Matt Mead

Matt Mead

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Imagine George Harrison and David Gilmore fronting a band with Ryan Adams, James Taylor and Sade making contributions to the material. Then move on to the second verse...

Biography

Matt Mead writes the kind of music that is meant for a global audience. Described as "Jaunty, lively, catchy and memorable slices of life" Mead's songs are as accessible and eclectic as his influences ranging from pop, rock, folk and world music. Imagine George Harrison and David Gilmore fronting a band with Ryan Adams, James Taylor and Sade making contributions to the material. The comparisons can go on forever. But at the end of the day, Mead's culmination of authenticity and unbridled expression are what inspire reviews that see him "...easily fitting in amongst the greats and legends".

His latest album EMBERS is a shining introduction to an artist whose identifiably unique and undeniably catchy songwriting draws comparisons to Rob Thomas, Counting Crows, Don Henley and the Beatles.

Recorded at Kaleidoscope Sound in Union City New Jersey, EMBERS features guest musicians STEPHEN CHOPEK (John Mayer, Charlie Hunter), NICHOLAS D’ AMATO (Poppa Chubby, Spiraling), ROB CLORES (Blues Traveler, Rich Robinson) and a handful of friends and independent artists such as BRIAN WAGNER, PETE VITALONE, SHELLY BHUSHAN and JOHN TAGLIERI. Engineered and Mixed by Grammy Nominee SAL MORMANDO (Billy Squire, Richie Havens, Patti Smith), the albums’ deliberate combination of seasoned session players and independent artists succeeds in creating a cozy balance between industry sheen and independent attitude while staying on track with Mead’s own musical vision. Beginning in August of 2004 Mead, Chopek and Wagner cut the basics performing as a live trio. Mead then spent the next several months laying down the guitar and other stringed instrument parts and calling in the rest of the musicians as additional tracks were needed. EMBERS nine songs and thirty-eight minutes dig deeply into Mead’s life over the last several years through love, life, loss, redemption and sacrifice; highlighting an artist whose knack for observation and imagery are at the forefront of his music. And though EMBERS is a personal journey, Mead’s gift of communication comes through loud and clear on tracks like “Leave the Light on”, “Take a chance”, and “A phone call away”.

Born and raised between Bloomfield and Nutley New Jersey, Mead is the middle kid in a family of five with a heritage of musicality. His Grandfather had a short-lived career as a church pastor who played the mandolin. His Grandmother was a schoolteacher who played the piano and everyone else in his immediate family was adept at one instrument or the other. Needless to say, music was a natural influence in his life and he developed a strong ear and a desire to make his own voice heard. Enrolled into the church choir at the age of seven he fell in love with the pipe organ and the sound of the human voice. But around the age of nine is older siblings introduced him to Deep Purple, John Denver and Peter Frampton and his interests quickly turned to the guitar and the way he identified with it’s energetic sound. But it wasn’t until his sophomore year of high school that he really began playing in earnest and hanging out with the local musicians who marveled over the fact that he hadn’t ever taken any formal lessons. And over the next decade or so he performed as a sideman and a songwriter in a variety of promising local and regional rock, heavy metal and experimental bands until 2001 when he finally decided it was time to leave the bands behind and step out on his own.

In 2001 Mead launched his solo career with the independent release of a self-titled, three-song EP Demo which landed in the hands of local press and yielded some positive reviews. Bob Bert-BB Gun Magazine wrote, “With beautiful instrumentation and strong, poetic lyrics, Matt Mead’s all killer, no filler three song EP proves to these ears that he belongs on the radio with the best singer songwriters”.
Assembling a trio to perform in local clubs and cafes, he spent the better part of 2002 – 2003 honing his skills as a performer, working on new material for an upcoming release and finishing off the year with a live DVD recorded at Maxwell’s in Hoboken. But instead of heading right into the studio, Mead disbanded the group and continued to perform solo while hosting a popular open mic series called “Phases” at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ. Through Luna Stage he met a handful of other independent artists and musicians and was eventually introduced to his current rhythm section of Stephen Chopek and Nicholas D’ Amato.

Matt Mead has never been the kind of musician to follow conventional wisdom. Instead he’s always opted for the road less traveled rather than the beaten path. And though New York City is just fifteen miles from where he grew up, it only takes a minute to realize that his music has the potential to reach far beyond the bright lights and broad stages of Madison Square Garden or Radio City Music hall.

© 2006 Matt Mead Music

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Lyrics

SEE IT FROM THE STREET

Written By: Matt Mead (BMI)

I saw her walking down the cobblestones again
with her hands jammed in her pockets to protect them from the rain
She hurried past me like she did most every day
to her job or her children who awaited her return

The local yokels bustle in and out of sight
in a mad dash for a coffee or a morning appetite
Off to the office where they’ll work into the night
cause I guess it beats returning home this evening

And all the cars rush by me at the speed of light
the drivers clutching at the wheel intent on making their ways right
I wonder if they’ll ever see another night
Well I guess that’s how I see it from the street

With my guitar in hand I meditate a while
and I smoke my cigarettes because they’re going out of style
The air is cool as Mother Nature gives a smile
and I sit back taking notes on what I’m feeling

The rain picks up and drops are knocking at my door
and I’m grateful cause our world can always use a little more
I give a kiss goodnight to the one that I adore
till tomorrow when I come home from my beat

And all the cars rush by me at the speed of light
the drivers clutching at the wheel intent on making their ways right
I wonder if they’ll ever see another light
Well I guess that’s how I see it from the street

© 2006 Matthew A. Mead, Matt Mead Music, BMI

LEAVE THE LIGHT ON

Written By: Matt Mead (BMI)

Walking alone on my own got me thinking a lot
The sun hasn't shown in so long I'm afraid I forgot -
how it feels in the sunlight - I won't cover my eyes anymore
Wanna run in the bright light- and I want to be close to the cure

Won't you leave the light on - I've been trying to find my way home
Won't you leave the light on - then I'll finally see, you've been waiting for me all along

No milestone of my own overshadows the cross
I'm wrestling faith with my soul contemplating the cost
Set me free in the Son's light - I won't cover my eyes anymore
Wanna run in the bright light - and I want to be close to the cure

Now I know the promise is complete
And the taste of it is bittersweet
But I'll lay my life into your hands today

Won't you leave the light on - I've been trying to find my way home
Won't you leave the light on - then I'll finally see, you've been waiting for me all along

Leave the light on
Leave the light on - for me

© 2006 Matthew A. Mead
Matt Mead Music, BMI

TAKE A CHANCE

Written By: Matt Mead (BMI)

I'd hold back the clouds to bring you the sunrise
And pick you a flower bearing your name
I wanna live on to old age with the memories of your smile today

I don't know when I became so romantic
But I know how much you mean to me
I want to be everything you'd imagine a man like me should be

Don't give your love away to just anyone
Don't give your love away for free
Don't give your love away to just anyone
Take a chance - take a chance on me

I'd hold back the clouds to give you the sunshine
Pick you a flower kissed with the rain
I wanna live on to old age with the memories of driving you a touch insane

I don't know when I became so romantic
But I know how much you mean to me
I want to be everything you'd imagine a man like me should be

Don't give your love away to just anyone
Don't give your love away for free
Don't give your love away to just anyone
Just take a chance - take a chance on me

I don't know why I keep trying
I guess that's just the way it's meant to be
I don't know why I keep trying
But take a chance - take a chance on me

Take a chance on me and you'll see

© 2006 Matthew A. Mead, Matt Mead Music (BMI)

Discography

Matt Mead - EMBERS - 2006 - August 1st 2006

Matt Mead - self titled EP 2002. Available on CDBaby.com

Set List

Matt performs 30-85 minute sets of his own original material, but will usually include one or two covers songs reflecting his tastes and influences.

So don't be suprised to hear "Beautiful" by Christina Aguilera, "Breathe" by Pink Floyd or
"Billie Jean" by Michael Jackson in a way that is uniquely identifiable to Matt Mead.