AboutMatthew West – The Story Of Your Life Genre: Rock, Pop, Folk, World, & Country Style: Alternative Rock, Country Rock Year: 2010
The Story of Your Life is the fourth studio album by contemporary Christian musician Matthew West. It was released on October 5, 2010 through Sparrow Records. The album was produced by Brown Bannister and Pete Kipley.
The first radio single was "My Own Little World" that charted at No. 6 on the Christian Songs chart. The second radio single from the album was "Strong Enough", which charted at No. 3 on the Christian Songs chart. The album sold over 10,000 copies in its debut week.
The album was recorded at the following studios Dark Horse Recording Studio in Franklin, Tennessee, Townsend Sound in Franklin, Tennessee and Vibe 56 in Nashville, Tennessee by the producers Brown Bannister and Pete Kipley.
Matthew West started out this album by saying "'what if I turned the microphone around? What if this time, instead of using the stories of my own life to write the songs, what if I asked people to tell me their stories?'" After he asked the question of fans, West "'...reserved a cabin outside of Nashville for a month'" to this task West only thought he "...hoped to get 500—600 responses, maybe." Yet, West was soon proved wrong, when just on the "first two days, 1,000 emails had landed in his inbox", and according to West the emails "mostly began 'I've never told this to anyone before.' Tales of both heartache and happiness poured in. More than 10,000 before he headed to the cabin, which he soon reserved for an additional month." To these stories, West was highly careful and sensitive because "'people were intrusting me with their deepest confessions. I wanted to respect that...I am honoured to be able to share this journey with my fans...that they allowed me a glimpse into their lives and what God is doing in and through them.'" Due to this, West stated "he enlisted the help of his 'most trusted advisors' (aka, mom and dad) to comb through the stacks of stories, he was the primary reader and most of the songwriting was done solo. He believed this project needed to be approached as his own personal mission."
West realized throughout reading the stories "he had been blessed with a sheltered existence" that he said "writing about these things allowed me to see that I have a very narrow view of the world." This was one of the reasons "folks have criticized me for 'singing to the choir,' which this allowed West sometime of introspection of "looking at my audience differently, but they also reminded me that I'm exactly where I need to be, singing to exactly the people I need to sing to."
West believed that these stories were going to make the album somber and dreadful, which he soon said, "but I think it's perhaps the most hopeful record I've ever made. After reading all of these stories, I've been reminded that pain is real. Christians are hurting, but by the grace of God, hope in Christ is real." Because West affirmed that 'the world makes a point of making us feel small and insignificant, of magnifying all our little imperfections. We begin to feel that our actions of circumstances can keep us from being used by God, but that's not true. You may think your story has too many bad chapters, but God's not done with any of us yet. He continues to tell beautiful stories through our lives, through your life.'
The album had the best opening sales week for Matthew West career because it sold over 10,000 copies.
The Deluxe Edition also contained these tracks 12. Hold You Up 13. My Own Little World (acoustic) 14. One Less (acoustic) 15. The Reason for the World (acoustic)