Matthew Moon

Matthew Moon

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Matthew Moon’s “elastic” voice has been compared to an impressive list of artists from Paul McCartney and Freddie Mercury, to Ben Folds. A current resident of Venice Beach, CA, Moon is quickly emerging as one of the freshest voices in the west.

Biography

On the heels of recent Mile High success stories such as the Fray and Flobots, the Denver Post says this about Matthew Moon: “Tight songwriting and lush delivery prompt Colorado rock fans to tout this performer as the state's next breakout.”

Moon, a Denver-to-L.A. transplant, has a rich history of recording and performance experience, a solid touring and sales base, and boasts an “elastic” voice that’s compared to the likes of Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury and Ben Folds.

After seeing Moon’s set at California’s Del Mar Music Festival, Larry Richter (Eric Clapton’s management team) called it, “One of the best performances I’ve seen,” and promptly signed Matthew to a management deal. Shortly thereafter, Moon recorded his soon-to-be hit, “Don’t Change 4 Me.” The song, a catchy collaboration with Grammy-nominated artists Jesse Valenzuela (Gin Blossoms) and Danny Wilde (Rembrandts), was featured in the Budweiser 2008 Summer Olympics Promo on NBC and the end cap (closing credits) track for this past summer’s hit movie, “Soccer Mom.”

While Moon’s catalogue is described as cool folk meets smart pop, he possesses a wide vocal range that lets him go from gentle to growl, as evident when he fronted Velvet Revolver recently at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. Moon was asked to front the band at the last minute when Scott Weiland missed his flight. With only an hour until show time, Moon downloaded lyrics onto his Blackberry and crammed en route to the gig.

As Matt took the stage and led legends Slash, Duff, and Matt Sorum, the crowd – which was full of Sundance celebs and pop culture icons – went wild with approval. The experience led to an onslaught of attention and rumors from online blogs and the print media, including LA Weekly, Popbytes.com, Blabbermouth.net, Music Connection and Laist.com. The question: Is Moon replacing Weiland? While the answer was unquestionably no, the stir caused Moon’s popularity to further grow. Additionally, Moon led an ensemble cast including John Popper (Blues Traveler), Wally Ingram (Sheryl Crow Band), Tom Freund and others for two highly anticipated performances At Sundance 09'.

Notables:
¨ Moon has an extensive national fan base, which also includes 50,000 MySpace friends.

¨ Moon had two songs placed on Facebook Diaries, which boasts 68 million users.

¨ Moon is sponsored by Hyundai Motors, USA and his music will be featured in the brand’s mass marketing efforts in the fall of 2008.

¨ Moon’s “My California” is set to be used in “House That Jack Built,” a 2009 major motion picture.

¨ Moon completed a solo tour this past summer, which also included select opening slots for Peter Frampton and The Doobie Brothers.

¨ Moon grew up in Colorado and then went off to study at Boston’s Berklee School of Music with the likes of John Mayer and Susan Tedeschi.

¨ Moon has released five self-produced CDs or EPs.

A current resident of Venice Beach, CA, Matthew Moon is quickly emerging as one of the freshest voices in the west. His solid touring base includes frequent stops in New York City, L.A., San Francisco, Arizona, Utah, Seattle, Portland, Minneapolis, Chicago and more.

For more information, please visit: www.myspace.com/matthewmoon or www.facebook.com/matthewmoon

Lyrics

Don't Change 4 Me

Written By: Matthew Moon, Danny Wilde, and Jesse Valenzuela


You know I can’t pretend
It’s not an accident
I have become somebody else
There’s so much I want to say
You see me everyday
I wish that I could shout it out

You’ve gotta’ run
This world ain’t standing still
You’ve got to believe
That you can make it up that hill
You’ve gotta know
You can have anything
You’ve got to be
The best that you can be
But don’t change for me

Some things I try to hide
You see through my disguise
When you are tearing down the wall
You’re gonna figure out
I know without a doubt
These things don’t matter much at all

You will be free

But you’ve gotta run
This world ain’t standing still
You’ve got to believe
That you can make it up that hill
You’ve gotta know
You can have anything
You’ve got to be
The best that you can be
But don’t change for me
Don’t change for me

Sorry
Is not the word I want to use so
Easily
I need to know that life won’t pass you by…

You’ve gotta’ run
This world ain’t standing still
You’ve got to believe
That you can make it up that hill
You’ve gotta know
You can have anything
You’ve got to be
The best that you can be
But don’t change for me

You’ve gotta’ run
This world ain’t standing still
You’ve got to believe
That you can make it up that hill
You’ve gotta know
You can have anything
You’ve got to be
The best that you can be
But don’t change for me
Don’t change for me

You know I can’t pretend
It’s not an accident
I have become somebody else

Discography

Matthew Moon- 2009
My California EP- 2008
XOM- 2003
I thought U Should Know- 2002
More Than I Can Give-1999

Set List

I Remember A Time
From The Start
More Than I Can Give
280Z
Morning Loon
Things I Haven’t Learned by Now
*Love Disaster
Borderline (Madonna)
Due Time

My California
Kiss (Prince)
Drink A little
I Quit The Habbit (Hank Williams Jr.)
Ordinary God
Watermelon Man (Willis Allen Ramsey)
BBQU
Sleeping Bag
Santa Anna Wind
I Would Give Anything
Early Meetings
Hideaway
It’s Alright
*Taking A Chance
More Than I Can Give
Not That Bad
*I Want You Back (Jackson Five)
Over Now
Learning To Fly (Tom Petty)