Christian music’s most gifted storyteller—and a four-time Grammy® nominee—Matthew West has a gift for sharing poignant stories in brilliant, life-affirming lyrics wrapped in engaging melodies that underscore the emotion in the words. Not only is he a popular recording artist in his own right, Matthew is also one of Nashville’s most highly respected songwriters; his songs have been recorded by Rascal Flatts, Michael W. Smith, Billy Ray Cyrus, Casting Crowns, Diamond Rio and many others.
In addition to other honors, Matthew was nominated for Primetime Emmy this past year for the work his work with the movie The Heart of Christmas, which aired on GMC. After collecting more than 20,000 stories from fans all over the world (and turning many of them into songs of hope and inspiration), Matthew decided to take the entire endeavor a step further and started a nonprofit organization called Population We. “We’re going to be building this network of resources,” he says, “to help become a conduit and to connect these hurting people to the help they need so that they can begin to heal.”