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article imageReview: Matthew West shines on deluxe edition of 'Into the Light' CD/DVD Special

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 13, 2013 in Entertainment
On August 13, multi-Grammy-nominated Christian music artist Matthew West released his “Into the Light: Life Stories and Live Songs” deluxe CD and DVD edition, via his record label, Sparrow Records. It was produced by Pete Kipley.
The songs for this record were inspired by over 10,000 letters that Matthew received from his fans and he penned the majority of the track while he was out touring last year. It dealt with such mature issues and topics as drug addiction, domestic abuse, the power of forgiveness, as well as the rejection of apathy.
Particularly impressive about the DVD portion of the collection is that Matthew West takes on the role of photographer and invites his fans and viewers into his “green room,” as he develops the pictures of the people whose real-life stories served as the inspirations for these songs; moreover, videos of the actual people are presented as they give their first-hand accounts on their moving stories and subsequently, Matthew performs the songs live with his band, as lyrics are displayed on big screens in his concerts.
Although all of the songs are extremely poignant, well-crafted and heart-felt, two in particular that stuck out to me were the stories behind “Waitin’ on a Miracle” and the lead-off single “Forgiveness,” the latter of which happens to be my all-time favorite recording of Matthew’s.
The Verdict
Overall, Matthew West’s combined CD and DVD collection “Into the Light: Life Stories and Live Songs” is a Christian music masterpiece. It garners an A+ and Matthew really pours out his heart and soul. Pete Kipley has done a brilliant job producing this musical project and it will certainly strike a chord in the hearts of his audience. Fans ought to keep a box or two of Kleenex handy since they will definitely need it after hearing the CD and upon watching Matthew’s compelling DVD.
To learn more about Matthew West and his new music, visit his official website.
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