ABOUT MATT

Matt is an experienced multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and music producer and works from his newly refurbished recording studio in rural Sussex. As well as his studio work Matt works as a Musical Director, keyboard player, guitarist and sometimes drummer in a wide range of settings including theatre, pop and library composition.  Matt has recently been working as the Musical Director of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's musical 'The Girls' at the Phoenix Theatre in the West End.

 

As a songwriter and producer Matt has been working heavily in the world of country music, particularly within the emerging UK country scene. In 2012 Matt co-wrote the debut album 'From Where We Stand' for UK country music duo 'Ward Thomas' which peaked at Number 1 in the UK Country Charts, also entering the top 40 UK album chart in its first week. The album was produced in Nashville by Chris Roqriguez and Bobby Blazier and features guest appearances from Vince Gill, Michael Omartian and Danny Dunmore. Now touring their second album 'Cartwheels' with Miranda Lambert, Ward Thomas are now one of the most popular acts in UK country music. In 2014 Matt won the BCMA Album Of The Year Award for this album, along with best new song in 2015. Other awards for writing include BBC New Songwriter of the Year 2008.
 

The success of his work with Ward Thomas has led to Matt working and developing music with a range of new artists in the genre both as a writer and producer. You can hear some of this work on the audio page. Matt has also worked as a producer and writer for artists and companies including Paul Jones, Laura White, BBC, Endemol, Talkback Thames as well as American Idol and the European 'Idols' series with producer James McMillan.

As a musician Matt performs regularly in the West End on a variety of shows, predominantly on Guitar. He was the guitarist on 'The Bodyguard' at the Adelphi Theatre, and currently provides guitar cover on 'Motown The Musical'. Previous shows as a guitar dep include We Will Rock You (Dominion) and Memphis (Shaftesbury) among others. Matt also plays regularly on the function and pop music circuit in a range of styles and even instruments.

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