Matt Santry

Matt Santry

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
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Simply put, Matt Santry's music can be describe in 4 phrases. a VOICE that delivers. LYRICS you can relate to. MELODIES that stick. MUSIC that resonates.

Biography

From full time social worker to full time musician, Matt Santry has made the unlikely transition from playing music for Autistic children to rocking audiences of loyal fans. Santry credits the years he spent working one-on-one with children with disabilities as a contributing factor to his ability to successfully create a connection with his current audiences.

From his home base of Philadelphia, Santry has developed his sound and live show in clubs, coffee shops and campuses between New York and LA. Since 2006, Santry has performed over 500 shows.

After much anticipation, Matt released his sophomore record in August of 2010. Produced by Grammy winning songwriter, Scot Sax (Faith Hill, Tim McGraw), and mixed by Grammy winning mix engineer, Jeff Juliano (John Mayer), the new songs showcase Santry's maturing skills as a writer and performer. Matt has drawn on his years of experience as a social worker to inform his sensibilities and hone his ability to communicate lyrically.

Santry’s new record, Tin Ace City, comes with a variety of textures demonstrated in songs like "I Just Blinked" showcasing the driving piano and handclaps call to hit the road, while counting the passing days, with an equally driving banjo arrangement. With traces of Little Feat grooves, songs like "Tell Me It’s Gonna Be Alright" gives his band a chance to stretch out, and on the other side, a beautiful string quartet highlights the cautionary call to ".....leave the past where it belongs....." on "The Heart of Starting New".

When asked about the recording experience with Scot Sax, Matt described "A raw, first-take style approach to production, where the song comes first.".

Look for Matt's new record, Tin Ace City, digitally at iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and on CD at his upcoming tour dates.

Lyrics

The Heart of Starting New

Written By: Matt Santry

I don’t remember exactly when it was
Or how you and I started
I was just trying to clear my head of love
But it seemed to have found me
And I’ll admit that love scares me half to death
But I think you should know
How I feel before we go any further

No I won’t try to pretend
That I’m strong enough to be vulnerable again
With every new start it gets harder
To unfold my arms and open up again
So I’ll leave the past where it belongs
And embrace the heart of starting new

I hope you understand that I believe
We should take a step further
Still I can’t forget a time I swore
I’d never let go again
Trying to keep and open heart and mind
Feels like trying to swim again the tide
But you’re reason why I’ll make it through

No I won’t try to pretend
That I’m strong enough to be vulnerable again
With every new start it gets harder
To unfold my arms and open up again
So I’ll leave the past where it belongs
And embrace the heart of starting new

Discography

"Rising Son" - 2005
"Tin Ace City" - 2010

Set List

Set list depends on the venue. Typically the set involves 60 minutes of original music. When needed Matt Santry solo or band can perform up to 3hrs of cover songs including a repertoire of over 100 songs ranging from classic rock to top 40.