Nashville, Tenn. (Nov. 30, 2018) – Tune in this Sunday to watch four-time GRAMMY® nominee Matthew West perform at the 96th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting, airing Sunday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. EST on Ovation and REELZ, thanks to a partnership with the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. At this year's National Christmas Tree Lighting, West collaborated with country music duo LOCASH, and also performed his beloved, upbeat Christmas original, "Come On Christmas." The broadcast will offer a wonderful opportunity for friends and families across the country to tune in and rejoice in this holiday tradition together.
In addition to West, 2018 performers include Abby Anderson, Anthony Kearns, Dominican Sisters of Mary a.k.a. “Caroling Angels,” Gabby Barrett, LOCASH, Paul Cardall, Spensha Baker, Thompson Square, and the United States Army Band "Pershing's Own." Featuring exciting and fun renditions of favorite holiday tunes from the 1920s through today, the broadcast will also include special guests and the official lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President’s Park (White House). The 96th annual National Christmas Tree Lighting is co-presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.
About Matthew West:
Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient and was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016). A recent recipient of the Rich Mullins Impact Award, West also received a Primetime Emmy® Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas” from the film of the same name. In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards three times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Mandisa, among others, and number one cuts by Casting Crowns and Danny Gokey. Selling more than 1.6 million albums to date (TEA), West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: All In (2017), Live Forever (2015), GRAMMY® nominated Into The Light (2012), The Story of Your Life (2010), Something to Say (2008), History (2005) and Happy (2003).
Well known for communicating stories through song, West has received thousands of stories from around the world. His studio album, Live Forever (2015), continued that storytelling theme and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Sales Chart. He has obtained numerous No. 1 singles, most recently with "Broken Things," while achieving a record-setting No. 1 for 17 straight weeks at radio with “Hello, My Name Is” and “The Motions” for 15 weeks.
Adding author to his list of accolades, West has written five books to date: Give This Christmas Away, The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness, Today Is Day One and his newest release, Hello My Name Is. He is also passionate about providing hope and healing through the power of prayer and story, so along with his father Pastor Joe West he founded popwe, a non-profit ministry helping others to craft, share, and live a more meaningful life. Please visit popwe.org for more information.
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