Sparrow Records singer/songwriter Matthew West garners a No. 1 single this week with â€œThe Motions,â€ according to the Radio & Records Christian AC Monitored chart. The event marks Westâ€™s second No. 1 song from his current release, Something to Say, following â€œYou Are Everything,â€ which was the most played song of 2008.
In addition to topping the Christian AC Monitored chart, â€œThe Motionsâ€ currently holds at No. 2 on the Radio & Records Christian CHR chart and No. 5 on its Christian AC Indicator chart.
â€œI want to thank Christian radio stations around the country for once again allowing me to connect with their listeners through my music,â€ says West. â€œThe song was inspired by my desire to break free from simply going through the motions in my life and faith. It’s so easy to live a luke warm kind of life. I’m so glad the song seems to have struck a chord, and I hope it can continue be a reminder that life is too short to simply go through the motionsâ€
â€œThe power of â€˜The Motionsâ€™ has delivered a tremendously successful single for Matthew West,â€ says Grant Hubbard, vice president of national promotions for EMI CMG. â€œThe testing scores have been very solid, No. 1 in all demographics at many of our top stations, and Matthew has again reached the top of the charts by speaking into the lives of Christian radio listeners with emotion and depth. Weâ€™re honored to partner with Matthew on his second No. 1 single from Something To Say.â€
In response to the songâ€™s popularity, West created a music video for â€œThe Motions,â€ which can currently be viewed online at www.tangle.com/matthewwest. He has also developed a devoted web page, www.matthewwest.com/themotions, for fans to voice their commitment to â€œavoid the trap of simply going through the motions.â€
West catapulted onto the Christian music scene in 2003 with his debut single, â€œMore,â€ 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 â€œOnly Grace,â€ â€œHistoryâ€ and â€œNext Thing You Knowâ€; and has toured with such artists as tobyMac and Jeremy Camp on the wildly popular 2008 â€œBoominâ€™ Beyond Measureâ€ tour. In addition, West has penned songs for Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Natalie Grant and Mandisa, among others.
Westâ€™s third studio recording, Something To Say, released January 15, 2008 and debuted on Nielsen SoundScanâ€™s Christian Retail Chart at #10, while West was the best-selling Christian artist on iTunes the week of its release. The albumâ€™s debut single â€œYou Are Everythingâ€ additionally peaked at No. 1 on Christian AC radio and was the most played Christian song of 2008, while â€œSomething to Sayâ€ climbed to No. 7 at AC radio. Most recently, West wrapped the 27-city â€œSomething to Sayâ€ 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.