GRAMMY Award nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West recently partnered with national network K-LOVE Radio for a third consecutive year on its “Next Great Love Song” promotion. The contest drew more than 4,000 submissions from which one entrant was selected to win a custom love song performed by West.
Beginning Jan. 29, listeners were asked to submit their love stories as inspiration for the “Next Great Love Song,” written and recorded by West. On February 5, Grand Prize winner Ann Mathews’ story, recounting her husband’s unconditional love during her near fatal battle with breast cancer, was chosen as the subject of West’s original song “Hold You Up.” The song debuts today on the K-LOVE morning show and is currently available for purchase via itunes at http://tinyurl.com/yjsk588. You can read Ann’s story in its entirety here.
“Doing this ‘Next Great Love Song’ contest with KLOVE has become something I look forward to every year,” says West. “The thought of writing music inspired by the people who actually listen to my music has been really refreshing, and I was honored to read through so many real life love stories. This story from Ann Matthews, a story of unconditional love through some of the most trying circumstances imaginable, had all the ingredients I needed to write the winning song. Thanks to K-LOVE for the opportunity, and to all the listeners for opening a window into their worlds.”
This is the third year West has participated in the “Next Great Love Song” promotion, writing “Waiting For You” in 2008 and last year’s “When I Say I Do.” Mike Tedesco, Promotions Director at KLOVE, comments, “Year after year Matthew West writes a song based on one couples’ love story that ends up deeply resonating with the audience as a whole. Listeners hear Matthew’s song in February and are still emailing and calling us about it 6 months later. That’s powerful.”
For more information on the “Next Great Love Song” promotion, visit KLove.com.
GRAMMY Award nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West catapulted onto the Christian music scene in 2003 with his debut single, “More,” the most played Christian AC song of 2003. The multi-Dove Award nominee has since released three critically-acclaimed recordings, Happy (2003), History (2005), and Something to Say (2008), while dominating radio as the most played Christian artist of 2003, 2008, and 2009, according to Radio & Records. Having never released a single that charted below the Top 10, West’s memorable hits include “Only Grace,” “History,” “Next Thing You Know” and “The Motions.”
Most recently, West was asked to pen the theme song for VeggieTales’ latest Christmas DVD release, Saint Nicholas – A Story Of Joyful Giving. West recorded “Give This Christmas Away” with best-selling, award-winning artist Amy Grant, who performed the radio single alongside Matthew on Fox News programs “Huckabee” and “FOX & Friends.” West’s latest single “Save A Place,” is currently climbing the charts at Christian AC radio.
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