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JOIN MATTHEW WEST AND FRIENDS FOR WEST FRIENDS FEST - THIS WEEKEND!
3 May 2021 - Nashville, TN - Matthew West's West Fest is back, and this time, he's bringing along some very talented friends! Happening this weekend, May 7-9, West Friends Fest is a one-time-only virtual event.
West, joined by his band, is honored to share the stage with many of his dearest friends and collaborators, welcoming Carly Pearce, Annie F. Downs, Austin French, Micah Tyler, I AM THEY, Rhett Walker, CAIN, Leanna Crawford, Anne Wilson, Baylor Wilson, and Hope Darst to The Story House in Nashville, TN.
With five different options to watch - Friday, May 7 at 7pm ET and 10pm ET, Saturday, May 8 at 7pm ET and 10pm ET, as well as Sunday, May 9 at 6pm ET - various ticket options are available. Click here for more information and to purchase. 
"After a season dominated by the word 'separation,' I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been craving community," West shares. "The closest I was able to get to many of my artist friends was an occasional songwriting session on Zoom. So as the weather warms up and the country slowly opens, I invited some of my friends over to the Story House for a virtual event like none other we’ve done. This is a night filled with never before performed duets and collaborations, but most of all, this will be a night filled with songs of hope from some of my favorite artists, finally all together!"  
Carly Pearce states, "I love Matthew not only as an artist, but as a person. He has made his vision come to life with The Story House and from the moment I sang my vocals on “Truth Be Told” there, I knew it was a special place. I’m excited for everyone to be able to be a part of that room."
Logan Cain of the band CAIN adds, “West Friends Fest represents exactly what we think the music industry should be. Someone with as much success as Matthew could just have his own show but he decided to share his platform with all of us. It truly is a sign of how collaborative and connected the Christian music community really is.” 
West Friends Fest could not happen without its amazing sponsors - Fellowship Home Loans, Hope On Demand, Compassion International, and popwe. Fellowship Home Loans, the event's main sponsor, was founded in 2015 with a fundamental belief that people deserve honesty and integrity in home finance. At the heart of Fellowship, Michael Rakeman and Brian Schiele lead with shared core values of fulfilling client needs first,  providing the best possible purchase or refinance solutions. This foundation of trust has allowed Fellowship Home Loans to say Welcome Home to thousands of families across America. Intercontinental Capital Group, dba Fellowship Home Loans, equal housing lender, NMLS 60134. Find out more here.
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ABOUT MATTHEW WEST: Matthew West is a five-time GRAMMY nominee, a multiple ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner, and a 2018 GMA Dove Award Songwriter of the Year (Artist) recipient and has two RIAA® Gold-certified and a RIAA Platinum-certified singles. He has received an American Music Award, a Billboard Music Award, a K-LOVE Fan Award, and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year. West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for the title track for the feature film “The Heart of Christmas.”
It was last month when the five-time GRAMMY® nominated singer, songwriter, and artist announced the release of his Brand New Deluxe Edition (Story House Collective/Provident Label Group). Encompassing 32 tracks, which includes live and acoustic versions along with the originals from the Brand New album, the deluxe version also offers West's individually released songs from the past year, "Take Heart," "Quarantine Life," and his duet with CMA Awards® winner and three-time ACM® Awards nominee Carly Pearce for "Truth Be Told." An exclusive Brand New Deluxe Edition through Apple Music also dropped last month, a specialized version including an additional 20 videos along with the 32 audio, live, and acoustic tracks. Brand New, which originally released last year, has already produced two back-to-back No. 1 radio singles, "The God Who Stays" and "Truth Be Told." 
In addition to his own recording career, he has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Mandisa, Danny Gokey, and others, along with back-to-back No. 1 songs by Casting Crowns including their single, "Nobody," which features West. He was also nominated for a GRAMMY Award in 2019 for Casting Crowns' song, "Only Jesus," as a songwriter. West also co-wrote Jeremy Camp's multi-week No. 1 song, "Keep Me In The Moment." In February 2020, he released his new studio album, Brand New, which produced the multiple-week No. 1 single, "The God Who Stays," and his most recent No. 1 single, "Truth Be Told." In August 2020 he launched his official podcast, "The Matthew West Podcast," on the Annie Downs' That Sounds Fun Network.
Adding author to his list of accolades, West has written five books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness, Today Is Day One and Hello, My Name Is. He is also passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story. Along with his father, Pastor Joe West, they founded POPWE, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life. Please visit popwe.org for more information. For all things Matthew, visit his site at MatthewWest.com.
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