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November 5, 2013

Matthew West 'Into the Light: 'It's going to be a great night'

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McALESTER —

West said his Into the Light tour has been different. Why?
“Part of it is having a hit song; that’s kind of cool,” West said. “It adds to the buzz.”
He’s also glad his own career continues to gain momentum.
“I didn’t expect it after five records,” he said.
Although West has been recording for about five years, it took years of work beforehand to reach the point where he could release his first album.
He’s just released a new DVD, with live performances from his “Into the Light” album.
He said his new single will be “Do Something,” an jumpy, up tempo number form “Into the Light.”
Although in the midst of a tour, he’s also busy making future plans.
“I have a lot on the horizon,” West said. “Next year, I’ll be a guest speaker and performer at the Women of Faith conferences.”
West has kept his performances fresh and judging from the audience reaction, exciting, during his previous McAlester appearances.
“I want to sing every song like it’s my first time,” he said. Although he may have performed a song many times, he realizes it may be the first time someone has seen him perform it.
West also talked about living in Nashville. While known as a center for country music, it’s also the base for a number of contemporary Christian and gospel artists.
“I think it’s a neat environment overall,” West said.
“The creative community is all around you, great songwriters and producers.”
What about his input on the production of his records.
“When a painter paints, he’s putting the paint on the canvas,” West said, while giving a nod to his own producer. “He’s not asking someone else to tell him what color to use.”

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