Singer/songwriter focuses on the reason for the season - Word&Way

Singer/songwriter focuses on the reason for the season

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—In the midst of the hustle and bustle of the busy weeks leading up to Christmas, singer/songwriter Matt Wertz is helping listeners slow down and take time to reflect on the real reason for this season with his latest album, Snow Globe

In addition to including several Christmas classics, the album features original songs inspired by Wertz's grandfather, who served many years as a Baptist pastor. 

"Growing up, we would always gather at my grandparents' house on Christmas Eve, and my grandfather would read the Christmas story," Wertz said. "Some of my favorite memories involve my grandfather reading Scriptures and praying."

Today, as Wertz maintains a busy schedule performing concerts across the country, he relies on his faith in Christ to keep him grounded in the music industry.

"There are so many opportunities to just be thrown off your foundation, as a musician or any profession," Wertz said.

"A lot of temptations and distractions come with being a musician. But I am constantly being reminded that my identity is found in Christ, and that defines who I am."

With songs featured in movies and television shows, Wertz has gained national recognition. However, he remains focused on keeping the spotlight shining on Christ.

"For me, songwriting is like a journal entry put to music," Wertz said.

"Often, I'll write songs to help people reflect and remember who God is and his attributes. Faith and church have been always part of my life since I was a child. As I've gotten older and gone through different seasons, I have learned the importance and value of a relationship with Christ in the midst of busy seasons and making it a priority to stay focused on him."