Matthew West

Franklin resident, Matthew West is a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner, a four-time GRAMMY® nominee, and was awarded an American Music Award (2013) and a Billboard Music Award (2014).

His songwriting credits include cuts by Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more. He spent much of late 2012 and early 2013 on a pre-headlining stint on WinterJam Tour Spectacular, the No. 1 tour in the world. Most recently, Matthew West was the co-host of the K-LOVE Awards held at the Grand Ole Opry just a few weeks ago.

But there is another side to Matthew West- he’s a dad.  A dad, who you might see walking down Main Street with this daughters. And if you’ve seen him with his daughters, you know these two have stolen his heart. We talked with Matthew about what being father means to him.

Tell us how you felt that moment you became a father?
I remembering crying even more than the baby did. I remember counting fingers and toes and just telling my wife over and over again how perfect our little girls were. My heart was about as full in those moments as it’s ever been.

How do you plan to celebrate Father’s Day this year?
These days, my father and mother live in Williamson County with us. So, in addition to spending the day with my kids, I’ll get to spend time with my dad as well. I am sure the grill will be turned on at some point, and I see a steak in my near future.

 So far, what has been your best Father’s Day gift?
Well, the homemade gifts from my girls are always the best. Although, I must say my daughters have turned into little entrepreneurs. Instead of just making me a bracelet or a craft, they now give it to me and then say, ‘that will be $5.’ Happy Father’s Day to me!

What piece of advice do you wish someone had passed along to you when you became a father?
Well, I grew up in a house full of boys, so no one ever gave me any advice in the event that I wind up becoming a father of two girls. It’s a whole new world for me! But my dad really gave me the best advice, and he did it by example. He was always present in my life. The things that were important to me, were important to him. Even if I felt like I had the whole world against me, I knew my dad was in my corner. I want to make sure my daughters feel the same way about me.

Thanks so much to Matthew West for taking time out to talk with us. West is on tour this summer, see his full tour schedule here. Follow Matthew West on Facebook for the latest updates.

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