Despite enjoying consistent success while on tour throughout 2013, the last quarter of the year was especially memorable for contemporary Christian artist Matthew West, who was nominated for and won his first American Music Award, an achievement that was voted for by fans. He is currently headlining The Story Tour, and will support TobyMac beginning spring 2014. As a live performer, West treats ticket buyers to an energetically delivered mix of old and new material, supplemented with heartfelt stories that demonstrate how he has a heart for helping others, either by inspiring them through music, or partnering with charities and encouraging fans to follow suit. His most recent album Into the Light peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on the Christian Albums chart. West began his musical career with writing songs in his father's church and later felt Jesus was calling him to become a performing artist. When not captivating fans in concert venues around the nation, West occasionally stretches his acting muscles by participating in Christian television and film productions. He has been nominated for eight GMA Dove Awards, winning the Recorded Music Packaging of the Year Award in 2005 for his album Happy. In November 2013, West earned the American Music Award for Best Contemporary Inspirational Artist. West's albums, Happy, History, Something to Say, The Story of Your Life, and Into the Light have all graced the Christian Albums chart. West released his most recent album in September 2012 and used it to visit deep topics, like domestic abuse, offering forgiveness after a devastating loss and drug addiction. All those subjects, and others, were discussed in letters written by fans that kindled the creative process and helped the album become an effort that's instantly relatable and genuine.