Matthew Brookshire
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Matthew Brookshire

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Press - - The New York Times - Dan Savage, The Stranger

"I was pretty much blown away! Great songs- each one short and sweet- beginning to end." -

A joyful and thoughtful songwriter, Matthew brings an audience energetic melodies with folk-pop flair, and a uniquely high tenor vocal delivery. A beautiful sounding violin accompaniment by Erika Kapin was the cherry on the Sunday. - Gabriel Levitt, Jezebel Music

"8 Songs is the CD. 25 minutes of sheer delight proves that size doesn't matter! Buy lots as Easter presents and go see Brooklyn-based Matt live, when his exquisite sound is further enhanced by the fantabulous Erika Kapin on violin." -

“On Friday night, I was handed a CD I had long wanted to get my hands on, Matthew Brookshire's debut album, "8 songs," available on CD Baby, a very cool site for independent musicians. It did not disappoint, except in one respect—I wanted more than 8 songs. The songs are acoustic and folksy, but also funny and ironic at times. It is the kind of music that I want to listen to enough so that I can learn the words, because the stories are so good. I'd rather not, but if pressed to compare him to other singer/songwriters I would say he’s most like Tracy Chapman and Duncan Sheik." -


Matthew Brookshire "Best Friend", 2008
Matthew Brookshire "8 Songs", 2005
Ari Gold "Transport Systems", 2007 (co-writer)
Kevin Aviance "Entity", 2004 (co-writer)



"A joyful and thoughtful songwriter, Matthew brings an audience energetic melodies with folk-pop flair, and a uniquely high tenor vocal delivery."

"Matthew Brookshire sings original songs of God, politics and love"--The New York Times

"Matthew just got finished playing at my college and he was phenomenal!"--Justin, Rider University

NEWS! Matthew selected as an alternate performer in 2009 NACA South conference!

NEWS! Matthew will perform at the 2008 NACA Mid-Atlantic Conference on October 23rd in Lancaster, PA!

NEWS! Matthew was chosen as a showcase alternate at the 2008 NACA Northeast Conference!

Fashion Institute of technology (2/09)
SUNY Upstate Medical University (2/09)
University of Connecticut (4/08)
Southern Vermont College (4/08)
Rider University (12/08)


Originally from a small town North Carolina, Matthew Brookshire attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Today he makes his home in Brooklyn, New York. His latest release "Best Friend" features 10 original songs, many of which were developed over the course of a year-long residency at Caffe Vivaldi in New York’s Greenwich Village. The album includes tracks produced by Matthew’s frequent collaborator Curtis Moore, and features guest vocals by singer-songwriter Kelli Rae Powell.

In 2007, Matthew’s song “Best Friend” was chosen as a finalist in the New York Songwriters Circle’s annual songwriting contest, which culminated in a live performance at the legendary Bitter End. Also in 2007, Matthew was chosen to attend the Northeast conference of campus activities bookers, which lead to college performances at the University of Connecticut, Rider University, and Southern Vermont College. He also performed live on George Washington University's campus radio station.

Matthew’s music can be heard in the Todd Solondz film "Palindromes", starring Ellen Barkin and Jennifer Jason Leigh, which played in the New York, Telluride, Venice and Toronto film festivals. Matthew has co-written (with Curtis Moore) songs for other artists, including #1 Billboard dance artist Kevin Aviance and R&B singer Ari Gold. In 2006, Matthew's "Wedding Song" was named an Honorable Mention in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. "Wedding Song" and "I Reveal My Heart" (both from the album 8 Songs) were added to Sirius OutQ radio and appeared in the Top 20. Matthew has performed showcases for EMI Records, Jezebel Music, the BMI Songwriter in Residence series and the International Pop Overthrow Festival. In June of 2006, Matthew was featured on the cover of Indie Sounds NY.

In 2009, Matthew teamed up with singer-songwriter Kelli Rae Powell to form the Orphan Music League, a boy/girl duo in the vein of The Weepies, She & Him and The Moldy Peaches. They are currently working on an album and tour.

Matthew's debut CD 8 SONGS is currently available at iTunes,, eMusic and other online retailers.