Matthew West will release his upcoming album, Brand New, on Feb. 14, 2020. The album marks his first on Provident Label Group/Sony Music and his imprint with Story House Music.
“The title Brand New does represent where I find myself these days,” explains Matthew West about the upcoming release. “Signing with a new label, starting my own management company, building a new songwriting house and studio called The Story House, and with that, a flood of new songs. But the title really has an even deeper meaning than just a representation of where I’m at in my career. Brand New is actually inspired by the idea of looking back, or what’s more, going back. In many ways this is an album about returning to the days when I was a new Christian, and my faith felt fresh and alive.”
The album cover features an old polaroid picture of West sitting on a blue couch, which has significant meaning to him, as well as to the overarching theme of the project.
“I was 13 years old, sitting on a blue couch in my childhood home when I stumbled across a Billy Graham crusade on television, and my life changed,” he shares. “For the first time, something clicked. I realized what my parents had been teaching me was true: that God desired a personal relationship with me. I remember my heart pounding as I heard Billy Graham inviting a stadium full of people to find freedom in God’s love and forgiveness. I prayed that day with my mom and gave my life to Christ.”
As with some of West’s previous albums, his upcoming project will include songs inspired by others’ stories, such as “Too Young Too Soon,” which focuses on the issue of teen suicide.
Several songs from the album have already been released, including “The God Who Stays,” as well as “What If,” and “Truth Be Told.”
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