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Published On: Tue, Jan 15th, 2013

Matthew West gets personal during Winter Jam 2013

Matthew West solidified that he wasn’t an artist just for 30-40 years-olds as he entertained a packed house at Winter Jam this weekend.

Matthew West performing "Hllo, My Name Is" Winter Jam 2013 photo Brandon Jones

Matthew West performing “Hllo, My Name Is” Winter Jam 2013 photo Brandon Jones

After opening with his hit “The Motions” and joking with the crowd during a “Pee Your Pants” song, West then pulled back the curtain to his latest album “Into the Light” and presented a video back story to each of his next two songs.

“‘Hello, my name is Jordan and I am a drug addict.’ That was the first sentence of this young man’s story that he sent to me,” West said. This was one submission of 25,000 stories to inspire the songs for this album. Jordan’s road from addict to Pastor was the story of a young man delivered by Jesus from his collapsed life to one full of hope.

While the crowd responded, it was “Forgiveness” which stirred the hearts of those in the audience. The song, which is based on a true story of Renee, who lost her 20 year old daughter as a result of being hit by a drunk driver, could reach everyone. Old and young could empathize with the pain of this mother. But through Jesus Christ, Renee visited the driver, Eric, in prison and forgave him that she was able to experience true freedom from the anger she harnessed inside.

“I look around at 20,000 faces and I see stories,” West told the crowd as he concluded with “Strong Enough” and the emotions were obvious as tears rolled down the faces of many in attendance.

In the front row were three 16-20 year-olds with their hands raised in worship, singing and shouting with West during the chorus:

I know I’m not strong enough to be
Everything that I’m supposed to be
I give up
I’m not stong enough
Hands of mercy won’t you cover me
Lord right now I’m asking you to be
Strong enough
Strong enough
Strong enough

WinterJam 2013Youth pastors may have been surprised that it wasn’t just TobyMac, Red or one of the young artists who touched their kids, it was also the personal approach of Matthew West.

Matthew West’s website is here

Full Winter Jam coverage on The Dispatch – go here

Get all of the dates for shows, ticket information at the Jam Tour website here

Matthew West forgiveness Winter Jam 2013

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Matthew West performing at Winter Jam 2013 photo Brandon Jones

Matthew West performing at Winter Jam 2013 photo Brandon Jones

Matthew West on stage WJ 2013

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M West band on stage WJ 2013

All photos were taken by Brandon Jones, The Global Dispatch. Please email BRANDON at [email protected] before sharing these photos on a different website.

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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