Matt Martino

Matt Martino

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Matt Martino is an emerging force in traditional pop classicism with touches of gospel, jazz, and R&B influences. Martino took a hands-on approach in the creative process of "Let It Shine" producing, engineering, and writing all 11 songs-two of which were featured on the CW's popular series, 90210.

Biography

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.

AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS

-"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

Discography

"Let it Shine" released 2007

Set List

We regularly fill our sets with approximately two thirds original music and the remaining third with classic r&b and rock covers by artists like Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers, James Brown, Paul Simon and Prince. We routinely take as few breaks as possible. An ideal show would be two hours with no break.