(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) May 1, 2009 – Sparrow Records singer/songwriter Matthew West tops the Radio & Records Christian AC Monitored chart a third consecutive week with his current hit “The Motions.” The song is receiving additional exposure via select live and broadcast performances as well as on iTunes.
West’s second No. 1 song from his current release Something To Say, “The Motions” is also No. 2 on the Radio & Records Christian CHR chart and No. 6 on its Christian AC Indicator chart this week. Furthermore, the song is the most downloaded Christian digital track two weeks running, according to SoundScan.
West recently performed “The Motions” live at the Vanderburgh County Right to Life event, attended by guest speaker Governor Sarah Palin and Michael Steele, Chairman of the Republican National Committee, in Evansville, Ind. on April 16. He also played the song during a taping of the Trinity Broadcasting Network’s award-winning program “Praise The Lord,” to air this Friday, May 1, at 10:00 pm EST/9:00 pm CST.
In response to the song’s popularity, West created a music video for “The Motions,” which premieres on iTunes this week. The video has already received more than 126,000 plays on tangle.com. He has also developed a devoted web page, www.matthewwest.com/themotions, for fans to voice their commitment to “avoid the trap of simply going through the motions.”
West catapulted onto the Christian music scene in 2003 with his debut single, “More,” which was the most played Christian AC song of 2003. The multi-Dove Award nominee and sought-after songwriter released two critically-acclaimed recordings, Happy (2003) and History (2005); has been a mainstay at Christian radio with memorable hits like “Only Grace,” “History” and “Next Thing You Know”; and has toured with such artists as tobyMac and Jeremy Camp on the wildly popular 2008 “Boomin’ Beyond Measure” tour. In addition, West has penned songs for Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Natalie Grant and Mandisa, among others.
West’s third studio recording, Something To Say, released January 15, 2008 and debuted on Nielsen SoundScan’s Christian Retail Chart at #10, while West was the best-selling Christian artist on iTunes the week of its release. The album’s debut single “You Are Everything” additionally peaked at No. 1 on Christian AC radio and was the most played Christian song of 2008, while “Something to Say” climbed to No. 7 at AC radio. Most recently, West wrapped the 27-city “Something to Say” fall tour featuring label mate Josh Wilson and a WAY-FM/Word Vision tour with Sanctus Real in February. For more information on Matthew West, visit www.matthewwest.com or www.myspace.com/matthewwest.
About EMI CMG Label Group:
Brentwood, Tennessee-based EMI CMG Label Group is comprised of Sparrow Records, Forefront Records, and Credential Recordings, in addition to providing A&R and marketing support for sixstepsrecords via a joint venture and licensing partnership. Balancing freedom, discipline, creativity, profitability and ministry, EMI CMG Label Group strives for excellence in artist development. The Label Group is a division of EMI Christian Music Group. For further information, please visit www.emicmg.com.
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