Matthew West Celebrates Upcoming Album And New Single: ‘I Can’t Wait To Lead This In Worship’

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Matthew West Celebrates Upcoming Album And New Single: ‘I Can’t Wait To Lead This In Worship’

By Movieguide® Contributor

Christian music artist Matthew West is ready for the release of his double album My Story Your Glory and gave fans a taste of the new tracks with a single, “You Changed My Name.”

West wrote about the new song in a recent Instagram post and explained the meaning and inspiration behind the song. 

“It doesn’t matter what the world calls you, what the enemy calls you, what your past calls you, or what you’ve called yourself,” he wrote. “You are who God says you are. ‘How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (1 John 3:1)’ New year, new you. Make the choice to answer to no other name but the name you’ve been given: Chosen Child of God.”


West spoke about the song further, calling it “the song declaring the powerful truth in knowing our true identity in Christ.”

“I can’t wait to lead this in worship and I hope its message will remind us all that we are not only saved by grace, we are changed by grace,” the musician shared. 

In a post from last year, West said that My Story Your Glory tells his story, but also the stories of others. 

My Story Your Glory is more than just a motto for me,” West wrote on Instagram. “And turns out, it’s more than just a song. It’s my next DOUBLE ALBUM!”

He continued, “Most of you know me for the stories I share about myself and others who grant me the privilege of sharing their stories. The first part of this album, My Story, is a collection of those personal songs that show how God is working in our everyday lives. Part two, Your Glory, is the first full set of vertical, worship songs that I have written for one of my records.”

Movieguide® previously reported on West’s faith and the impact it has had on his music:

In a recent episode of TAKEAWAYS, Kirk Cameron sat down with Christian musician Matthew West to talk about the power music can have in people’s lives.

West, whose father was a preacher, says he grew up singing and surrounded by music.

“Some of my earliest memories are of singing these powerful hymns,” he told Cameron.

West’s early love for music grew stronger when he discovered contemporary Christian music.

“This music was moving me,” he explained. “These people up on stage were role models, but they loved Jesus, and they were using their gifts to tell a hurting world that there’s hope.”

“As I grew up and began making music myself, I couldn’t separate my art from my faith,” he added.

As West grew in popularity, he recalled that people instructed him to take God out of his music to reach a broader audience.

“That never sat right with me,” West explained. “I never felt compelled to water down my message because my faith in Christ has always been the driving force in my life. My faith is the driving force of my life; how can it not be the driving force of my art?”

Cameron and West added that music specifically can uniquely reach people’s hearts.

“I have seen firsthand how big our God is, that He can use little things,” West said. “He can use something as little as a three-minute song to reach into somebody’s life… music can cut through the clutter and reach straight into somebody’s heart.”

“I feel like my job as songwriter is to extract the hope from what looks like a hopeless situation,” he continued. “When somebody who loves Jesus… digs into these dark times… and dares to believe there’s some hope that can be extracted… that’s when these songs of hope rise up. Songs can rise up… and be used for good in a world that is desperate for hope.”

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