Born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in a number of small towns in Virginia, Matthew spent much of his adolescence locked in a bedroom practicing the piano, guitar, clarinet—anything he could get his hands on that would make a sound. At the age of twelve he was given a karaoke tape machine and a $5 plastic microphone. A year later he began mailing demo tapes and handwritten letters to record labels, the addresses of which he found on the backs of his favorite CDs. A few years passed with no phone call from an industry executive promising to turn him into an instant sensation, so he decided to take matters into his own hands.
At the age of sixteen, Matthew left his high school and home to study at the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts, where he trained to be an opera singer under a fearsome, demanding Polish woman. He sang in a number of operas, including several touring productions, before realizing that his real passion was for performing his own music. Once again, he packed his bags and moved to Boston, where he began studying songwriting and jazz vocals at the Berklee College of Music. There he found himself the unlikely frontman of electronic dance-pop band Provocateur, with whom he released an album, Bad Blood and Brushfire (2010), and attracted a good bit of attention from the local media for his vocal abilities and clever songs. During this time Matthew also began working as a church musician, including a position as a staff singer at historic Trinity Church in Copley Square.
Now, Matthew is poised to strike out on his own. In April of 2011 he self-released an acoustic EP, Ghost Town. Recorded in his bedroom and consisting of songs written in his teenage years, Ghost Town is intimate and quietly devastating, showcasing Matthew’s commanding voice and thoughtful lyrics. He is currently performing around New England and preparing a full-length debut album of new material, to be released later this year.
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