Matt McKeown

Matt McKeown

BandJazzAdult Contemporary

Matt at only 18 has an unforgettable silky smooth voice. Whether singing the unforgettable jazz gems of the past or singing one of his originals, he is surely to leave you entranced!


Matt began his voice career in the all City Boy's Honour Choir at 8 years old. At 18, Matt has starred in 3 musicals; Sid Sorokin in The Pajama Game, Jean Valjean in Les Mis; and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar. During high school he was an auditioned bass for the acclaimed halifax choir "Soundtrax" and a vocal soloist for the all-city Senior Jazz ensemble under the esteemed direction of ECMA winner Dave Staples.

Matt is the lead singer and songwriter of an up and coming band October Game which has released an album entitled "Stuck In Dreams". He sings in numerous choirs, was a paid soloist at Bethany United Church, received a number of music awards and scholarships, and has been accepted to the Berklee College of Music. This year he is studying voice at Dalhousie University, and has landed a lead in the Opera.

Matt has great range from baritone to tenor honed through practice and classical and jazz vocal training. He plays lead guitar and alto sax. His diverse influences include Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, Damien Rice, Kevin Fox, Joel Plaskett to John Williams, Colm Wilkinson, Harry Connick Jr., Michael Buble, Jesse L. Martin, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

You can catch Matt this year in venues around town singing in a local jazz trio and as a solo artist and on the big screen. Matt plays Roland in Clement Virgo's Poor Boy's Game. It had it's debut at the Berlin, the Toronto Film Festival, and the Atlantic Film Fest.



Written By: Matthew McKeown and Alyssa McCarthy


When your world is pushed around,
When your whole heart is upside down,
You might find it safe to say,
I think its time for a change

If your life is not quite perfect,
And you know you don’t deserve it,
You just want to run away
Lets try a different way

Just hold on,
Please don’t give up tonight,
Don’t let go,
Just don’t give up the fight
Come on, come on, come on, come on,
Please don’t give up tonight,
Come on, come on, come on, come on,
Just don’t give up the fight,
Not tonight.

Do you find your head is spinning?
And you know it’s just beginning,
You say lets try this a different way,
But not today

The Navigator

Written By: Matthew McKeown and members of October Game

You begin, and you smile, you start it up, once and a while,
You’ll do whatever to get you through, and that means me and you,

It’s more than words; it’s what you do, to show you that, to show you I do,
And I swear it’s the truth, for me and you love

Float with me, lets float away, float away to better days, I swear we can fly, to brighter skies,
You and me, we could be extraordinary, tonight

Come sail, with me,
To the stars, in the ocean,
Believe when I say,
I’m holdin’ on,
Come soar with me,
To a brighter sky,
Just stay with me tonight

Losing Time

Written By: Matthw McKeown


Floating inside,
This delirious mind it’s state undefined,
Questions hanging,
The stars above my bed, they glow over my head,
Falling out of line,
The sheep behind the heard, who didn’t hear the word,
I’m losing time,
Losing time

And how long can I keep on going,
Knowing this journey is ending,
Tomorrows a brand new beginning,
Without you I’m just wasting time,
Without you I’m just losing time

And I fall down,
Reach up for your hand I hit the ground,
Now I’m reaching out again,
Take this chance love,
I swear it will all end in sweet romance,
Love is what we’ll have to share

Take me away,
To Neverland we’ll fly with Peter Pan,
My mind is racing,
I’m just a boy inside, I won’t ever change my mind,
Trust me and take my hand,
You see the second star, it seems so far and
We’re losing time,


A demo of three original songs. 2007-2008 (Heart-to-Heart, The Navigator, Losing Time). Producer/Engineer Laurence Currie. Support provided by FACTOR and the Province of Nova Scotia through the Department of Tourism, Culture, and Heritage.

Recorded two eps with the band October Game which Matt is the lead singer and songwriter.

Recorded Jazz standards demo with piano accompanist John Boudreau. (2007).

Set List

Jazz Favourites and Original Acoustic Songs

My Funny Valentine
The Way You Look Tonight
I've Got You Under My Skin
Mac the Knife
Come Fly With Me
The Lady Is aTramp
Moonlight in Vermont
What a Wonderful World
Fly Me to the Moon
The girl from Ipanema

Original Songs
Time Again
Midnight Lullaby
The Navigator
Winter Sunrise
Happy Town
Four Reasons
Tick Tock
Christmas Eve

2 one-hour sets