Matthew West is becoming a regular in Dodge City.
"This is at least the third time we’ve been to Dodge City," West said on Wednesday morning in a phone interview with the Daily Globe. "It’s the people who keep us coming.
"There’s so much energy and we have so much fun in Dodge City, we just had to come back."
West is bringing the All In Tour to United Wireless Arena on Sunday, Sept. 24. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. show.
"I have a new record coming out on Friday titled All In," West said. "This show will feature all the hits from the radio, but also some new selections from the new album.
"I love to tell stories, both in my songs and while I’m on stage. I believe stories are from the heart and allows us to connect with one another."
The All In Tour starts today for West and special guest, Jordan Feliz.
"This is the tour’s opening weekend," West said. "Dodge City is part of the opening weekend of this tour and I’m glad.
"You know, a lot of times we see the inside of a tour bus and the inside of the arena. It’s the people of Dodge City I’m excited to interact with again. It’s a great place to play and we’re excited to be back."
West is a four-time Grammy nominee, a multiple ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient. He has garnered an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and was named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year in 2016. West also received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for "The Heart of Christmas," from the film of the same name. In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards three times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant and Mandisa, among others. Selling more than 1.6 million albums to date, West’s discography includes the acclaimed releases Live Forever (2015); Grammy-nominated Into The Light (2012); The Story of Your Life (2010); Something to Say (2008); History (2005); and Happy (2003).
West said Feliz’s talent is undeniable and it’s part of the reason he is on this tour.
"Jordan and I are friends and he is so talented," West said. "His songs are all over the radio right now and if you’ve ever heard him sing, wow.
"We became friends and I knew I wanted him to be on a tour at some point and it’s worked out he is with us now."
2016 proved to be a breakout year for singer/songwriter Feliz. Named the Gospel Music Association’s New Artist of the Year, he was also nominated for Dove Awards for Song of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Recorded Song of the Year for "The River." The multi-week hit was further nominated for Breakout Single of the Year at the 2016 K-LOVE Fan Awards. Feliz released his first full-length album, The River, last year and it debuted at No. 4 on Billboard’s Christian Albums chart. The project’s lead single, "Never Too Far Gone," became his second No. 1. Feliz’s mega-hit "The River" released in 2015 and was the first single from his debut Centricity project, Beloved. The song remained at No. 1 for 10 weeks on Billboard’s National Christian Audience Chart and 7 weeks on the CHR/Hot AC Chart. Feliz hails from Central California and began his professional music career as the frontman for a mainstream rock band before becoming a solo Christian artist, moving to Nashville and signing his first label deal with Centricity Music in 2015.
Tickets for the show are available at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or at the United Wireless Arena box office. For more information, call 620-371-7878.
"We’ve always enjoyed coming to Dodge City, the crowd’s energy is unreal," West said. "Hopefully we’ll be up to that challenge. It’s going to be great."
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