“I didn’t start singing until I was about 17; before that, I was an active saxophone player and a slightly less active piano player.”
Over the following years, singing became Matt’s main focus and he realised that this was his passion; working at the piano seemed to come hand-in-hand with that. Matt went on to study Music and Popular Music at the University of Liverpool, and then went on to do a Masters degree in Music Performance (Pop Vocals & piano) at The University of Salford.
Joining Sense of Sound Singers in 2005 gave Matt a platform to further his artistry. “I have enjoyed many fantastic opportunities with them: supporting Russell Watson on his 2009 19 date tour, performing on the live BBC television show, ‘Last Choir Standing’, backing Seal and Bon Jovi at the Royal Variety Show and performing with an array of critically acclaimed European artists at the Nuits de Fourviere festival in Lyon and Paris in 2010. Most of all, the opportunity to work with such fantastic singers and creative individuals has been a great inspiration.”
Matt is a choir director and arranger himself. His longest-running choir, ‘Together Pop Choir’ have performed twice at the Echo Arena at ‘Star Wars Live’ with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and at ‘Lennon Remembered’, a commemorative concert held thirty years after John Lennon’s death; the choir also reached X Factor bootcamp in 2008. Matt is also a self-employed vocal coach, teaching individual singers and songwriters. Working with his students, both in the choirs and on a individual basis is something that Matt greatly enjoys on a par with his work as a singer.
Matt has been a songwriter for many years, but only recently decided to record his own album of original material. “I have always been so busy with a variety of different musical projects that I have neglected focusing on myself as an original artist. It has taken me a long time to get around to doing this and I don’t intend to stop.” His debut album, ‘The Middle’, is about “growth, understanding where you stand and feeling at ease with that.”