Matthew West returns to Colorado on Saturday, Dec. 3 with Mandisa for a Christmas concert.
The tour is in support of West’s Christmas CD (October 2011) by the same name. The CD features seven new songs written by West, along with Vince Gill and Amy Grant lending their voices to songs. The title track –“The Heart of Christmas” — calls the listener to ditch the commercialism and focus on the heart of Christmas.
Live while you can, cherish the moment
The ones that you love, make sure they know it
The song is also the inspiration for the movie “The Heart of Christmas” that will debut on the Gospel Music Channel on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Eastern time.
“One Last Christmas” is based on a true story, and is a heart-warming and heart-wrenching song. The video is posted at the top.
On the first track “Come On Christmas,” Matthew’s voice range shines in a song that invokes 364 days of waiting for that magical day of the year –
I left the lights up all year ’round
I just couldn’t bear the thought of taking them down
Another original song I really enjoyed was the last track, “Day After Christmas,” mostly because of the message.
Even when Christmas is over
The light of the world is still here
And of course there are the classics featuring a jazzy rendition of “Jingle Bells” and a “O Come All Ye Faithful.” Sounds odd, but it works.
I just popped in Mandisa’s “It’s Christmas” CD (2008) and it is timeless, starting with a Motown inspired “What Christmas Means To Me.” The CD features such classics as “Little Drummer Boy,” “O, Holy Night,” and “Silent Night.” With Mandisa, whose strong voice is reminiscent of Tina Turner, expect a roof-raising evening.