Matt MacKelcan

Matt MacKelcan

 Charleston, South Carolina, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Amazing energy and emotion describe Matt MacKelcan's (Band) live shows. His powerful versatile voice and writing make each live experience different and very entertaining. Mackelcan's sense of humor and personality is shown throughout the show and make him instantly likeable.

Biography


Matt MacKelcan


With a genuine combination of American soul and an upbeat pop-rock style, Matt has emerged as one of the go-to indie front men in the southeastern U.S. He first cut his teeth in the music scene of Orlando Florida during his time at Rollins College while earning a degree in vocals, composition and guitar. In 2008, Matt was lured to Charleston along the South Carolina coastwhere his single Drive has been regularly featured on radio at 105.5 The Bridge. When around home, Matt also performs regularly at the iconic venue The Windjammerperhaps best-known as a launchpad for Darius Ruckers Hootie & The Blowfish. Matts trademarks are a big voice, authentic songwriting, personable nature and an extra dose of funny.


Matt's recently released EP Slow Down produced by Aaron Tap (Matt Nathanson) has garnered critical acclaim and is currently getting radio adds (AAA and College) with singles "Chances Are" and "So Far". Audiences are growing in all markets and the word of mouth on the EP and the entertaining live show have Matt and his band poised for a big 2011.


As his popularity spreads far beyond his roots, Matts sophomore CD No Turning Back continues to meet embracing live audiences across the countryfrom Boston to Austin, from Park City to New York City. Hes no stranger to crowds of thousands either, headlining with his band at college footballs 2010 Capital One Citrus Bowl pregame event and many other Festival's nationwide Artscape,(Greenville, SC) Artisphere, (Baltimore), Dogwood (Atlanta), River Jam (Charlotte, NC)


While building his reputation as one of the hardest working musicians around, Matt received recognition in his early days by Singer Songwriter of America as the 2005 Male Vocalist of the Year. In the time since, ample touring has given him the chance to share the stage with some of his own professional inspirations including Grammy-winning Blues Traveler, Matt Nathanson, Edwin McCain, Gavin DeGraw, Martin Sexton, Brett Dennen, Howie Day, Will Hoge, Jon McLaughlin, Bob Schneider, Rusted Root, Carbon Leaf, Bodeans, Virginia Coalition, and Third Eye Blind.


Recent career peaks include appearing for a third straight year at musics mecca, South by Southwest Festival and LA Film Festival, as well as a swing of openers through the country for one of modern country musics hottest artists, Corey Smith. Matt has also proudly participated in important benefit concerts supporting Haiti Relief and Amped 4-A-Cure. Otherwise, hes either jamming away in his favorite lowcountry joints or helping college crowds get their groove on up and down the Eastern seaboard.


Matt is pleased to maintain ongoing professional associations with Martin Guitars, ZonePerfect Nutrition Bars, Tsubo Shoes and Topo Ranch Apparel.


"Matt Mackelcan puts his heart into his writing and his stage show to the point that when listeners or audience members are exposed to it they connect and become instant fans"

Mike Allen
Program Director
WCOO-FM
105.5 The Bridge


Behind his cheerful, laid-back manner, Matt MacKelcan is a serious guy, most concerned about writing solid rock songs, performing well on stage and getting out thereway out there...(with his) melodic modern folk-pop style.
- Charleston City Paper, June 2009


www.mattmackelcan.com

Lyrics

Hold On

Written By: Matt MacKelcan


Hold On

Settle in you might be here for a while
I’m standing in the middle looking at the girl with the most beautiful smile
She’s gone and I am wondering why I didn’t say hello
Probably should have said hello

Hold on I’m thinking
I don’t want to loose my place
My mind spinning in circles
So you might want to give me more space
I leave and think about her again
Like a song on the radio I just can’t get out of my head

Words fly out of my head then disappear
Like a resolution after the New Year
I always have lots to say
But I freeze when I see the girl with the most beautiful face

Hold on I’m thinking
I don’t want to loose my place
My mind spinning in circles
So you might want to give me more space
I leave and think about her again
Like a song on the radio I just can’t get out of my head

Ahhhhh Hold on
Ahhhhh Hold on

Downtown I see her again
Lay back figure out when I should move in
She leaves and I am wondering
What could have been, oh what could have been?

Hold on I’m thinking
I don’t want to loose my place
My mind spinning in circles
So you might want to give me more space
I leave and think about her again
Like a song on the radio I just can’t get out of my head

Waiting

Written By: Matt MacKelcan

Waiting

The best plans are never quite finalized, can change as quickly as a blink of an eye
I will travel to the end of my mind and some might say I’m hiding behind
These thoughts, these dreams
emotions inside of me
What am I waiting for?
What am I waiting for?
Is it worth waiting for?
This time

You wrap yourself in coat and ties
Hide behind corporate lies
you will succeed in that state of mind
but never live the passion that i find
These thoughts, these dreams
emotions inside of me
What am I waiting for?
What am I waiting for?
Is it worth waiting for?
This time

I won't stop the rhythm of life ain't slowing' down all this second guessing' spinning' my head, spinning my head around--and I won't stop now the rhythm of life ain't slowing down
no more standing back watching, waiting in line

In time dreams will materialize
No more of the feeling that you’re just getting by, and I will travel to the depths of my mind, the waiting is over and now it’s my time
These thoughts, these dreams
emotions inside of me
What am I waiting for?
What am I waiting for?
Is it worth waiting for?
This time

Not Giving Up

Written By: Matt MacKelcan

“Not Giving Up”

Sprinkled sunlight in my eyes
Smokescreen silhouette of where you lie
Scented candles remain
And all I hear is your name
And it won't fade, it won't fade

Should I, could I
Should I, could I

I’m not giving up
I’m not giving in
I’m not giving up on love
No not yet

Where do I begin?
Where do I begin?

Walking around Staring out the sounds
Raindrops are following me everywhere
Shadows haunting me in streetlight glare
Even silence left no trace and all hear is your name
It won’t fade, it won’t fade

Should I, could I
Should I, could I

I’m not giving up
I’m not giving in
I’m not giving up on love
No not yet

Where do I begin?
Where do I begin?

You follow me down
Then I chase you around
Just look at me now
Just look at me now
I’m not giving up
I’m not giving in
I’m not giving up on love
No not yet
Where do I begin? Where do I begin?

Discography

"No Turning Back"--
"Drive" Currently in Regular Rotation on 105.5 The Bridge Charleston, SC gaining adds throughout Southeast and on College Radio (Chapel Hill, NC, FL, NY, etc)
Finishing up forthcoming EP w/ Aaron Tap (Matt Nathanson) and set to a major CD release tour
Featured on Pandora Radio

Dominos.com Summer Roadtrip Mix--"Hold On"
www.mycoke.com (coke) May 2008--"Waiting"
www.mytracks.com--Handpicked artist--"These Days"
Three Words--WMMO 98.9 Orlando
These Days---105.9 Orock Orlando
Waiting---90.5 Rollins College Radio

"Question the Answers" - Matt MacKelcan -2003
Radio Play
"These Days"
"Hold On" streaming also available
"Running Faster" streaming also available

Set List

Hold On
Drive
Waiting
Tighter
These Days
Not Giving Up
Honestly
Everything
Valley of the Dream
Three Words
Running Faster
Forget About It
What Comes Next?
Shake It
Hoping
Slow Down
So Far
Forget About it
Falling
Conversation

He plays a wide variety of covers but the set is focused on original these are the most commonly featured in a set that last 2 hours +

Cover Songs

#41-DMB
Champagne Supernova-Oasis
Just Like Heaven-Cure
Porch Song-Widespread Panic
All Along the Watchtower—Jimi Hendrix
Free Falling- Tom Petty
Mary Jane's Last Dance- Tom Petty
Two-Ryan Adams
Hey Jelousy-Gin Blossoms
Babylon-David Gray
All For You—Sister Hazel
Rebecca—Pat McGee Band
In Your Eyes-Peter Gabriel
Melissa—Allman Bros.
Fire On the Mountain-Grateful Dead
Space Between--DMB
Meet Virginia--Train
Everything You Want---Vertical Horizon
Angel From Montgomery---John Prine
The Joker-Steve Miller Band
Southern Cross---CSNY
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door—Bob Dylan
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