners to seek inspiration for his songs. West hosted a "Storytellers Weekend" for the families and individuals who inspired the music on Into The Light and songs from The Story of Your Life. Each of the storytellers were surprised with a concert, commemorative plaques, a special dinner, and a night at the Grand Ole Opry where Matthew performed.

"I was face to face with the real stories of people's lives," Matthew reflected in an interview with K-LOVE's Scott and Kelli. "It made me take a look in my own life, and I realized that a lot of times, I stay safe in the confines of My Own Little World."

Matthew's songs "Grace Wins" and  "Day One," off his album Live Forever (April 2015), were inspired by the words people shared with him about their life experiences. As of 2015, he's received 40,000+ responses to his call out for stories from people all over the world. And, while reading through those stories, he began to notice some common themes.

Like how a lot of people shared the amount of continuous days they'd been sober, or hadn't smoked, or ... fill in the blank. He knew what they meant cause he’d counted before, too. Then Matt read Lamentations 3:23: “His mercies never end, they are new every morning” and he realized, “My counting of consecutive sinless days is something I don’t have to be owned by anymore. So whether you’re on a winning streak or a losing streak, God’s not concerned about that. He’s giving you an opportunity to start over, today is day one.

Matthew has also used his talents on Valentine's Day to bless one K-LOVE listener with a personalized love song. You can see some of his "Next Great Love Songs" below, as well as read the stories that inspired them:

Check out the story behind Matthew West's song "Broken Things" here:




Songs

Preview and Discover the Songs you Love
The God Who Stays (Single)
Matthew West
iTunes  |  Amazon
Unplanned (Single)
Matthew West
iTunes  |  Amazon
Unto Us: A Christmas Collection
Matthew West
iTunes  |  Amazon
A Christmas To Believe In (Single)
Matthew West
iTunes  |  Amazon
The Heart of Christmas
Matthew West
iTunes  |  Amazon
The Heart of Christmas
Matthew West
iTunes  |  Amazon
Wouldn't Change A Thing - Single
Matthew West
iTunes  |  Amazon
The Story of Your Life
Matthew West
iTunes  |  Amazon
WoW Christmas (Green)
Various
iTunes  |  Amazon
Something To Say
Matthew West
iTunes  |  Amazon
Hold You Up EP
Matthew West
iTunes  |  Amazon
History
Matthew West
iTunes  |  Amazon