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Artist: Matt Martino
Title: Let It Shine
Style: Retro/ Pop
Label: Stank Records
Rating: 8.25 out of 10
By Senior Writer C.W. Ross

Matt Martino is best known for his time spent with the band, The Stank . That should be changing soon though with, Let It Shine, Matt's solo debut release.

Matt puts his stamp on almost every part of this project from writing or co-writing all of the eleven songs found on Let It Shine to producing and engineering duties.

Matt's music has already gotten noticed in his new home base of Nashville, Tennessee winning a Discover Award given by Music Row Publications to the hottest up and coming music artist.

The songs found on Let It Shine are well put together and blend pop and acoustic type moments in them. Matt's vocals have a very unique tone to them that pulls you in to the songs.

The songs deal with often-hard real life situations in a mature way.

The release really ends strong with tracks 9-11:

Track 9- "Goodbye Chicago" is a piano and saxophone lead instrumental track.

Track 10- "View From A Barstool" a ballad that deals with past mistakes and second chances.

Track 11- "Things Are Gonna Be Just Fine" can best be described as a horns and organ infused Gospel style song that will have your feet stomping and your hands clapping.

In the crowded pack of musicians found in 'Music City' Let It Shine should help Matt's musical star to shine brightly. - C.W. Ross

"Music Row"

DISClaimer by Robert K. Oermann

Scanning Music City’s Pop/Rock Scene

One of the new folks, Matt Martino, wins our DisCovery Award.

Writer: Martino; Producer: Matt Martino; Publisher: none listed; Stank (track) (
—Recorded in East Nashville, Matt’s Let it Shine CD is a celebration of pop classicism. His beautifully melodic tunes, like this track, scamper into your heart and charm your brain. This showcases his honest, unforced singing with tinges of R&B, gospel and jazz around the edges. Elsewhere, we get tastes of his skills as a pianist and saxophone player. The CD release party will be at B.B. King’s on July 28th. Be there or be square.
- Robert K. Oermann

"Matt Martino chosen to appear on the Grammy Nomination Ballot in six categories"

Martino appears on the 2007 grammy nomination ballot in the following categories:

Best Pop Vocal Album (Let it Shine)
Best Male Vocal Performance (Naturally)
Best Pop Instrumental (Goodbye Chicago)
Best New Artist
Song of the Year (Naturally)
Album of the Year (Let it Shine) - Grammy Nominating Committee

"Matt Martino shocks Nashville with sold out crowd."

Released July 29, 2007 - Nashville, TN

Matt Martino shocks Nashville with sold out crowd.

BB King's Blues Bar was filled to capacity with fans anxious to hear Matt Martino and to be front and center for the release of "Let it Shine", his debut solo CD. The sold out crowd eclipsed BB King's highest expectations, who found nearly their entire beer supply exhausted long before the evening was over. But the high turnout was no surprise to Martino and company, who have so far been greeted with overwhelming support for "Let it Shine". Martino's calender will be filled with local dates and solo performances over the next several weeks as preparations are made for touring dates and promotion in support of "Let it Shine". - Press Release

"Matt Martino Featured Artist of the Month on Indie Music Stop"

Matt Martino Featured Artist of the Month on Indie Music Stop

(NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE)—November 1, 2007—Matt Martino will be the featured artist of the month for November 2007 on the popular independent music website,

Indie Music Stop is an online resource dedicated to promoting the best of independent music and the artists that create it. In November, the featured artist section will feature Martino highlighted by bio information, photos, and a link to his music. - Press Release

"Matt Martino cracks CD BABY’S top seller list"

Released Feb. 12th, 2008 - Nashville, TN


(NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE)—February 12, 2008—Matt Martino’s debut solo release, Let It Shine is currently featured as a top seller in the Blue-Eyed Soul category on CD Baby, the premier independent music retailer. Momentum for the release continues to build following capacity crowds and a growing fan base.

Martino took a hands-on approach in the creative process of Let It Shine producing, engineering, and writing or co-writing all 11 songs on the project. Let It Shine marks the first release for Martino’s own Porter Avenue Studios, a professional recording facility designed by Martino. - Press Release

"Matt Martino Featured On 90210"

(NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE)—November 11, 2009—Two songs from Matt Martino’s critically acclaimed debut CD, Let It Shine, have been selected to be featured on the popular CW television series, 90210.

The November 3rd episode of the series prominently featured the upbeat, pop anthem “Naturally” while the more poignant and contemplative “The Other Side” will be featured on a future airing. 90210 airs on CW on Tuesday nights 8/7c.
- Press Release

"NPR To Air Matt Martino Interview"

(NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE)—December 10, 2009—Matt Martino was recently interviewed by Jacob McCleland for NPR 90.9, KRCU-Southeast Missouri State University. The interview, to air sometime in December, centered around Martino’s debut solo CD, Let It Shine, and the extensive home studio in which it was recorded.

Also in this interview, Martino discusses the changing climates in the music industry allowing independent artists the opportunity to create music and get it heard by main stream markets. Many such artists find a presence in the collegiate markets and through extensive touring, and Martino is no exception. He will spend much of his upcoming year performing both at college stops and clubs including a showcase at the APCA National Convention in February.
- KRCU-SE Missouri State Univ.


"Let it Shine" released 2007



Those of you who already know Matt Martino from his days in the Windy City are familiar with his catchy, groove-oriented pop. For those of you who are just discovering Mr. Martino, you've found him at the right time. After arriving in Nashville and soaking up the city’s influence, Martino’s work has become a well polished, retro/pop sound, thick with musical layers and lyrical depth. His writing is delicate and poignant; he has a knack for capturing the most subtle human emotions as well as beautifully simplifying the most complex ones. More prevalent now are signs of maturity in Martino's playing and writing. His songs don’t get old; new secrets hidden within each tune are uncovered with every listen. His skills as an arranger, engineer and producer come through on his debut CD “Let it Shine”, which was created entirely by Martino in his own Porter Avenue Studios.
The sound itself is big; a powerful but always heartfelt homage to pop classicism. The messages behind the songs are big as well and always relatable. While the songs are well crafted, Martino is never afraid to flex his muscle as a player, making his live shows dynamic and exciting events. Always surrounded by amazing players, Martino's confident Rhodes piano sets the tone and the other musicians follow suit. The result is something that's catching on quickly.


-"Naturally" and "The Other Side" featured on CW's 90210

- "Let it Shine" included on the 2008 grammy nomination ballot in six categories, including:
- Best Male Vocal Performance
- Best Instrumental Performance (Goodbye, Chicago)
- Best New Artist
- Best Pop Vocal Album
- Song of the Year (Naturally)
- Album of the Year

- CDBaby Top Seller

- DISCovery Award Winner (given by Music Row Publications)

- Featured in a Budweiser sponsored television ad promoting Gulf Coast tourism

- A true Road Warrior; Martino has played over 1000 shows since 2001

- A popular college performer. Martino has performed at the following Universities:
- Southern Illinois University (Carbondale)
- Southern Illinois University (Edwardsville)
- University of Illinois
- Rockford College
- Northern Illinois University
- University of Wisconsin
- Middle Tennessee State University
- Illinois State University