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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 —

Who inspires him today?
“There are so many artists that continue to inspire me, “West said, citing “the timeless ones, some of who are in their 50s or 60s today.”
He specifically mentioned James Taylor and fellow contemporary Christian music artists Steven Curtis Chapman as huge inspirations.
West is well-acquainted with Ryan McAfee’s brother, Lance McAfee, who has previously toured with West to tell Ryan’s story.
Ryan McAfee is the former Canadian Cougars basketball standout who died in 2009 in a tragic accident west of McAlester when a piece of heavy equipment fell off a truck and into the path of the car he was driving.
Following the accident, Lance McAfee, found some lyrics he hadn’t seen before on his brother’s computer. He later learned that the words were the lyrics to Matthew West’s song, “The Motions.”
West’s Grammy-nominated song speaks about doing more than just going through “the motions,” not only in trying to live a Christian life, but in other aspects of life as well.
The family decided to have the song played at Ryan McAfee’s funeral. When someone later e-mailed Matthew West about what had happened, he decided to reach out to the McAfee family.
West then offered his support to the Ryan McAfee Memorial Scholarship benefit, and scheduled his first McAlester concert in 2009.
In addition to the concert, there will be a silent auction Thursday for sports, music and movie-related memorabilia, much of it signed or autographed, according to Kellye Medley, one of the organizers of the event.
Portions of the proceeds will go the Ryan McAfee Memorial Scholarship Fund and the rest will go to another charity, Medley said.
The silent auction will be held at the Expo Center and will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, Medley said. Plans call for it to continue through the concert intermission. Winners will be able to take their items Thursday night, she said,

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