COLUMBIA, MS. (WDAM) - A new Pine Belt non-profit organization that is dedicated to building up the confidence of Marion County teens promoted their cause Thursday with a free concert by a Grammy nominated performer.
The group named "If You Really Knew Me," helps teens connect in a positive way. To accomplish that goal, members are hosting a concert by recording artist Matthew West Thursday night at Woodlawn Church in Columbia.
At a coffee shop named Second Street Bean in Columbia, West performed two of his songs for patrons and discussed his latest album called, "Story of Your Life."
"And it's kind of a unique record in that every song is inspired by the real life stories of the fans who sent their stories to me and they told me about what they were going through in their lives. I received 10-thousand stories from all around the country," said West.
West narrowed down those submissions and created eleven songs for his new album. He is currently in the midst of a thirty city tour.