Award winning singer-songwriter Matthew West on Tuesday explained how losing his voice put him on the path he is on today, and ultimately allowed him to tell the stories of countless others.
"About seven years ago, my career was about to take off to the next level, or so I thought. And my voice left me," West explained on The Glenn Beck Program. "They told me I was going to need to have career-threatening vocal cord surgery and warned me that my voice may never sound the same again."
West had the surgery, and said that for two months, he was unable to sing or speak.
"You do some pretty intense soul-searching during that time," he remarked. "It was during that time that I began to think, 'Well if my voice does come back, how could I use my voice differently? What if God is going to give me my voice back to give a voice to other people?'"
"Fast-forward, I feel like that's become my mission in life, using my voice as a singer and songwriter to tell the stories of other people's lives and in doing so, hopefully empower people to realize that their life is a one in a million, unique story that can go out and change the world," West said.
"There are so many people that are so defeated, they don't even believe they can change their own life," he continued. "But I believe that every single one of our stories, as broken as they might be, was designed ultimately to become a redemption story."
West said he has collected over 40,000 stories, and some of them are shared on his new album "Live Forever."
"When we begin to live our redemption story not out of defeat but in hope, the world can't help but change," he concluded.
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