Thursday, December 16, 2010

Matthew West

Hot from my email, I just got this about 2 minutes ago! I have a friend who suffered from leukemia, and is now in remission. She spent so much time at St Jude's receiving treatments, and now works to help raise money to help other leukemia patients.I know most of you do not live in the IL area, and won't be able to attend the concert, but I thought you might be interested in helping to spread the word, purchasing a copy of the CD, or just making a year end donation to St Jude's to help out the children who are so bravely fighting serious illnesses there on a daily basis.
Christmas Song from Matthew West Benefitting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital Becomes Viral Sensation with Over Half a Million Views on YouTube and over 140,000 Shares on Facebook

GRAMMY ® Nominee Announces Benefit Concert in Dax Locke’s Hometown of Washington, IL
Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 16, 2010… The official music video for “One Last Christmas,” the latest in a series of story inspired songs from GRAMMY ® nominee Matthew West,  is resonating with viewers online where it has received over half a million views on YouTube and over 140,000 shares on Facebook. The video and song tells the story of a two year-old Leukemia patient named Dax Locke who inspired people all over the country to decorate early for Christmas before he passed away in Dec. of 2009. With the video and song, West is uniting with the Locke family to raise enough money to fund St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, where Dax received care, for one day in his honor.
In addition to all of the proceeds from the sale of the “One Last Christmas” video on www.matthewwest.com, the singer/songwriter is also announcing a benefit concert in Dax’s hometown of Washington, IL on Dec. 30. The show will be held at Five Points Washington, and will begin at 7pm with doors opening at 6pm. Gold circle seating is $20, and general admission will be $10 at the door. For the latest information on the benefit concert, stay tuned to www.matthewwest.com.
To view the video for “One Last Christmas,” visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ye39mgcHC3E
The story also garnered the attention of Lifetime Television who will be featuring Dax’s mother, Julie Locke, as the “Lifetime Remarkable Woman of the Month” as well as posting the video on their website, www.mylifetime.com.
West released The Story of Your Life in Oct. of this year. The album was inspired by 10,000 stories he received from listeners nationwide and 20 countries internationally. He then spent two months in a cabin reading the letters, and writing songs based on the stories.
More information on Matthew West:
GRAMMY ® nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Happy (2003), History (2005) and Something to Say (2008). His latest album, The Story of Your Life, was inspired by 10,000 stories from every state in the U.S. and 20 countries. The album released on Oct. 5, 2010, and garnered attention from CNN Online, Fox News, Billboard Magazine, Country Weekly, American Songwriter and more. The Story of Your Life gave West the largest street week debut of his career selling over 10,000 units the first week landing at No. 3 on Christian Soundscan, and No. 41 on the Billboard Top 200. His songwriting credits include Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more.
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