This full length 10-song album features all original Christmas music. It is the first Christmas release that Due West has put out, and is sure to be a favorite in your Christmas collection!
1. I Hear Christmas
2. Christmas Bow
3. Home For The Holidays
4. Coming Soon To Bethlehem
5. I Don’t Care Where We Go
6. Love Is Christmas
7. Very Very, Merry Merry
8. What Keeps Me Warm
9. The Hour Before Christmas
10. That’s How You Know
I’m not the world’s biggest county fan. I don’t mind it but it’s not what I keep my radio station tuned to. I have been to a Due West concert at Tuacahn that I thoroughly enjoyed so when I had the chance to review a copy of their new Christmas CD I agreed.
This is a compilation of 10 new Christmas songs. I really enjoyed them. Beautiful voices and a great message had me listening to this CD multiple times. I suggest you listen to a few samples to see if this would be a good fit for your Christmas music tastes. I for one highly recommend it!!
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About Due West
Tim Gates –a small town boy with a dream that has never died. Since he was 13 years old, he has touched hearts with his voice and his magical charm. He has a love for people, a zest for life, and a passion for country music! He worked several years as a social worker for people with disabilities. Tim moved to Nashville in 2002 with the love of his life, Roberta. Tim worked as a manager at the Alabama Grill in Nashville and started a writers’ night there where he and Matt and Brad (Due West) discovered their “perfect harmony!” In 2006 Tim signed his first publishing deal with Platinum Pen Publishing and landed his first cut, “The Bible and the Belt.” on Bucky Covington’s debut album. Tim is having the time of his life as the lead singer of Due West and is excited for all that Due West is about to accomplish!
Brad Hull grew up in Thatcher Arizona where from a young age, had a great love for music. His mom recognized the music in Brad and immediately signed him up for singing groups, piano lessons, and guitar lessons, where this music was cultivated. But the guitar was where Brad focused his efforts. He began lessons at age 7 and started classical guitar at age 11. Brad spent his summers in Arizona in the cotton fields, where while he was chopping weeds or irrigating fields, he was also dreaming of something bigger…of having a career in the music business. By the time he was 17, he was giving guitar lessons, as well as singing in his high school choirs and barbershop quartet. He also started a DJ business with his friend Lan Allen, where they traveled southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico playing music at school dances, weddings and other events.
After graduation from Thatcher High School, Brad attended Eastern Arizona College on a music scholarship. He later transferred to Mesa Community College where he graduated with an associates degree. At that point, he packed up his Isuzu Rodeo and moved to Nashville Tennessee to further his education at Belmont University’s prestigious School of Music Business. During his attendance at Belmont, Brad picked up an internship at Toby Keith’s new publishing venture Paddock Music, where he learned the ins and outs of the music publishing world. After Graduation from Belmont in 2002, Brad got a job at BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) as an analyst where he worked until 2005, when he signed his first songwriting deal with Glass Box Music. He worked with his publisher/mentor Jason Deere, who helped him hone his craft as a songwriter, and is now signed with Platinum Pen Publishing.
Brad loves traveling with the boys of Due West, playing shows, visiting radio stations, and meeting people. He also loves traveling across North America going to Major League Baseball games. His goal is to see all 30 MLB stadiums in the next few years and to meet his favorite player Ken Griffey, Jr.
Matt Lopez grew up on a Northern Wyoming cattle ranch outside a small community near the town of Sheridan. His home address read Wolf, but he and his graduating class of 39 classmates attended high school in the neighboring town of Dayton, located at the base of the beautiful Big Horn Mountains.
After one semester at Montana State University, Matt packed his Geo Metro and headed out to the East Coast to chase his music dreams in what he considered to be a more realistic way. Waiting tables and playing his guitar in the New York City subway stations is where Matt began to write songs. While living 3,000 miles from home, Matt began to draw from his roots for inspiration, writing about things back in Wyoming that he missed and had taken for granted. Ironically it took living in the city for the ‘country’ to really start coming out in his music.
He made several contacts there in the New York area and even recorded a few demos, but was ultimately encouraged to relocate to Nashville. So in the summer of 1998, he once again packed up his car and made the trek to Music City.
From the moment he first pulled into town, to present day, Matt has been on an incredible rollercoaster-journey both personally and musically. In 1999 he left Nashville and moved back West for a few years, but came back in 2003 and has steadily continued to build his career and try to make a name for himself in the music business.
In the spring of 2003, Matt was introduced to songwriter/producer Jason Deere, who quickly recognized Matt’s potential and signed Matt to his first songwriting deal later that year. Matt has been a signed staff writer since that time, writing for Glass Box Music, Dimensional Music Publishing and S1 Songs, where he is currently employed.
Matt has played acoustic guitar, toured as a sideman, written songs and performed with artists such as Tracey Lawrence, Lori Morgan, Kelly Coffee, Dan Truman of Diamond Rio, Michael Peterson, Danielle Peck, Susan Ashton, Dave Robbins and Henry Paul of Blackhawk, Kristyn Osborn of SHeDAISY, Lady Antebellum and others.
In April of 2008, Matt had his first commercial release on Capitol Nashville Recording Artists Lady Antebellum. “Love’s Lookin’ Good On You”, co-written with Victoria Shaw and Jason Deere, has been mentioned with great critical acclaim in both Billboard and People Magazines. The group’s debut album featuring the song has sold over 1,000,000 copies, ranking it certified PLATINUM status.
Matt now makes up one third of the Country trio Due West, where he continues to strive not only as a talented songwriter, but as a gifted singer and musician. He considers himself extremely blessed to be in the group with two of his best friends, Brad Hull and Tim Gates. He’s also grateful to still be working with Jason Deere, now a friend for life, who produces Due West and is still one of Matt’s favorite co-writers.
Though Matt’s accomplishments to this point in his career are notable, he humbly proclaims “It’s all a journey that is just getting started.”
Due West: I Hear Christmas CD Giveaway
Thanks to R Legacy Entertainment I have 2 copies of I Hear Christmas to giveaway.
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