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MATTHEW WEST'S LIVE BEFORE THE WORLD SHUT DOWN EP IS OUT NOW;
Nominated For Four GMA Dove Awards, 51st Annual Awards To Be Held This Evening 
30 October 2020 - Nashville, TN - The live EP, Live Before The World Shut Down, from the multi-award-winning artist and songwriter Matthew West, officially releases today. Recorded earlier this year before the live entertainment industry shut down due to COVID-19, the project features six live recordings including West's version of the No. 1 hit "Nobody," which was originally recorded by Casting Crowns and West, who also co-wrote the song. Other songs on the new EP are his chart-topping "The God Who Stays," his current radio song "Truth Be Told," as well as "Hope Returns," "Without You," and "Love On The Radio," all of which are on West's latest studio recording, Brand New 
West previously shared about the EP, "Among the many things that have been taken away from us in 2020, live music has been pretty much shut down. Our tour buses have been parked, our production placed in storage, and the bands and crews have all been sent home for the most part. It’s made me pretty sentimental lately, missing the beautiful moments that have taken place over the years on stage with audiences across this great country. So, I had this idea to gather some recordings from some of our most recent performances and put out Live Before The World Shut Down. Just listening to these recordings gets me excited to once again be able to gather together and when we do, I have a feeling we will all be singing louder than ever before giving thanks to the God who stays faithful and brings us through! In the meantime, maybe this little live EP can hold you over until we meet again on the road."
Over the past months, Matthew West has continued to engage with his fans by sharing music and encouragement and hosting live streaming events, such as "West Fall Fest" and "West Fest." He also began hosting a weekly “Quarantine Quiet Time” from his home studio with his family and released two new songs that went viral: “Quarantine Life” and “Take Heart." In August, West launched his weekly podcast, "The Matthew West Podcast," which debuted at No. 1 on the Apple Religion & Spirituality chart and to date has received more than 250,000 downloads. Guests have included Max Lucado, Priscilla Shirer, Emmanuel Acho, and Olympian gymnast Shawn Johnson East and her husband Andrew. He also just released a new holiday single, "The Hope of Christmas." 
West, a five-time GRAMMY® nominee, is also nominated for four Dove Awards. The winners will be announced tonight on the 51st Annual GMA Dove Awards airing this evening on TBN at 7pm CT. 
He was also recently nominated for a 2020 Billboard Music Award and named ASCAP's Christian Songwriter of the Year as well as awarded ASCAP Christian Song of the Year for "Nobody." This was the third time in West's career to be named ASCAP's Songwriter of the Year, his fifth for Song of the Year. 
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 Dove Award Songwriter of the Year (Artist) recipient and has RIAA Gold certified and 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.” 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." Earlier this year, he released his new studio album, Brand New, which already produced the multiple-week No. 1 single, "The God Who Stays." In August 2020, he launched his official podcast, "The Matthew West Podcast."
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. 
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