Matthew West hopes third trip to Issaquah is a charm

September 17, 2013

By David Hayes

The son of a preacher, Matthew West never really considered following in his father’s footsteps.

“It’s too hard of a job,” West said by phone from his home in Nashville.

But this four-time Grammy nominated singer/song writer doesn’t consider himself a stereotypical rebel, either.

Matthew West

Matthew West

“I’d say, I haven’t really drifted too far from my father,” he said. “I guess in my own ways, I am a bit of a preacher.”

West brings his songs of hope and faith from his fifth album and national tour “Into the Light” to Issaquah Oct. 6. The stop at Eastridge Church will be his third, including a gig to help mark the church opening in March 2010. On his last stop in 2011, church officials said his concert sold out the 1,370-seat auditorium three weeks before the show.

For his last album, the Nashville artist took a different path to write songs — he solicited stories from his fans in hope of receiving inspiration.

“The songs I write are inspired by true stories, each with a unique element,” West said. “Instead of telling about my life, I’m telling about their lives.

West said he received 25,000 stories from across the country and around the world. The result of inspirational tales was his last album, “The Story of Your Life.”

One of those stories was from Klahanie resident Melody Christensen, whose tale of beating breast cancer inspired West’s song, “Survivors.” West said he plans to meet with Christensen while in town.

While on tour for his last album, West said he had so many leftover stories, that he was still writing new songs from the road while touring. The first song from his latest album “Hello, My Name Is” has now spent 17 weeks at No. 1 on the Contemporary Christian chart.

“It’s been an amazing experience. It’s a passion of mine, working on songs that help people in their lives,” West said. “There’s just something about a three-minute song that helps make a difference.”

West added he’s also excited to be joined on this tour with Contemporary Christian artists Sidewalk Prophets and Jason Castro, most renowned for his third-place finish on American Idol.

“They’re an amazingly talented group of musicians,” West said. “From start to finish, it’s going to be an unbelievable show.”

In addition to some surprises during the performance, West said he’s looking forward to joining the parishioners of Eastridge for their morning service, not something he has time to do in every stop along his 30-city tour.

“I’ve become friends with a great group of people there in Issaquah,” West said. “If I land in a particular city like this, I like to show up for their services as well.”



If you go

Matthew West ‘Into the Light’ tour

  • 7 p.m. Oct. 6
  • Eastridge Church
  • 24205 S.E. Issaquah Fall City Road
  • $15 general admission
  • 800-838-3006 toll free
  • http://eastridgechurch
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