Matthew West first found success as a songwriter, penning songs for top Christian artists like Point of Grace and Casting Crowns, as well as mainstream country acts like Rascal Flatts and Vince Gill. When the Chicago native began releasing his own albums in the late '90s, he connected to audiences with impassioned vocals and lyrics and songs that swing effortlessly between rock anthems and intimate ballads. He signed to a major label in 2003 and was soon scoring No. 1 hits on the Christian charts. West also acts, occasionally appearing in Christian-themed TV shows and films.