MOVIE INSPIRED BY GRAMMY ® NOMINATED ARTIST MATTHEW WEST’S HIT HOLIDAY SINGLE TO DEBUT SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4; CHRISTMAS SONG BASED ON THE TRUE STORY OF CANCER PATIENT DAX LOCKE AND HIS FAMILY
“DOLLAR FOR DAX” CAMPAIGN TO LAUNCH BENEFITTING ST. JUDE’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN HONOR OF DAX LOCKE
Nashville, Tenn. Nov. 15, 2011… THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS movie inspired by GRAMMY ® nominated singer & songwriter Matthew West’s viral holiday hit, "One Last Christmas," will debut on gmc Sunday, Dec. 4. West’s new holiday album, The Heart of Christmas, is out now and features the title track and theme song for the movie along with the viral hit “One Last Christmas” and appearances by GRAMMY ® winners and nominees Vince Gill, Amy Grant and Mandisa from American Idol. The Heart of Christmas album will be featured in Delilah’s “12 Stockings of Christmas” promotion.
The new gmc World Premiere movie stars include Candace Cameron Bure (Make It or Break It, Full House), Burgess Jenkins (Remember the Titans, The Reaping), Kelsey Kingsbury, George Newbern (Father of the Bride, Justice League), Dendrie Taylor (The Fighter, Sons of Anarchy, True Blood), and GRAMMY ® nominated artist Matthew West. THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS is based on a true story that made national headlines when a community in Central Illinois decorated their houses for Christmas several weeks early for a two-year old boy battling a rare form of Leukemia. The movie unfolds as one family’s grief is eased by the love and support of their community and the life-changing legacy their son Dax Locke left behind, which reminds us all to cherish every moment. To see a trailer of the film, click here.
Matthew West, the Locke family and gmc are now launching the “Dollar for Dax” campaign with the goal to fully fund St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for an entire day in Dax Locke's memory. To date, over $500k has been raised and this holiday season they are calling for 1.2 million people to donate one dollar to help reach the $1.7 million it takes to run the hospital each and every day.
West has been touring over 30 markets this fall including major stops in Texas, California, Maryland, Colorado and more, and will wrap up the year with fellow GRAMMY ® nominee Mandisa on “The Heart of Christmas Tour.”
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More information on Matthew West:
GRAMMY ® nominated singer/songwriter Matthew West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Happy (2003), History (2005) and Something to Say (2008). His latest studio album, The Story of Your Life, was inspired by 10,000 stories from every state in the U.S. and 20 countries. The album released on October 5, 2010, and garnered attention from CNN Online, Fox News, Billboard Magazine, Country Weekly, American Songwriter and more. The Story of Your Life gave West the largest street week debut of his career selling over 10,000 units the first week landing at No. 3 on Christian Soundscan, and No. 41 on the Billboard Top 200. In conjunction with Harvest House Publishers, West teamed up with best selling author Angela Thomas for “The Story of Your Life” book. The Heart of Christmas marks West’s first full-length Christmas project. A multiple ASCAP “Song of the Year” winner, West has had four No. 1 radio hits including his latest, “Strong Enough.” His songwriting credits include Rascal Flatts, Billy Ray Cyrus, Diamond Rio and more.
For more information on Matthew West/The Heart of Christmas album:
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