October 13th, 2010
09:51 AM ET

Songwriter not done telling "The Story of Your Life"

Matthew West wrote more than 40 songs when fans sent in the stories of their lives

When Matthew West asked fans to submit their stories for his new project "The Story of Your Life," he never imagined he would get 10,000 stories.

The stories came from every state and 20 countries, West said. He spent most of two months reading each one and writing songs based on the ones that stood out.

"I wrote 40 songs and started about 150 others," he told CNN recently during an interview at a restaurant in downtown Franklin, Tennessee.
"I feel like I have only scratched the surface here. I really do feel like it is Volume 1."

There are 11 songs on the album, on topics like sexual abuse, divorce, abortion and surviving cancer.

"I feel like if we had left the door open for people to send in stories, we'd still be getting them," he said.

Joel West, Matthew's brother and manager, said that in selecting the songs for the album there were eight that were sure things, and others that were good enough but just didn't make the cut.

West said he was on a Christian music cruise in July when he talked about the project. Dozens of people went back to their rooms, got out the cruise line stationary and came back with their stories. It convinced him that there are so many stories to tell that he shouldn't stop with just this CD.

West is writing a book based on the stories. He hopes it will be published in the spring. He and Joel said a TV show is a possibility. The deluxe CD comes with a DVD with the stories behind the stories. There have been meetings with reality show TV producers but there is nothing concrete at this time.

As for the next album, there is a wait-and-see attitude. But with the album getting good reviews and a strong sales start (as far as downloads go), it seems like a pretty sure thing that this story hasn't ended yet.

- Producer/Writer

Filed under: Christianity • Music

soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. Laura

    I think the songwriter is unique, and I wish him well in his endeavor!

    October 14, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
    • Laura

      Your most welcomed DavidJohnson! Cheers back to you!

      October 15, 2010 at 8:12 pm |
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