Matt Jones

Matt Jones

 Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

Biography

Matt Jones (born 1974) is an American folk rock singer-songwriter, fine art gallery owner and musician.

With influences that range from Michael Hedges to Pierce Pettis and beyond, this Destin, Florida native began his musical journey at the age of twelve when he first borrowed his brother’s guitar. Two years later he was writing his own music and performing at his church with seasoned musicians.

His commitment came in 1994 when he relocated to the bustling music scene of Gainesville, Fl. and started performing in area clubs fronting a band called, “Odd Posture”. With the help of his band mates, plans were put in place for a debut solo album.

Released in late 1997, “Friend or Shadow” served notice that an impressive talent was making his presence known. The album prompted an admiring reviewer from “Performing Songwriter Magazine” to remark, “In a time when secondhand cynicism is equated with hipness and mistaken for wisdom, here’s hoping Matt Jones continues to dance, love and sing.”

National distribution and touring support enabled a constant performance schedule and the end of the 90’s saw an epic sixty-four day adventure by small boat from Florida to California and subsequently meeting his future wife, Franny.

In 2003, he took time off to focus on family and to start a new business in Tuscaloosa, Al.

Originally opened in Tuscaloosa, Matt Jones Gallery moved to Birmingham in 2007 and is the crown jewel for the city. Housed in a 7,500 sq. ft. century old iron finery, the gallery represents national and international artists. www.mattjonesgallery.com

Discography

"Friend or Shadow" - 1997 LP
"Everything You Need" - 2001 LP