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April 2, 2013

BEAM: Spinning yarns into solid gold


Life wasn’t always easy for the young singer. Demons have a funny way of working themselves into our lives. Matt’s adoption as a child always seems to be near the surface of his heart. To this day, many of his lyrics have a sadness resonating through them, a lingering remnant of the abandonment he said he feels from not knowing his birth family. 

“I think the being adopted thing really plays a part in my songs. Just the whole, who am I? What am I about? I still don’t have those answers and maybe once I get those answers something in me will change,” he said.

Last fall, Matt released his first album, “Drown Before You Swim,” produced in good ol’ Bloomington, Ind. Two separate discs are included in the set, one appropriately titled “Drown” that’s a bit more somber, and the other upbeat disc “Swim.” In fact, you can even sample some of his tracks on iTunes. Fans have welcomed the songs, even sending Matt letters telling him how they can relate to his music. 

“That tells me I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing. I think my music tells the story of a guy that’s been horribly disappointed by the way life has gone,” he said. “We all have demons we have to face. I’m still working through mine. I do use my music as an outlet.” 

With one album already under his belt, the Ohio native has been heading out to Los Angeles to record his next collection of songs that will be released this fall. Numerous industry insiders are collaborating with Matt on the compilation — producers and musicians that have worked with Rod Stewart, Bon Jovi, John Fogerty and Johnny Cash. Drummer extraordinaire and former Indiana resident Kenny Aronoff is producing the venture.

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