NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 27, 2023)
MATTHEW WEST brings the magic of the true meaning of Christmas alive with new track “Because of Bethlehem” today across all digital streaming platforms. Penned by West, the song was inspired by New York Times bestselling author Max Lucado’s book of the same title. Featuring West’s uplifting vocals, “Because of Bethlehem” serves as a reminder of the promise of God’s love by sending us His son, Jesus, and the bona fide reason for the season.
“I’m so excited to share this new song for the holidays,” shares West. “This song was actually inspired by a book written by one of my favorite authors, Max Lucado. I saw the title of the book, Because of Bethlehem, and immediately thought, ‘that would be a great song title!’ Then it became my mission to write a song and surprise my friend Max with lyrics that would hopefully capture the same heartbeat of his book. The message is this: the hope of the world had humble beginnings. It’s because of Bethlehem and the birth of a savior that we can experience joy, love, peace, and even the hope of eternity.”
West is set to hold his second annual Come Home for Christmas weekend in Franklin, Tenn. on December 1-3. The weekend includes events such as a Christmas dinner with the West family, the Franklin tree lighting, a meet and greet, worship time and much more. He will also be taking the stage at the Fisher Center for a special concert on December 2 performing holiday classics, his original tune “Come Home For Christmas,” surprises and more.
Earlier this month, West was honored with ASCAP’s prestigious Golden Note Award, presented to songwriters, composers, and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Prior winners include Garth Brooks, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Reba, Jay-Z, Usher and more. Additionally, he celebrated another milestone success – he notched his 30th number one song as an artist-songwriter combined.
Dubbed by Billboard as “one of Christian music’s most prolific singer-songwriters,” his latest album, MY STORY YOUR GLORY, is out now. Composed of 22 tracks, the first part of the double album, MY STORY, embodies the countless stories fans have shared with the songwriter over the years as well as personal experiences, while the second part, YOUR GLORY, marks the first official Gospel worship album. The 5x GRAMMY® nominee is currently captivating audiences across the country on his MY STORY YOUR GLORY Fall Tour with special guest Micah Tyler.