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Los Angeles, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | INDIE | AFM

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When Matthew Genovese says he divides his time between Los Angeles and Toronto, he really means that he skips over the urban jungle completely and heads directly to Muskoka. Born and raised in Toronto, this singer-songwriter and music producer, who now resides in Hollywood, grew up spending every summer at the family cottage that his parents built some 30 years ago on Lake Rosseau. In fact, his entire family – grandparents, aunts and uncles – all have cottages in the same area. “I’ve always thought that Muskoka is very different from any other place in the world,” says Genovese. “It gave me a lot of freedom growing up. When you’re 13 or 14, where else can you get in a boat and drive around with your friends all day?”
Genovese’s foray into music started at age nine when he received his first guitar, a red Fender Stratocaster. And by the time he was 13, he was writing his own songs. “I was writing 12-bar blues songs then. That’s all I was listening to back then and all I knew how to do.” His passion for music lead him to Berklee College of Music in Boston – the world’s premier and largest independent college of contemporary music – where he studied songwriting and guitar.
From there, he moved straight to L.A. to immerse himself in one of the world’s epicenters of music, where he’s built his career writing everything from country to pop songs to hip hop for various artists, and, of course, his own solo albums. He describes his personal musical style as alternative rock or folk rock, drawing inspiration and influence from famed artists such as Paul Simon and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
When he’s not writing, pitching and submitting songs for a myriad of artists and movies – he wrote Can’t Let You Go for the Hunger Games: Catching Fire – this self-proclaimed workaholic can be found collaborating with renowned artists like Robin Eaton, Alex Lloyd and Brad Jones, known for their work with Sheryl Crow, Dolly Parton and Butterfly Boucher, or Sacha Skarbek, who’s worked with Adele, James Blunt, Lana Del Rey, and is the songwriter behind Miley Cyrus’s hit song Wrecking Ball.
“I write most of my songs alone, but I also enjoy co-writing with other musicians,” says Genovese. “[When I’m not working] I love searching flea markets for old key- boards and guitars, and spending time with my dog Jagger – a one-year-old Rottweiler I recently rescued.”
Life as he knew it has dramatically changed for this former Torontonian – his friends are scattered all over the world, his parents now live in Europe, and he has an older sister in Australia and another in Toronto. But the one thing that has remained the same is that his summers are still spent in Muskoka.
“I find that one thing that’s unique about Muskoka is that everybody always comes back for the summer. It’s the only time I get to see my Canadian friends,” says Genovese. “Muskoka is where we all meet up.”
In L.A., he says that he’s constantly telling people about his summer home, where he spends four months every year. “To describe Muskoka to Americans, I tell them its like The Hamptons [for New Yorkers] in a way,” he laughs. “But it’s not. There’s wilderness, the houses aren’t quite as big, and it’s not stuffy.”
During his summers at the cottage, he sets up a portable studio in the boathouse, which overlooks the opening of Lake Rosseau’s Skeleton Bay, to write, record and experiment with his music. “I basically bring a pair of monitors, a laptop, an Apo- gee Duet, my API 500 series Lunchbox that has a few preamps and compressors in it and a few microphones,” says Genovese. “I always travel with at least two guitars and keep an amp at my place in Muskoka.”
Most of his solo albums were written at the cottage. And he frequently invites fellow artists and friends to spend a couple of weeks writing music and playing around with different kinds of writing challenges.
For Genovese, it’s the serenity of the area and the wilderness surrounding him that brings out his creativity. “There’s so much to do. There’s the lake, you can go for a walk, take a swim. It’s a great way to take a quick break,” he says. “In L.A., I have to get in my car and drive a half an hour to get somewhere and by the time I get back to my studio, hours have passed. In Muskoka, I can just walk out of the boathouse, jump in the lake and be back working in 20 minutes.”
For his latest EP Chasing The Sun, the cottage country setting was a natural choice for the album single, If I Can’t Have You video shoot. “My Uncle Rick has a cottage next door and behind his boathouse is an old log cabin that belonged to my grandma,” explains Genovese.
“I wanted the video to be kind of set in the 1800s. That’s an era I really like and I think it lends itself to the kind of music I play.”
The video opens with a quiet bonfire scene. Genovese, garbed in vintage attire, plays his acoustic guitar and sings throughout scenes in the cabin and walking down a tree-lined lane and through grassy meadows. The soft country landscape pro- vides the perfect backdrop to the talented songwriter ’s folk-rock style and heartbreak lyrics of lost love.
“When I saw the log cabin I thought, rather than trying to organize something
in Toronto... I’ve spent time up there my whole life, so it just felt right,” says Genovese.
A seasoned performer that has received numerous international songwriting awards, Genovese is already busy working on his next album, half of which was written during his last annual summer escape.
Interestingly, songs that don’t make it on the album, he says, will be put up for grabs by other artists, which might make one wonder how many artists out there are performing music that was made in or inspired by Muskoka and the cottage country lifestyle.

MUSKOKA LIFE FEBRUARY/MARCH 25 - MUSKOKA LIFE MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY/MARCH 2014


This EP “Chasing the Sun” by Hollywood based Matthew Genovese is sure to one day be remembered as one of the classic good timing Americana CD’s of recent time. Its pure rocking Americana-Country magic the way it used to be, full of cautionary tales, and a passion for life and life on the road. All of this describes Genovese to a “T”, So who is Genovese anyway? He’s a songwriter who draws on life experiences from both the interior and exterior vantage point.” His narrative lyrics and sincere performances offer an unobstructed view into the heart of an artist who embraces each moment. Genovese is originally from Toronto, Canada but surfaced in Hollywood.

From the first seconds of Track 1” If I Can’t Have You” to the final moments of “Time Won’t Heal Me” Chasing the Sun EP hits on all cylinders with a fun musical landscape full of power and happy go luck overtones. One thing that impressed me the most about this album/band is the sheer impassioned folk vibe one gets. There’s an Americana ambience that really sucks in the listener. The CD is professional grade any way you look at it – very professional. The instrumentation and tones give you that genuine feel of good music and writing from a generation ago. It also has a solid feel reminiscent of Country music popular in the early nineties as well. Genovese reminds me of Jesse Malin, Justin Townes Earle, Wilco, Neal Casal, and Jason Isbell. Despite this I can also hear more modern Lifehouse, Howie Day, Vertical Horizon and One Republic.

All members in his band are solid musically. Kudos goes out to the amazing songwriting. I always said you can sell what you don’t truly believe, Here Genovese captures Lighting in a Bottle that will ring true not only for older more experienced listeners but new ones as well.

My favorite tracks: “Time’s Tickin’ Away” and Strange Paradise”.

“Chasing the Sun” wraps up a well rounded 5 track set that delivers an interesting cross section of classic Americana Folk-Rock, and Classic Country. Despite this it is accessible to modern day listeners as well. How is this possible? Only an experienced artist armed with an honest, genuine, sincere approach can pull it off, Genovese is also backed up by some solid players and co-writers, a solid production instinct via his brilliant musical mastermind. Need I say more?

Score – 9/10 Stars

For more, visit www.matthewgenovese.com - Music News Nashville


A native of Toronto, Canada, Matthew Genovese composes in an eclectic style borrowing from Folk-Pop music, combined with an Alt-Rock aesthetic. His lyrics share a black humor/self-deprecating sensibility. He writes of the mundane and the complex, and probably doesn’t understand everything but questions what he already knows. His latest EP entitled “Chasing the Sun” captures the spirit of Paul Simon at his most folk-rockingest. Genovese is a seasoned performer, having played full band and solo acoustic shows since the age of 15. He has received a number of international songwriting awards and nominations in competitions such as ‘Top Songwriter’ in the Song of the Year Songwriting Contest, ‘Pop Song of the Year’ by the Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA), the Song Wars Songwriting Competition, and the Independent Songwriters Competition. He was also invited to perform at the 2009 and 2010 Toronto Independent Awards in the ‘Best Live Showcase Series’ where he was selected as a Finalist. His latest work entitled “Chasing the Sun” was released in 2013 and consists of 5 compelling tracks in total. Track 1, ‘If I Can’t Have You’ sets the stage well for a consistent and uplifting musical journey. With this EP, expect soul-stirring harmonies and at times hypnotic Folkish-Americana style instrumentation laced with piano, horns, accordion, mandolin, and organ. Straight away it’s clear to me that the 5 tracks are an imaginative return to humor-laced song writing fused with the better musical touches of today’s Pop, all with the eccentricity of a Singer/Songwriter. Genovese reminds me of The Dandy Warhols, Tom Waits, Jon Cale and even Eric Hutchinson to Matt Wertz. I must admit today’s music has many people feeling of bit of soullessness – how appropriate that I get an EP by an artist like Genovese that was a real shock to the system – in a good way. The album begins in hooky fashion with the magnificent ‘If I Can’t Have You’, and ‘Strange Paradise’, two brilliant exercises in self reflection laden with hooky vibes and an impressive vocal delivery from Genovese. The only surprise is that these 2 pieces are not ‘radio friendly singles’ of the highest order. ‘Time’s Tickin’ Away’ follows, and is a pleasant journey through a Pop-Folk passion play of his psyche. The harmonies beautify what could have been a dance number. ‘Nothing That I Do” could be featured on TV or Film, showcasing Genovese and his band as a moving and grooving unit, with its amazing chorus. In the end Genovese is a real breath of fresh air compared to what’s out there right now. As I mentioned earlier, ‘Chasing the Sun’ is a real shock to the everyday musical system presently in place. Of the whole album, 4 songs are in the category of brilliant, 1 is good, and none skipped through in rotation. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Genovese’s popularity continue to grow as it did in my own household during the week.

Label: Independent Artist
Release Date (2013)
Locale: Hollywood

Rating 8.5/10 Stars

Official URL: http://www.matthewgenovese.com

Clay Burton edited by Heather Savage
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They don’t call it good ole’ Americana for nothing. Whether my mood is upbeat or downbeat, serious or playful, extroverted or introverted, there are musical choices aplenty to complement, enhance or counteract it on this latest EP by Hollywood based Matthew Genovese entitled “Chasing the Sun.” In my own words I’ll call it powerful and heartfelt balladry that has a lot of musical depth. Genovese delivers all you would expect and more via this 5 track EP. Music has a classic Americana Pop edge but also brings in Blues and a bit of Motown and classic Folk. I found it rather ironic Genovese resides in Hollywood. As I did more research I discovered he’s originally from Canada. Genovese headed from ‘East to West’ to Los Angeles. Genovese began training with Roger Love, the famous ‘Vocal Coach to the Stars’ (John Mayer, Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani, The Beach Boys). “I’ve sung my whole life, but Roger increased my vocal range and taught me how to project my voice with confidence. Roger Taught me how to be a singer”, says Genovese. He has received a number of international songwriting awards and nominations in competitions such as ‘Top Songwriter’ in the Song of the Year Songwriting Contest, ‘Pop Song of the Year’ by the Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA), the Song Wars Songwriting Competition, and the Independent Songwriters Competition. He was also invited to perform at the 2009 and 2010 Toronto Independent Awards in the ‘Best Live Showcase Series’ where he was selected as a Finalist. Tracks include two emotional songs, ”Nothing That I Do” and “Time Won’t Heal Me”. Others hit hard, taking it up a notch with an almost Motown-type flair and soul like “Time’s Tickin Away”. Matthew Genovese at times reminds me of Josh Kelley, Tyrone Wells and Jason Reeves. All tracks have a particularly foot stomping acoustic groove-ability to them that adds firmness and warmth to the EP. Vocals from Genovese are as clear as a bell and off the hook. All songs are a return to straight Americana Folk with a straight-forward rhythm section underpinning some terrific work from all players involved. Early tracks “If I Can’t Have You” and “Strange Paradise” have a contemplative feel, becoming almost hypnotic in places. One can hear this EP coming full circle, starting off as Pop, evolving into full tilt Rhythm and Blues. then winding down to Folk. That’s a pretty wild wide for just 5 tracks. Matthew Genovese is one Canadian who knows how to write a great Americana movement. This EP “Chasing the Sun” will be a great pickup for cult followers, or if you’re in a mellow mood or looking to instill a more folksy one. While this is music you could work or play to, it’s most suited to mind melding contemplation in a relaxed state of mind and setting. Now isn’t that something we could all use a little more of in our lives right now? Matthew Genovese sets it all too well.

I-TUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chasing-the-sun-ep/id759709022

by Matthew Johns

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While it is true many feel the music industry is in disarray, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear a new band or artist that’s not afraid to take chances with their musical expression. With LA based Matthew Genovese’s latest musical offering “Chasing the Sun” it’s clear to me he has surpassed what many consider to be the a-typical musical release. First a bit about Genovese – ‘Top Songwriter’ in the Song of the Year Songwriting Contest, ‘Pop Song of the Year’ by the Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA), the Song Wars Songwriting Competition, and the Independent Songwriters Competition. He was also invited to perform at the 2009 and 2010 Toronto Independent Awards in the ‘Best Live Showcase Series’ where he was selected as a Finalist. From beginning to end “Chasing the Sun” gives you an Americana anthem with a string of catchy songs that will keep the listener mesmerized and fully entertained. Also present are messages that are uplifting and a vibe that is unmistakably, well “Matthew Genovese”. Genovese combines many impressive musical styles: like retro Pop of the 70’s and even modern Pop and Blues, with a splash of traditional Soul Rock, and yep even Country. Some pieces I really like are ‘Strange Paradise’, and ‘Nothing that I Do’ with their powerful yet simplistic messages. ‘If I Can’t Have You’ expands the possibilities as a possible radio hit in the making. The production is also top notch and the playing from all other band members is spot on. One can hear tidbits of banjo, pedal steel, drums and percussion, horns and vocal harmonies layered within each song. Matthew Genovese creates a sound that will make virtually any listener feel right at home. As a vocalist, Genovese delivers a gifted vocal timber as he glides with precision with just enough in the way of technicalities, yet not neglecting soul and twang on the side. On many tracks Genovese performs a multitude of amazing harmonies and solid guitar playing. If you like Jack Johnson, Joe Ely, John Prine, you will like Matthew Genovese. Much of Genovese’s artistry goes beyond traditional playing and songwriting. Lyrics are also an important component for me whenever I listen and review music. In this aspect Genovese paints you a brilliant visual story between the spoken word and his musical messages of hope, love and the love of life itself. “Chasing the Sun” delivers amazing music for the senses that has no boundaries – very much like the road of life itself.



Rating 4/5 Stars

Artist: Matthew Genovese

EP: Chasing the Sun

URL: http://www.matthewgenovese.com

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Reviewed by: C.C. Ryder edited by J.J McCall. Approved by Cyrus Rhodes. - Gigband


So across my desk slides the new 5 track EP from Hollywood based Matthew Genovese entitled “Chasing the Sun”. During my initial research of Genovese, there were a few lines from his bio that I really liked: Not much can stop 24-year old Matthew Genovese. He was a Dean’s List student on scholarship at Boston’s world-renowned Berklee College of Music, where he majored in songwriting, performance, and guitar. In the spring of 2009 Genovese headed from ‘East to West’ to Los Angeles. Genovese began training with Roger Love, the famous ‘Vocal Coach to the Stars’ (John Mayer, Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani, The Beach Boys). “I’ve sung my whole life, but Roger increased my vocal range and taught me how to project my voice with confidence. Roger taught me how to be a singer”, says Genovese. Genovese is a singer-songwriter who puts as much energy into his guitar playing as he does his songwriting. How would I describe Matthew Genovese? His infectious style of progressive folk is likened to David Gray jamming with Ryan Adams, and John Denver having a back porch picking session with Jerry Garcia. Yeah that’s how I would describe it. His percussive guitar style lays the foundation for insightful lyrics often derived from his decade as a writer/performer/artist. Some musical comparables for me include: Rob Thomas, Pat Monahan, Five for Fighting, Gavin Degrew, and Daniel Powter. Genovese adds his own voice to those of his influences, creating an engaging combination of passion and presence mixed with storytelling and emotion. As I spun the EP, what I heard put a smile back on my face. It’s a nice easy flowing record that delivers solid songwriting with a nice rock feel to it. Genovese also reminds me of David Gray, John Mayer, Ray LaMontagne, and a touch of Amos Lee. However you will also hear a side of Blues and Alternative Rock and even Classic Rock-Folk along the way. If you like the above bands and musical styles you should definitely check out this EP.
 My favorite track is probably ‘Strange Paradise’.
This EP is a solid release with many feel good grooves and has a delicate Saloon Folk feel to it. At the end of the day Matthew Genovese gives us a fresh glimpse at an amazing artist and takes us back a few years – before everything started sounding like – well like everything else.
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by Joshua Beach, Posted by Drew Blackwell (UK) - Rock N Roll Review


Matthew Genovese is a talented singer-songwriter currently from Los Angeles and is a Berklee College of Music graduate. We were delighted when Matthew agreed to complete a full feature interview for Song Revelation so that we could share his impressive music portfolio with you. Read on to find out about, amongst other things, how he creates his memorable songs, who his musical inspirations are and what Matthew does to relax when not working. For full Interview see http://songrevelation.com/2011/07/artists-bands/up-and-coming-artists/artist-interview-matthew-genovese/ - Song Revelation Exclusive Interview


So across my desk slides the new CD by Matt Genovese entitled “Change.” Did a little deeper I discovered that this Canadian lad not only has a great voice, plays guitar, writes amazing music – but he also spent several years attending Berkelee college in Boston before settling in LA to peruse a musical career.
Change presents 6 amazing tracks that clearly prove Genovese has substance & genuine star quality. Music reminds me of Sugar Ray, Jack Johnson, & Jason Mraz. It’s a polished sounding musical appetizer from start to finish served up fresh with great playing, solid writing, amazing singing & yes the ladies will tumble for him. - Skope Magazine


If anything can be said of Matthew Genovese, it’s that the Toronto-born singer/songwriter has a work ethic that would be hard to beat. After graduating from Boston’s Berklee College of Music, Genovese moved from Toronto to Los Angeles to team up with producer Justin Gray. Working together, they managed to release Change, a six-song EP, before getting back to the drawing board to write a full-length.

Along the way, Genovese worked with vocal coach Roger Love (John Mayer, Gwen Stefani, The Beach Boys) to further develop his vocal abilities. Genovese says that after his lessons, his vocals had improved to the point where he felt it necessary to re-record the vocals on all the songs they had already finished. East To West is the final product of Genovese’s work. Now that it’s done, he’s excited to share his radio-ready pop rock with the world. Fans of Coldplay, Kings of Leon, and John Mayer should find lots to like in his music.
- Canadian Musician Magazine


A native of Toronto, Canada, Matthew Genovese composes in an eclectic style borrowing from Folk-Pop music, combined with an Alt-Rock aesthetic. His lyrics share a black humor/self-deprecating sensibility. He writes of the mundane and the complex, and probably doesn’t understand everything but questions what he already knows. His latest EP entitled “Chasing the Sun” captures the spirit of Paul Simon at his most folk-rockingest. Genovese is a seasoned performer, having played full band and solo acoustic shows since the age of 15. He has received a number of international songwriting awards and nominations in competitions such as ‘Top Songwriter’ in the Song of the Year Songwriting Contest, ‘Pop Song of the Year’ by the Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA), the Song Wars Songwriting Competition, and the Independent Songwriters Competition. He was also invited to perform at the 2009 and 2010 Toronto Independent Awards in the ‘Best Live Showcase Series’ where he was selected as a Finalist. His latest work entitled “Chasing the Sun” was released in 2013 and consists of 5 compelling tracks in total. Track 1, ‘If I Can’t Have You’ sets the stage well for a consistent and uplifting musical journey. With this EP, expect soul-stirring harmonies and at times hypnotic Folkish-Americana style instrumentation laced with piano, horns, accordion, mandolin, and organ. Straight away it’s clear to me that the 5 tracks are an imaginative return to humor-laced song writing fused with the better musical touches of today’s Pop, all with the eccentricity of a Singer/Songwriter. Genovese reminds me of The Dandy Warhols, Tom Waits, Jon Cale and even Eric Hutchinson to Matt Wertz. I must admit today’s music has many people feeling of bit of soullessness – how appropriate that I get an EP by an artist like Genovese that was a real shock to the system – in a good way. The album begins in hooky fashion with the magnificent ‘If I Can’t Have You’, and ‘Strange Paradise’, two brilliant exercises in self reflection laden with hooky vibes and an impressive vocal delivery from Genovese. The only surprise is that these 2 pieces are not ‘radio friendly singles’ of the highest order. ‘Time’s Tickin’ Away’ follows, and is a pleasant journey through a Pop-Folk passion play of his psyche. The harmonies beautify what could have been a dance number. ‘Nothing That I Do” could be featured on TV or Film, showcasing Genovese and his band as a moving and grooving unit, with its amazing chorus. In the end Genovese is a real breath of fresh air compared to what’s out there right now. As I mentioned earlier, ‘Chasing the Sun’ is a real shock to the everyday musical system presently in place. Of the whole album, 4 songs are in the category of brilliant, 1 is good, and none skipped through in rotation. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Genovese’s popularity continue to grow as it did in my own household during the week.

Label: Independent Artist
Release Date (2013)
Locale: Hollywood

Rating 8.5/10 Stars

Official URL: http://www.matthewgenovese.com

Clay Burton edited by Heather Savage - Skope Entertainment


While it is true many feel the music industry is in disarray, it’s always a breath of fresh air to hear a new band or artist that’s not afraid to take chances with their musical expression. With LA based Matthew Genovese’s latest musical offering “Chasing the Sun” it’s clear to me he have surpassed what many consider to be the a-typical musical release. First a bit about Genovese - ‘Top Songwriter’ in the Song of the Year Songwriting Contest, ‘Pop Song of the Year’ by the Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA), the Song Wars Songwriting Competition, and the Independent Songwriters Competition. He was also invited to perform at the 2009 and 2010 Toronto Independent Awards in the ‘Best Live Showcase Series’ where he was selected as a Finalist. From beginning to end “Chasing the Sun” gives you an Americana anthem with a string of catchy songs that will keep the listener mesmerized and fully entertained. Also present are messages that are uplifting and a vibe that is unmistakably, well “Matthew Genovese”. Genovese combines many impressive musical styles: like retro Pop of the 70’s and even modern Pop and Blues, with a splash of traditional Soul Rock, and yep even Country. Some pieces I really like are ‘Strange Paradise’, and ‘Nothing that I Do’ with their powerful yet simplistic messages. ‘If I Can’t Have You’ expands the possibilities as a possible radio hit in the making. The production is also top notch and the playing from all other band members is spot on. One can hear tidbits of banjo, pedal steel, drums and percussion, horns and vocal harmonies layered within each song. Matthew Genovese creates a sound that will make virtually any listener feel right at home. As a vocalist, Genovese delivers a gifted vocal timber as he glides with precision with just enough in the way of technicalities, yet not neglecting soul and twang on the side. On many tracks Genovese performs a multitude of amazing harmonies and solid guitar playing. If you like Jack Johnson, Joe Ely, John Prine, you will like Matthew Genovese. Much of Genovese’s artistry goes beyond traditional playing and songwriting. Lyrics are also an important component for me whenever I listen and review music. In this aspect Genovese paints you a brilliant visual story between the spoken word and his musical messages of hope, love and the love of life itself. “Chasing the Sun” delivers amazing music for the senses that has no boundaries – very much like the road of life itself.
Rating 4/5 Stars
Artist: Matthew Genovese
EP: Chasing the Sun
- Gigband


INTERVIEW: Matthew Genovese
by Cyrus Rhodes
http://www.matthewgenovese.com

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From start to finish, "Chasing the Sun”, by Matthew Genovese, is an impressive collection of music. The songwriting is gold standard – full of consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, and signature groove. Note for note, song for song, there isn’t really a weak piece in this entire catalog. The writing and playing abilities of Genovese and company are rock solid. The melodies and harmonies are well crafted, and the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with good old-fashioned conventional wisdom. At the end of the day Matthew Genovese brings the mojo, and is clearly a marquee talent. One would be wise to keep a watchful eye on him over the years to come. I look forward to checking out the full length CD soon!

IMD Give us a little bit of background on yourself. What got you into music?

MG I’ve been writing, recording and performing professionally for over 10 years. I got my first guitar at the age of 9 and really got into writing when I was 13. After high school I moved to Boston to study songwriting and guitar at Berklee College of Music, and then on to LA where I live now. When I got to LA it was the first time I realized that I wanted to produce music for other artists as well as myself. Over the past few years I've had the opportunity to work in a lot of different genres- Pop, Rock, Alternative, Country, and RnB…

IMD Your latest EP, Chasing the Sun, has just been released. Can you tell us what it’s about and how it came to be?

MG "Chasing The Sun" is a collection of 5 songs that I wrote in 2011. I took a few months away from LA to work in London, UK, where I wrote "If I Can't Have You" with Australian singer/songwriter Alex Lloyd, "Time Won't Heal Me” with Paul Aiden, and "Strange Paradise" with Mike Charles. After London, I spent 2 weeks in Nashville where I wrote "Nothing That I Do" with Robin Eaton. When it came time to start recording I felt Nashville was the right place to go record these songs. A few weeks before I was heading to Nashville to start recording, I found an old Lowrey Organ from the 1970's on Craigslist for $15 dollars. When I brought it home, the first thing I did was write "Time's Tickin' Away" and when I got to Nashville we ended up cutting it for the EP. The first single “If I Can’t Have You”, from the EP, was released to Canadian radio in June 2013. Here is a link to a short "Making of the EP" Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE32Cg_zyaI

IMD How do you approach composing a song and where do the ideas come from?

MG I'm a firm believer in Pablo Picasso's saying "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working". I'm a workaholic and I can spend days in my studio without seeing daylight. That’s where my inspiration comes from. I think if you try to sit down and write something on purpose it doesn't come off as genuine, and people can see that. The best songs come out of thin air. I believe that every great melody has already been written and they are just floating in the air waiting to be discovered.

IMD Do you think of your lyrics as poetry?

MG No- I always think of lyrics and music as one thing that goes together.

IMD Is there any particular aspect of creating your music that you prefer – the writing process, recording, producing, playing live…?

MG I love it all… I like to think of it all as one piece of art. For me the songs and their recordings are not the finished piece of art… the finished piece of art is the culmination of the songs, recordings, artwork, and the live show.

IMD Do you ever experience writer's block? If you do, what do you do to get over it?

MG I think everyone experiences writers block, but I think that it usually happens for a reason and that reason is different from person to person. For me it stems from limiting myself too much. I end up getting boxed in trying to think of myself as a specific type of artist that makes a specific kind of music. It's always better to just think of myself as a musician… I have a need to create music everyday and it doesn't matter if it's Country one day or Pop the next… I just record whatever comes out of me.

IMD You also do some producing, isn't that right? How easy is the transition from performer/songwriting to producer? What's different about it from songwriting - and what's the same?

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Matthew Genovese drops EP
Rating: 9/10 stars
They don’t call it good ole’ Americana for nothing. Whether my mood is upbeat or downbeat, serious or playful, extroverted or introverted, there are musical choices aplenty to complement, enhance or counteract it on this latest EP by Hollywood based Matthew Genovese entitled “Chasing the Sun.” In my own words I’ll call it powerful and heartfelt balladry that has a lot of musical depth. Genovese delivers all you would expect and more via this 5 track EP. Music has a classic Americana Pop edge but also brings in Blues and a bit of Motown and classic Folk. I found it rather ironic Genovese resides in Hollywood. As I did more research I discovered he’s originally from Canada. Genovese headed from ‘East to West’ to Los Angeles. Genovese began training with Roger Love, the famous ‘Vocal Coach to the Stars’ (John Mayer, Maroon 5, Gwen Stefani, The Beach Boys). “I’ve sung my whole life, but Roger increased my vocal range and taught me how to project my voice with confidence. Roger Taught me how to be a singer”, says Genovese. He has received a number of international songwriting awards and nominations in competitions such as ‘Top Songwriter’ in the Song of the Year Songwriting Contest, ‘Pop Song of the Year’ by the Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA), the Song Wars Songwriting Competition, and the Independent Songwriters Competition. He was also invited to perform at the 2009 and 2010 Toronto Independent Awards in the ‘Best Live Showcase Series’ where he was selected as a Finalist. Tracks include two emotional songs, ”Nothing That I Do” and “Time Won’t Heal Me”. Others hit hard, taking it up a notch with an almost Motown-type flair and soul like “Time’s Tickin Away”. Matthew Genovese at times reminds me of Josh Kelley, Tyrone Wells and Jason Reeves. All tracks have a particularly foot stomping acoustic groove-ability to them that adds firmness and warmth to the EP. Vocals from Genovese are as clear as a bell and off the hook. All songs are a return to straight Americana Folk with a straight-forward rhythm section underpinning some terrific work from all players involved. Early tracks “If I Can’t Have You” and “Strange Paradise” have a contemplative feel, becoming almost hypnotic in places. One can hear this EP coming full circle, starting off as Pop, evolving into full tilt Rhythm and Blues. then winding down to Folk. That’s a pretty wild wide for just 5 tracks. Matthew Genovese is one Canadian who knows how to write a great Americana movement. This EP “Chasing the Sun” will be a great pickup for cult followers, or if you’re in a mellow mood or looking to instill a more folksy one. While this is music you could work or play to, it’s most suited to mind melding contemplation in a relaxed state of mind and setting. Now isn’t that something we could all use a little more of in our lives right now? Matthew Genovese sets it all too well.

I-TUNES: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chasing-the-sun-ep/id759709022

by Matthew Johns
edited by Heather Savage.
Approved by Drew Blackwell (UK).

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Originally from Toronto, Canada, singer-songwriter Matthew Genovese spent 3 years in Boston studying music at the renowned Berklee College of Music. He has recently been living in Los Angeles finishing his new LP “East to West” due for release in early 2011. His latest EP entitled “Change” was released in 2009. Genovese, on lead & back-up vocals and electric & acoustic guitars, is accompanied by Randy Cooke on drums and Justin Gray on bass & keyboards

“Change” takes flight with “Key to My Kingdom”, an upbeat intro piece that serves up a steady rock groove against catchy vocal melodies & an impressive hooky chorus from Genovese. This first track is quite impressive as it ebbs and flows its way through to emotional fruition. Track 2, “The Girl I Knew Before”, keeps things moving with direct & thought provoking vocal delivery from Genovese, steady flowing rhythm, and smooth melodic guitar accents, making for an impressive follow up piece. Lyrics go - “You’re a perfect ballerina as you twirl and twirl and twirl, & even if you stop you can never stop the world” – nice lyrical touch there. Track 3, “Stop Wait Turn Around”, shifts gears a bit with its striking vocal intro, gradually building into an impressive ballad with a passionate vocal finale from Genovese. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 solid songs in a row. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Along the way you will notice the standard 4 piece delivery with other things like impressive solo guitar chops, nice sonic touches, & lush harmonies layered everywhere. As this CD slowly unfolds, it’s obvious the players in Genovese‘s band are rock solid. From the emotional “Wake Up” & thought provoking “Tonight” to the perfect finale piece “Don’t Change Yourself for Me”, this EP pretty much has something for just about everyone. “Change” delivers 6 solid tracks, all with messages that are uplifting, passionate & positive. The music of Matthew Genovese has everything you would expect from a top notch pop-rock production.

Now turning our attention over to Genovese. As for his vocal abilities, his voice works extremely well within the confines of this catalogue. His vocals fill the space smoothly & unobtrusively. He takes several vocal risks throughout the EP indicating a strong & confident vocal ability. I suspect some of his vocal influences are John Mayer, Jason Mraz, & Jack Johnson, & perhaps a splash of Sugar Ray. All songs are extremely well crafted & consistent across the board. He’s got the voice, the looks, is a gifted guitarist, & writes great songs! I am placing my bet that he will be even bigger than any of us realize at the moment.

I normally dedicate a potion of my reviews to point out any weaknesses As you can see I have nothing to report in this regard. For the record, I don’t give 10 start to EP’s. Having said that, this EP is one of the best productions I’ve heard this year!

From start to finish “Change” from Matthew Genovese is an impressive collection of music. The songwriting is world class. All songs present consistent musical experiences, yet each possesses a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. Note for note, song for song there isn’t a weak moment on this entire EP. The writing & playing abilities of Matthew Genovese are rock solid, the melodies & harmonies are well crafted, & the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with conventional wisdom & messages of hope. Last but not least, the vocal presence of Matthew Genovese is world-class. He is an infectious artist worthy of spotlight, attention, & praise. He is a musical triple threat who possesses a lot of star quality. Changes goes down smooth, & will not only make you want to dance, but will lift your spirits in the process. - Indie Music Digest


Matthew Genovese, a promising pop/rock/alt. singer/songwriter based in Los Angeles, has won the SongwriterUniverse “Best Song Of The Month” Contest for May, for his song "The Walls.” This song will be included on his upcoming album, East to West, which he will release digitally this summer.

“The Walls” is an appealing, uptempo pop/rock song which has an easy-going, acoustic flavor. The lyrics are intelligent and articulate, about gently breaking down the walls in a potential relationship. The song provides a good showcase for Genovese's clear, expressive vocals, and also sportlights his excellent guitar playing. "The Walls" was expertly produced by Los Angeles-based writer/producer Justin Gray, who is known for his work with Joss Stone and Emma Bunton.

Genovese, who is 22, was born and raised in Toronto, ON, Canada, and then he moved to Los Angeles in 2009. He began playing guitar when he was nine, and by age 13 he started to write songs. Growing up, Genovese was inspired by listening to such favorite artists as John Mayer, Sting and Paul Simon. When he was just 15, he recorded and released a full album of his songs called Today, Today, Today (produced by Gerry Mosby). Then two years later (in 2007), he traveled to Nashville to co-write & record a 7-song EP (called The Rhythm and The Reasons) with Grammy-winning writer/producer Tommy Sims (Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt).

Following high school, Genovese received a scholarship offer from the Berklee College of Music, and he subsequently attended Berklee for 2 1/2 years. Then in the summer of 2009, he moved to Los Angeles, where he began collaborating with Justin Gray. Genovese & Gray originally worked together to record Genovese's 2009 EP, Change.


Matthew Genovese
However, upon the release of Change, Genovese received feedback that his vocals could be stronger. So he began training with prominent L.A. vocal coach, Roger Love (whose clients include John Mayer, Maroon 5 and Gwen Stefani). "I studied with Roger for the year while working with Justin," explained Genovese. "My vocal development was so dramatic that we decided to re-record the vocal tracks on the first six songs (of the Change EP)."

These songs (featuring improved vocals) from Change, combined with Genovese's new songs such as "The Walls," should make for a strong new album release. East to West is the title of the new album, which Genovese will release digitally this summer. "I'm excited about releasing my East to West album," he said. "I also want to play live more, and I'm looking forward to co-writing new songs with some great writers."
- Songwriter Universe


Great guitar work, great look. You're a rock star. Diggin' the Tracy Chapman cover. Great songwriting, musicianship, lyrics, image, vocals and presentation. Solid!

Industry Showcase
The Reverb
April 29, 2007 - Jason Furman, S.L. Feldman and Associates


Good set. Great presentation, great vocals and image. Energy imitates the music. Good job of bringing out a crowd. Shows you're working it. Keep playing and writing. You've got something there. Good Stuff!

Industry Showcase
The Reverb
April 29, 2007 - Nelson Chaves, Maple Music Recordings


I think we have here the beginning of something...the beginning of a great story about a great kid who is a great guitar player - well beyond his 18 years - on his way to becoming one of this next generation's great voices in the arts. I feel blessed to have worked alongside Matt on his new EP, The Rhythm and The Reasons.

May 7, 2007 - Tommy Sims


The second act onstage was introduced as “an 18-year-old guitar prodigy.” Matthew Genovese and his band played bluesy rock, which, at first, had me waiting for some over-the-top guitar leads. I was pleasantly surprised that Matthew’s solos, although flashy, were tastefully restrained in terms of both their style and their length. About a quarter of the way into the set, Matthew introduced two female backup singers onto the stage. If the performance had been good up to this point, it was great afterwards. Matthew’s voice was occasionally overshadowed by the musicianship (understandably, considering how strong the musicianship was), but the various combinations of his voice and those of the backup singers kept the vocals interesting. The highlight of the set came when the band dove fully into their blues influences with a cover of “Gimme One Reason.” Matthew’s guitar playing and singing during the song made the number sound, more than anything else, like the version Tracy Chapman recorded with Eric Clapton.

- Sound Opinion


11/3/2006 2:20:14 PM

Matthew Genovese has been chosen as the November 2006 OnlineRock Featured Artist. Genovese's profile can be seen live on our main page. He is also featured in our newsletter, cd review page, and on our own OnlineRock radio. Go to http://www.onlinerock.com and search Matthew Genovese!

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November 12, 2006, for OnlineRock, by Roland Goity

It’s hard to believe that Matthew Genovese still attends high school in his hometown of Toronto. Then again, some of the influences heard in his music, like Kenny Wayne Shepard and Jonny Lang, were big-time acts at a similar age. Genovese’s debut, Today! Today! Today!, suggests a similar talent that focuses less on guitar wizardry and more on songwriting.
On the album, Genovese seamlessly weaves blues, rock, and funk into twelve tracks that range from searing rockers to sentimental ballads. Throughout, the lyrics suggest a songwriting far beyond his years, not just for the material (which tackles loves affairs, sexual relationships, etc.) but for their tone and expression. Genovese’s vocal style is one cut from the same cloth as Jack Johnson and Ben Harper, and suits his material well. Today! Today! Today! demonstrates that Genovese is wise and gifted beyond his years.
Favorite Track: Track 3, “The Way to Your Heart”
- Online Rock - Empowering Musicians


(Reviewed by Dan Vidal)

Matthew Genovese has all the makings of a great singer/songwriter. He studies guitar and songwriting at Berklee College of Music, and draws heavy influences from greats such as Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, and Jimi Hendrix. At only 20 years old, he’s already displaying an excellent sense of composition and a rapidly maturing vocal delivery. He keeps his lyrics simple and playful, but still poignant. “Boyfriends and Girlfriends” is an excellent example of this.

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Matthew Genovese is an artist worthy of spotlight and praise
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INDIE MUSIC DIGEST

A premier talent. Give this guy a record deal already!
INDIE SHARK

Substance and genuine star quality, and yes the ladies will tumble for him!
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ANALOG IN THE DIGITAL aka Matthew Genovese is a creative magnet. The Toronto born Artist/Producer, and Songwriter has committed his entire young life to honing his musical craft. As a result, he has attracted countless musical opportunities, co-songwriters and producers to come his way.

After studying songwriting and guitar at Bostons prestigious Berklee College of Music on scholarship, Matthews talent charmed the likes of Australias acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Alex Lloyd, Robin Eaton and Brad Jones (known for their work with Butterfly Boucher, Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crow, and The Spinto Band), Sacha Skarbek (known for his collaborations with James Blunt, Adele, Jason Mraz and Lana Del Rey), Justin Gray (known for his work with Joss Stone, Mariah Carey) and countless other seasoned producers, musicians and songwriters.

With several releases under his belt, Matthew has just unleashed his newest musical venture titled Chasing The Sun, an EP. His first single If I Cant Have You was released to Canadian radio on June 3rd, 2013.

Matthew Genovese is a seasoned performer, having played full band and solo acoustic shows since the age of 15. He has received a number of international songwriting awards and nominations in competitions such as 'Top Songwriter' in the Song of the Year Songwriting Contest, 'Pop Song of the Year' by the Independent Singer-Songwriter Association (ISSA), , 'Best Song of the Month' in the Songwriters Universe Competition, 'Best Adult Contemporary Song' in the Independent Music Awards, as well as the Song Wars Songwriting Competition and the Independent Songwriters Competition. He was also invited to perform at the 2009 and 2010 Toronto Independent Awards in the Best Live Showcase Series where he was selected as a Finalist. His latest release "Tired of Us" was also selected by the 2016 John Lennon Somgwriting Contest in the pop category.

He currently resides in Hollywood, CA and divides his time between Toronto and LA Producing, writing and performing.