Contemporary Christian artist Matthew West’s new album “Brand New” explores themes of new life, insecurity, hope and grace while melding together musical styles ranging from pop ballads to guitar-led, Springsteen-like tunes.
Dropping today (Feb. 14), this is the first project West has released under a recently-signed deal with Provident Label group and Sony Music.
Brand New represents a refocus and a rekindled vision in his music, career and life, West told Baptist Press.
He describes the album as one that lets the promises of God become brand new again.
The idea of newness of life being the umbrella theme for the album came as West would tell his testimony in previous concerts.
Sharing the story of how, while sitting on his family’s blue couch as a 13-year-old flipping through channels to find a baseball game to watch, he accidentally stumbled across a Billy Graham crusade, West remembered the moment he realized he wanted to live for Jesus.
The boldness and clarity of that moment is what West calls his “brand-new” moment.
West said he hopes to encourage listeners to get back to the moment where they found new life in Christ and if they have yet to find that life, to be brought to place where they call out to the Lord for hope.
The encouragement to remember those moments started with his own need, he said.
“I came into the studio and I just found myself writing these songs that were based out of this desire for myself to go back to that blue couch,” West told BP.
The 15-track album walks listeners through stories of pain yet offers hope.
“You pick up a lot of baggage along the way in your life,” West said. “There’s times when I’ve felt a long way away from that 13-year-old kid calling out to Jesus on a blue couch, and so in a way this album is about me returning and being reminded that God still sees me as that kid who first called on Him and He’s never loved me less.”
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Source: Baptist Press