K-Love, Matthew West Partner For 'Next Great Love Song'
February 12, 2010 at 2:53 PM (PT)
EMF BROADCASTING Christian AC K-LOVE NETWORK and SPARROW RECORDS artist MATTHEW WEST partnered for a third consecutive year for K-LOVE's "NEXT GREAT LOVE SONG" promotion. The contest drew more than 4,000 submissions. One entrant was selected to win a custom love song performed by WEST.
Beginning JANUARY 29th, listeners were asked to submit their love stories as inspiration for the “NEXT GREAT LOVE SONG,” which would be written and recorded by WEST. On FEBRUARY 5th, Grand Prize winner ANN MATTHEWS' story was chosen as the subject of WEST's new original song “HOLD YOU UP.” The song debuted TODAY (2/12) on the K-LOVE morning show. It is also now available for purchase at ITUNES. ANN MATTHEWS' story can be read in its entirety here.
“Doing this ‘NEXT GREAT LOVE SONG’ contest with KLOVE has become something I look forward to every year. The thought of writing music inspired by the people who actually listen to my music has been really refreshing, and I was honored to read through so many real life love stories. This story from ANN MATTHEWS, a story of unconditional love through some of the most trying circumstances imaginable, had all the ingredients I needed to write the winning song. Thanks to K-LOVE for the opportunity, and to all the listeners for opening a window into their worlds," said WEST.
"This is the third year WEST has participated in the 'NEXT GREAT LOVE SONG' promotion, writing 'WAITING FOR YOU' in 2008 and last year’s “WHEN I SAY I DO. Year after year MATTHEW WEST writes a song based on one couples' love story that ends up deeply resonating with the audience as a whole. Listeners hear MATTHEW's song in FEBRUARY and are still emailing and calling us about it six months later. That's powerful," said K-LOVE Promotions Dir. MIKE TEDESCO.