Lee Miller Matsos
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Lee Miller Matsos

Akron, Ohio, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2022

Akron, Ohio, United States
Established on Jan, 2022
Solo Pop Rock




"Exclusive Review! Lee Miller Matsos' Debut EP: The Musical Transformation We've All Been Waiting For"

Think of life as a musical symphony, and Lee Miller Matsos as the virtuoso who has just made his debut with the EP "Metamorphosis, Pt. 1." He has traveled the path from opera and musicals to pop-rock, immersing his inner self in an entirely new shell. If we imagine life as a giant playlist, each composition on this playlist symbolizes a specific stage of our transformation.

That's exactly how I see the new EP "Metamorphosis, Pt. 1" – it's like the opening act of the grand opera of our lives, full of ups, downs, and everything in between. Lee Miller Matsos' music reminds us that even our individual journeys are connected by common themes of pain, healing, and growth. Just as a caterpillar wraps itself in a cocoon to transform into a butterfly, we envelop ourselves in life's challenges and emerge from them, transformed into something beautiful, even if we carry scars and a wealth of wisdom. "Metamorphosis, Pt. 1" is a collection of exceptional acoustic pop rock tracks that are ahead of their time. Are you ready to embark on this journey? Then join me now, and let's together savor the perfect acoustic pop rock sound.

The EP opens with the track "Just A Little Lift." Soft keys, unexpected tonalities, and Matsos' open, free voice create an acoustic atmosphere. The emphasized minimalism gives the feeling of an acoustic ballad that immediately captivates. The track "Metamorphosis," with its fast rhythm, synth keys, and multifaceted vocals, creates an atmosphere of a fantastical world where there is only happiness and goodness. Perfect work has been done on a track that clearly surpasses the established genre traditions.

Right in the middle, we encounter the track "Who Are They To Stop Love?". Thunder rolls and anxious guitars blend with the musician's tender voice and light keys. The musician tells a story in which the true soul is felt. The sense of a grand pop piano ballad in the track "Forgiveness" takes on a unique sound with the addition of guitars and percussion. This story unfolding in our journey possesses genuine heartfelt emotion and a profound narrative. As the EP approaches its conclusion, more melancholy and a gentle springtime sadness emerge in the melody. In the track "Worthy," the depth and sensuality of the musician come through. It is the most touching and tender track with weeping violins and a gentle vocal.


And as in the most captivating stories, the finale can completely reshape the course of the narrative. Similarly, the final track "Another Life" completely redefines the sound of "Metamorphosis." The orchestral arrangement creates a sense of a grand and epic finale, with choirs and the main vocals enhancing this feeling, making the EP's ending truly vivid and memorable. This is the art of not only crafting a perfect journey in terms of storytelling and lyrics but also instrumentally accentuating that transformation, something that can only be done by professionals and true creators.

As we conclude this chapter, I cannot help but emphasize just how impressive Lee Miller Matsos' EP, "Metamorphosis, Pt. 1," truly is. Inspired by great names like U2 and Coldplay, Lee has crafted something truly unique that touches the soul. U2 happens to be one of my favorite bands, and as I listen to "Metamorphosis," I feel the echoes of their influence woven into every note. It's music that transports you into a world of emotions and stories, immerses you in various moods, and envelops you in harmonies, much like a well-loved novel.

I strongly recommend giving this EP multiple listens because each time, you'll discover something new that deepens your connection to the music. It's akin to rewatching a beloved film or rereading a cherished book – every time, you notice something different that enhances your appreciation. So, "Metamorphosis, Pt. 1" is just the beginning, and it leaves us even more curious and eager to find out what the second part holds. It promises to continue this captivating musical journey, and I can't wait to hear how this story unfolds further. - Indie Boulevard

"Debut EP from Lee Miller Matsos"

Lee Miller Matsos is formerly known for his impressive opera performances, but has now taken an enchanting detour as a solo music artist. Drawing from his extensive background in musical theatre and a wealth of life experiences, he’s embarked on a journey that promises to captivate audiences worldwide.

Lee’s music is informed by his expressive prowess, a natural outgrowth of his theatrical roots. His past as a lyricist and operatic singer shines through as he navigates the complex and often non-linear journey from pain and grief to hope and restoration. With influences spanning from U2 to Coldplay, Paul Simon and Eric Clapton, Lee crafts songs that are not only infectiously catchy but deeply resonant.

In the past year, Lee Miller Matsos has made a significant entrance into the music scene. His debut single, “The Only One,” served as an introduction to his compelling artistic vision. Now, he unveils his debut EP, a 6-track release titled Metamorphosis, Pt. 1.

The EP opens with “Just A Little Lift,” a track that immediately transports listeners into a world of ethereal beauty. Atmospheric piano chords, delicately bathed in reverb, set the stage. Lee’s velvety vocals gracefully hover above, delivering blissful melodies. As the song progresses, playful piano notes tumble like leaves in the wind, and stretching string textures add depth to the composition. It’s a mesmerising opening that draws you into Lee’s musical universe.

The title track, “Metamorphosis,” takes us on an exhilarating journey through euphoric pop-infused indie rock. Here, Lee’s inspiration from U2 shines as his vocals soar above a meticulously crafted mix of driving bass guitar lines, airy synth tones, bright piano melodies and rhythmic drum patterns. The result is a sonic tapestry reminiscent of piano rock icons like Keane.

Among the EP’s highlights is “Worthy,” a composition that effortlessly blends warm piano melodies with subtle kick drum rhythms. Lee’s vocals take flight as he weaves instantly memorable melodies. The addition of spacey synth touches adds a dreamy quality to the track, making it enchanting and timeless.

The EP’s closing track, “Another Life,” commences with a graceful piano and vocal arrangement. It gradually builds into a dynamic pop rock spectacle, featuring grooving rhythms, lightly crunchy guitar tones and staccato piano and strings. This song is a showcase of Lee’s knack for crafting instantly catchy and emphatic moments, further enriched by stunning female vocals. - Plastic Magazine

"Lee Miller Matsos – ‘Metamorphosis, Pt. 1’"

Today wasn’t a particularly rough day but it did feel draining. The realization that I leave in two days to go cover Riot Fest as both a writer and photographer is hitting me and I feel anxiety and nerves are starting to get the best of me. I need to chill and the best way I know to do that is get lost in some music so let’s check out Lee Miller Matsos’ brand new EP, ‘Metamorphosis, Pt. 1’.

This six-song EP starts off epically and there’s no other way to put it. A ghostly yet powerful piano lick kicks off “Just A Little Lift” before Lee’s vocals come in and instantly grab onto your heart. The vocals are just as bold and powerful as the piano part but have this ethereal feeling to them. “Just A Little Lift” is more of an introduction feeling song but it definitely lays out what to expect from Lee on this EP without showing all of his cards on the first track which I loved.

You finally see his cards (at least some of them) as the album moves onto “Metamorphosis”. The balance of power and tenderness that Lee has perfected instantly comes through loud and clear. This song starts off as epically as “Just A Little Lift” did but it quickly falls into something a bit more calmer yet still just as powerful. Lee’s vocals soar over cinema-ready instrumentation in a beautiful and impactful way. Although this is absolutely a powerful and upbeat song, when you start to really listen into the vocals, you realize that there’s a sense of pain with some of the words. The way Lee is able to do this in such a loud and “turn it to eleven” kind of song left me lost for words as the three and a half minute song played through.

“Who Are They To Stop Love” seems to dive into Lee’s more tender side but, still, there’s this epic balance of power and gentleness here. I instantly fell in love with the lyrics of this song. “You never lost sight of your dreams / though you couldn’t see them yet”. I mean, like so many other lyrics, these are simple words but the way Lee put them together makes them so much more than that and that line in particular hit me like a freight train. The chorus of this song has an almost Queen vibe to it. I don’t mean that as a super close comparison stylistically or anything like that but that power and drama that Lee pulls off so flawlessly reminds me of the genius that Queen brought to all of their songs.

All of these songs on this EP are truly amazing and will leave you breathless and speechless. Unfortunately, that has become an issue for me as “Forgiveness” hit my speakers. I have so much to say about this track in particular with the almost musical-inspired presentation of the song yet feel I am completely lost for words and, more importantly, lost in Lee’s world. There’s something so striking about Lee’s voice that it’s almost meditative yet so full of live and energy that listening to any of these songs would leave you feeling like you could take on the world with “Forgiveness” being no exception to that.

“Worthy” is a long tale at five and a half minutes long but, like I just said, it’s so easy to get into this song. There’s something especially calming about this one that I found to be a new element to this EP yet something that I think could have been there the whole time but I just didn’t catch onto it. The piano throughout this track is in constant motion yet it feels like time stands still as you listen through this piece of art. Again, the lyrics hit me like a freight train. “Please don’t give your soul away / You were born for something worthy”. I don’t know why but as soon as those words blared through my speakers, I had a mini-breakdown. It was as if Lee was singing to me and allowing me to take a moment to just breathe and let a little emotion escape. I’m not a super emotional person but, every once in awhile, a song will hit me just right and cause an involuntary meltdown. That’s exactly what happened when listening to “Worthy” and if Lee were here right now, I don’t think I would ever be able to find the words to thank him for that.

This EP ends up “Another Life”. Another super gorgeous showing of talent, I felt like this song worked well as a little bit of a “recovery track” after the power I got hit with in “Worthy”. Don’t get me wrong, there’s no shortage of power here but this song felt more like a “pump-up song” in the way that Lee seems to ease you back into the world after the journey that is ‘Metamorphosis, Pt. 1’.

I have a lot on my to-do list but a mini-meltdown was not on that list. Lee Miller Matsos came in with his ‘Metamorphosis, Pt. 1’ and gave me that while also giving me a burst of energy and motivation. I couldn’t thank him enough for all of those things. Lee somehow created a release that has a sound that seems completely unattainably perfect while having lyrics that hit just a bit too close to home and are a bit too poignant. Bravo Lee Miller Matsos, Bravo! - Girl at the Rock Shows

"Lee Miller Matsos Releases New EP ‘Metamorphosis, Pt. 1’"

We are quite familiar with Lee Miller Matsos, having hosted him on our blog in the past. He’s always championed a rather eclectic artistry, mainly built on honest and fragile lyricism and a vocal tone to die for. After having unveiled a few singles, the Akron resident now returns with a whole EP, showcasing the realization of his artistic vision through six nostalgic and melancholic gems. Titled ‘Metamorphosis, Pt. 1’, the record is a nugget of inspiration and meaningfulness, exploring Miller Matsos’ journey in the whirlwind of everyday life.

Musically, we are in pop and rock territory, always very mellow and with a strong look at lyrical nuances. It’s music written to express an idea, and as such it is often built on poignant pianos, kaleidoscopic guitars and polite drums. Echoing the likes of U2, Coldplay, and more classic acts such as Paul Simon and Eric Clapton, Miller Matsos is not afraid to delve into a variety of sonic references, with the constant being his evocative and expressive vocals, the perfect outlet for such enlightened lyricism.

Speaking about the inspiration behind the EP, Lee explains: “We are all one on this journey, even though that usually is not how we experience our lives. Our varied, yet shared experiences of pain and restoration make us one. Just as the butterfly emerges from the cocoon, so do we emerge from our own unique transformational experiences — our own painful metamorphosis that is both unique and shared.” - Mesmerized

"Exclusive Interview with LEE MILLER MATSOS"

Opera and musical theater performer Lee Miller Matsos is now a pop musician. U2, Coldplay, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, and other musicians have all influenced his ethereal and emotional musical style. His extensive theatrical training is evident in his expressive flair. Lee’s lyrics express the evolving, non-linear journey from grief, pain, and brokenness to hope, healing, and restoration in a singularly original way.

The Only One is a profound song that examines grief and related regret. The song transitions from a position of opposition to these thoughts and feelings to a state of feeling that is more accepting. The song is an invitation to embrace these emotions and the struggle we are currently experiencing until we can learn to sit with these challenging emotions and find peace with them. The bright light on the horizon in the cover art serves as a visual representation of how everything fits together to lead to a more optimistic place. While battling this terrifying storm, the character is blind to the light on the horizon, but it is still there, waiting for him as he gets closer to a place of acceptance. Check out the song and the exclusive interview below:

1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how it all got started?

LEE MILLER MATSOS: I’m from northeastern Ohio and come from a family of performing artists. I grew up attending concerts and musical theater performances. The first shows I remember were Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. Growing up, I was deeply involved in the performing arts – including school choirs, orchestra and bands, and theater throughout high school and college.

2. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?

LEE MILLER MATSOS: I was fortunate to be able to take many instrumental and vocal lessons growing up. I began with piano, then moved on to saxophone and bassoon. I started with classical voice in high school and went on to study voice while at college, and for one year at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Most recently, I completed a 2-year Diploma in Music Performance at Holland College (a Berklee partner institution) in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.

3. Who were your first and strongest musical influences and why the name ‘LEE MILLER MATSOS’?

LEE MILLER MATSOS: The first record I remember listening to, with the windows rolled down in my mom’s Volvo, was Paul Simon’s epic Graceland. It’s still one of my favorite albums. I have also been deeply influenced by The Beatles, U2, and Coldplay — though there have been many others.

I decided to use my full name as my artist’s name because “Miller” is my mother’s maiden name. She passed several years ago, and I felt that using the name would be a meaningful way to carry on her memory, as well as my beloved grandmother’s.

4. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners, and how would you personally describe your sound?

LEE MILLER MATSOS: I think what comes out in the music, hopefully, is authentic, deep emotion, embodied in the chord progressions, the timbre, vocals, and lyrics. It’s emotional, ethereal – lyrically what I hope to offer is a fresh, authentic take on life’s hardships and lessons.

One of the things I’ve thought a lot about as I’ve gone on the journey with this music is the idea that “Life happens for us,” and that is maybe at the core the themes that have come out so far. (I should emphasize that I didn’t plan this beforehand; it’s merely my own analysis). This is the idea that it’s the very worst of things that happens to us, the most painful of situations, that end up being the greatest blessings if we can stay patient with the process.

5. For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you? How would you describe your own development as an artist and music maker, and the transition towards your own style, which is known as INDIE?


It seems like I’ve taken my time and had to be patient with my development as an artist. Everyone has their own journey. I’ve had to keep reminding myself that my journey is unique, and that my unique journey is what makes me who I am as an artist, so it’s all been necessary.

I started of in my youth doing musical theater, opera and jazz, and at that time was cultivating my passion for pop/rock. I had had early influences like Paul Simon and The Beatles, but it was my fascination with U2 and Coldplay in my early and mid-20’s that finally directed me toward the path of a contemporary artist. From there, it’s been a long transition. I picked up guitar when I was 24 – I wrote several songs – a few of them I still consider “keepers.” I got discouraged, though, having some brutal experiences at open mics. Finally, in my early 30s – that’s when I came back to music and committed once and for all. That’s when I realized I had no choice. I had to stop pushing it to the background. I realized it was not going to be good enough to be a hobbyist while pursuing some other career.

So, in 2018 I auditioned at Berklee at age 34, went to study music again from the Berklee curriculum for 2 years, and I was able to use that “leap” as a platform to write over a dozen songs that seemed to be ripe to come out when they did.

From there, I’ve just tried to keep taking steps and believing in the process –believing I have something good to offer.

6. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?


In March 2019, I suffered a concussion at a men’s retreat. The concussion recovery turned out to be complex. I had symptoms that significantly limited work and other activities, and it took months to see any significant improvement. During that time I was planning to move from Ohio to Prince Edward Island to attend school in the fall, and I was determined to follow through. I was in position to make the move when, less than a month from the beginning of the semester, I suffered a second concussion after a fainting episode. Shaken, I scrambled to reassess my options. I had already resigned from my job and there was no way to retain my job and benefits. It made more practical sense to proceed to Prince Edward Island, where I had already found a place to live, had insurance benefits through my school, etc. From a medical standpoint, I had concerns about moving. After a painstaking, down-to-the-wire standoff with myself, I urged myself on and decided to go forward to Canada.

7. On the contrary, what would you consider a successful, proud or significant point in your life or music career so far?


The last three years since that decision to move forward with my plans have been the most difficult of my life, and the most rewarding. I sustained an additional concussion, along with numerous aggravations of the injuries; I fought through terrible panic attacks; I figured out how to cross the border and back during the height of the Covid pandemic in order to see a specialist in Chicago, only to have all of that effort go to waste when a fall on the stairs on Groundhog Day 2021 rendered the doctor’s method useless.

With the support and encouragement of amazing instructors and staff, I also managed to finish the 2-year Music Diploma at Holland College, a partner institution of the Berklee College of Music. I wrote over a dozen songs in 2020 and recorded 2 of them with Colin Buchanan, the PEI Producer of the Year. The first of those songs, “The Only One,” was released Oct. 10 of this year. The second song, “Life Force Lullaby,” is out Dec. 9.

Most importantly, although I am still going through a non-linear healing process and still have some bad days, I am greatly improved and back to operating at virtually my normal capacity.

8. With social media having a heavy impact on our lives and the music business in general, how do you handle criticism, haters, and/or naysayers in general? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?


I was proud to receive recognition on Facebook for being in the top 1% of Rising Creators for the first time on November 21. I’m grateful for the opportunity to reach people with a positive message, and that’s how I try to approach social media. I am a highly sensitive person and that’s a package deal – it’s a gift that allows me to write songs with emotional depth – and it also makes overstimulating things like social media challenging – but I am getting more skilled at using social media as a tool as I take steps of faith every day.

9. Creative work in a studio or home environment, or interaction with a live audience? Which of these two options excites you most, and why?


Interaction with a live audience is more exciting for me because it is still mostly unexplored territory. I’ve performed very little in front of an audience in this style with my own original songs – and I envision great potential. I think about some of my influencers – Chris Martin, Bono – those who have reached the pinnacle of the profession. Not that you go around expecting yourself to get there, but you don’t put limits on yourself either. To me, the way those artists are so free, almost having out-of-body experiences while performing – that’s where I want to go – even if I never sell out a stadium in Buenos Aires for two weeks in a row.

10. Do you think is it important for fans of your music to understand the real story and message driving each of your songs, or do you think everyone should be free to interpret your songs in their own personal way?

LEE MILLER MATSOS: I believe the artist is a vessel or channel between the Creator or Source and humanity. At the point of artistic creativity and at the point of artistic interpretation, it is a sacred experience between one person and the Source. It’s a kind of divine event that is beyond what we can comprehend. So, I think it’s important as an artist to let go of the need to control the interpretation of a song. After all, my experience of writing the song was not something I felt much control over. It was more an experience that happened to me, and that I’m very grateful for. It seemed to flow through me from somewhere else. And I’ve had similar experiences while listening to songs –thorough joy, catharsis, freedom. My hope is that people experience that joy when they hear a song, no matter what their interpretation. - Illustrate Magazine



The Only One (2022)

Life Force Lullaby (2022)

Who Are They To Stop Love? (2023)


Metamorphosis, Pt. 1 (2023)



Lee Miller Matsos is an opera and musical theater performer turned pop artist. His ethereal and emotional musical style is influenced by U2, Coldplay, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, and others. His expressive flair is a product of his extensive theatrical background. As a lyricist, Lee uniquely expresses the evolving, non-linear journey from grief, pain and brokenness to hope, healing and restoration.

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