Who Is Matthew West?
There are few more compelling storytellers in any genre of music than Matthew West. Whether baring his soul through introspective anthems or illuminating the life experiences of others, West has carved a successful career sharing stories that capture the myriad experiences of life. On his latest album My Story Your Glory, West incorporates a new dimension to his artistry by adding worship songs to his musical canon. The double album is an ambitious 22-song opus that includes 12 powerful story songs, much like those that have already been cornerstones in West’s career, as well as 10 soaring, lyrically substantive worship anthems that signal a new creative chapter.
For the Illinois native, his faith and talent have intertwined to fuel a purpose-filled life and impressive career. As an artist and songwriter, he’s scored over 25 No. 1 hits. A five-time GRAMMY Award nominee, West is the reigning NSAI Songwriter-Artist of the Year putting him in the company of previous winners that include Luke Combs, Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan. His win makes him the first Christian artist to take home the honor in 20 years. In 2022, he won his fifth ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year award and also earned Song of the Year for “My Jesus,” which he co-wrote with Anne Wilson and Jeff Pardo. He is the reigning KLOVE Artist of the Year, and over the course of his two-decade career, the Emmy-nominated songwriter has also earned accolades from Billboard magazine, the Gospel Music Association and the American Music Awards. In addition to his own hits, he’s written songs for Casting Crowns, Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Michael W. Smith, Mandisa, Danny Gokey, Amy Grant and others. He’s unveiled Story House Collective, a multifaceted company aimed to champion the next generation of storytellers, creatives and artists, authored six books, hosts The Matthew West Podcast, and along with his father, Pastor Joe West, founded popwe, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life.