Release date: October 2011
"The Heart Of Christmas" is the first Christmas album from Matthew West, released on October 4, 2011 via EMI Music Distribution.
Referring to his album, Matthew stated that "The Heart of Christmas is a collection of original songs I've written, and some of my favorite classics. I was honored to have iconic artists like Amy Grant, Vince Gill, and Mandisa from American Idol join me on a few of the songs, and those are personal highlights for me."
He also expressed his view on this kind of music: "There's just something about Christmas music that can stir up the warmth, the emotion, and the joy of the season. I hope "The Heart of Christmas," can be one of those records people find themselves returning to year after year, and as they do, may they find their hearts returning to the true meaning of this wonderful season."