Matthew West will release a new live EP, Live Before The World Shut Down, on Oct. 30. The project’s six songs were recorded prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and includes a version of the Casting Crowns hit “Nobody,” which West co-wrote.
“Among the many things that have been taken away from us in 2020, live music has been pretty much shut down,” West says. “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 a little live EP called, 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.”
In lieu of in-person live events, West has hosted his own live streaming events and has recently announced his second special event, “West Fall Fest,” live on Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. central. In August, he launched his weekly podcast, “The Matthew West Podcast,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Apple Religion & Spirituality chart.
Live Before The World Shut Down Track Listing
1. “Without You”
3. “Hope Returns”
4. “Love On The Radio”
5. “Truth Be Told”
6. “The God Who Stays”
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