Something Greater

Songfacts®:

  • Illinois native Matthew West had hoped for a college baseball scholarship but it gradually dawned on him that God was leading him to become a musician. He moved to Nashville with a single goal in mind, getting a record deal, but the move to Music City has brought West more than he ever imagined. Not only does he have a thriving career both solo and writing for other artists, but he met his wife Emily there. This song finds him reflecting on how God had "something greater" than his own plans when he moved to Nashville and serves as a beautiful tribute to Emily and their life together.
  • Carrie Underwood contributes harmonies. The country star has always been a big fan of Matthew West's music, so when she was asked to jump on the song she readily agreed. Underwood told Billboard: "It was kind of some glorified background vocals, but it was a really cool thing to be a part of."
  • The poignant video was directed by Patrick Tohill. It was the singer's idea to include his own family videos. "What I didn't realize is I gave myself a bunch of homework, because then I had to go scour through all my old video tapes and iPhone videos and send them all to the director," West quipped.

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