2. Give This Christmas Away (with Amy Grant)
3. Leaving Heaven
4. One Last Christmas
5. Christmas Makes Me Cry (with Mandisa)
6. Day After Christmas
7. Come On, Christmas
8. Jingle Bells
9. O, Holy Night
10. Oh, Come All Ye Faithful
11. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
It would seem that Matthew West has been working up to his first full-length Christmas album for a while now. Just last year, the Contemporary Christian artist released a Christmas Edition of his "Something To Say" CD (the non-holiday version came out in 2008), featuring holiday duets with Amy Grant and Mandisa. As if that wasn't enough tinsel and marzipan for one man in one year, West followed that release with a digital single the following month, "One Last Christmas"--a St. Jude's charity effort. No more dancing around the issue for the Dove Award winning singer/songwriter. "The Heart of Christmas" will be released this October. If you're interested in scouting out a few of the original songs Matthew has written for the album, you'll find lyrics on his blog.
"The Heart Of Christmas" contains West's previous Christmas singles and more. The title cut will serve as the lead single from this album and West also lends his special touch to traditional favorites like "O Holy Night" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas". And coming up this fall, Matthew's Christmas music will be prominently featured in a GMC film inspired by last year's "One Last Christmas".