Nashville, Tenn. Four-time GRAMMY® nominee Matthew West is slated to perform before major, national television audience on show Katie. West will perform his hit single, “Forgiveness,” which has inspired radio listeners and is featured on his praised new album, Into The Light. Also set to appear on Katie are Renee Napier and Eric Smallridge, whose touching story has become the inspiration behind “Forgiveness.” His performance on ABC’s No. 1 new talk show, Katie, will air tomorrow, Wed., Dec. 19 (check local listings).
These appearances come in the wake of West celebrating two GRAMMY® nods for The 55thAnnual GRAMMY® Awards, bringing his career total to four nominations. He was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Into The Light, as well as a songwriting nomination for his contribution to the Casting Crowns song “Jesus, Friend of Sinners.” Into The Light was released in September to across-the-board praise and stellar reviews.
Matthew West will pre-headline the renowned Winter Jam Tour Spectacular in the spring of 2013, joining fellow GRAMMY® nominee TobyMac, rock phenomenon Red, “Hold Me” songstress Jamie Grace and others. For more information on the Winter Jam Tour, visit:http://www.jamtour.com
About Matthew West:
The New York Times "a vivid and compelling songwriter with impressive approaches to the familiar," four-time GRAMMY® nominee Matthew West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Happy (2003), History (2005) and Something to Say (2008). His 2010 studio album, The Story of Your Life, was inspired by 10,000 stories from every state in the U.S. and 20 countries. The album released on October 5, 2010, and garnered attention from CNN Online, Fox News, Billboard, Country Weekly, American Songwriter and more. The Story of Your Life gave West the largest street week debut of his career selling over 10,000 units the first week landing at No. 3 on Christian Soundscan, and No. 41 on the Billboard Top 200. In conjunction with Harvest House Publishers, West teamed up with bestselling author Angela Thomas for The Story of Your Life book. The Heart of Christmas marked West’s first full-length Christmas project which also boasts the Top 10 mainstream AC radio hit "The Heart of Christmas." A multiple ASCAP “Song of the Year” winner, West has had four No. 1 radio hits including his latest GRAMMY®-nominated tune, “Strong Enough.” His songwriting credits include cuts by Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more. Recently nominated for a Primetime Emmy® Award for Original Music & Lyrics for "The Heart of Christmas" from the film of the same name, West's fifth studio album, INTO THE LIGHT, was released on September 25, 2012, and was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Album for The 55thAnnual GRAMMY® Awards.
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