Recently Family Christian was able to interview artist Matthew West. Please read the interview below and be looking for his release of "Believe" on October 14th. His single "A Christmas to Believe in" is sure to speak to your heart this Christmas season. We are thrilled that his album is going to be available exclusively at Family Christian stores!
FC: Matthew, Hello! How are you?
MW: I am doing great. Thanks to you, I've been in the Christmas spirit since July!
FC: Thank you for taking the time to talk with us today. You know we are so excited for your October 14th release of Believe. Can you tell us about the inspiration behind your song “A Christmas to Believe in” ?
MW: When I was asked to write a song based on this broader theme of "believe," the first title idea that popped into my head for some reason was, "A Christmas To Believe In." Something just felt classic and special about that. Then, I began to unpack all of things that title could mean. One of the things I wrote down on my lyrics sheet one day was a list of titles that substituted other words where the word "believe" would be. I began to think of what, sadly, Christmas might actually feel like for so many hurting people. For the person battling depression around the holidays, they might say it's "A Christmas to SURVIVE." For the unemployed father who's worried about providing for his family, he might be feeling like it's "A Christmas to try to AFFORD." For the family that's been torn apart and is dreading the one time of year that they all have to be under one roof it could be looked at as "A Christmas to ENDURE." And the list went on and on. I guess this song is my wish for people, that they will be reminded this December how the word "believe" is powerful enough to erase all of those other words we might be using to describe this Christmas; that the One we believe in is strong enough to flood our hearts with hope this year and show us what a Christmas to Believe In is really like.
FC: What is your favorite Christmas memory from your childhood?
MW: My favorite Christmas memory is actually in the final lyrics of this song. "It's grandpa's bible opened up, to Luke chapter two..." Every Christmas morning my dad would stop us before opening all of the presents and we would read the story of the birth of Christ. There was something very centering about that moment before the chaos ensued; our hearts were brought back to the reason why each Christmas really is a Christmas to believe in.
FC: I hear that you are currently working on your next project and I’d love to hear about it.
MW: Yes, I'm very excited about it! And I'm also a bit nervous. But those are always two emotions that seem to precede every record I do, and those are two emotions that seem to always mean that something special is around the corner in my life and in my journey of faith. With this new record, I'm a man on a mission encouraging people to become a storyTELLER, not just a storyKEEPER. I have been encouraging folks over the past few years with my records that their life is a story that God is telling, but there is not power in simply keeping that story to ourselves, God wants to use our story to change the world. So, I'm giving people a chance to tell me their story. We've received thousands of stories at my website so far, and I'm spending two months hidden away in a cabin reading every one of them and writing the new songs!
FC: Thanks again for your time today Matthew. All of us here at Family Christian are incredibly honored that you wrote “A Christmas to Believe in” for us to have in our stores and online. We want to take the time to thank you again. We truly appreciate it. It does mean a lot to us.
MW: I was honored to write the song for this project, and I hope the heartbeat of the song's message will ring true for all who get the chance to hear it this Christmas.
FC: One last question: We believe strongly in the power of prayer and we would like to ask you how we can be praying for you.
MW: I would appreciate your prayers for my time spent in the cabin reading stories and writing these new songs. I want my heart to be open to what God is showing me and I am praying that I continue to write songs that tell the greatest story ever told!
FC: Thank you Matthew. Take care and be blessed.