Matt Coffman

Matt Coffman

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandAmericanaChristian

My music is Americana with a twist: part folk, part bluegrass, Brazilian jazz, devotional, and part declaration of independence for the human spirit and all acoustic.
Through live performances, workshops, private lessons and the String Love Guitar blog, I seek to spread the Love Guitar Revolution.

Biography

Since starting to play the guitar at age 16, Matt Coffman has pursued his own distinct voice as a musician and songwriter.

After studying literature and philosophy at Stanford University, Matt harnessed his natural gift for language and his increasing command of the guitar to begin giving expression to the insights he received through his spiritual explorations. Meditation, yoga, fasting, study and the guitar all blended into a way of life that eventually led him to surrender completely to the guitar as his instrument and purpose.

Matt's music is all about the joy--harnessing the spirit of jubilance and celebration to shake off the traumas of the past and open up into the possibilities of the present and future.

Major influences include Bela Fleck, Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Paco de Lucia, Zakir Hussain, Tony Rice, Caetano Veloso, Joao Gilberto and Radiohead.

Lyrics

Hold Me Now

Written By: Matt Coffman

Hold me now,
Help me grow.
Hold me now,
Help me grow.

My gift is to believe
Inside you
In this joy I receive
Inside you.

Hold me now,
Help me see.
Hold me now,
Help me see.

I am all that I am
Thanks to you.
Humbled here where I stand
Thanks to you.

Hold me now,
Help me see.
Hold me now,
Help me see.

For this moment of peace,
thank you.
In this moment of peace,
I thank you.

Hold me now,
Help me fly.
Hold me now,
Help me fly.

On this jetstream of light
Within me.
This bright jetstream of light
Within me.

Hold me now,
Help me fly,
Hold me now,
Help me fly.

My heart beats to your song
Within me.
My heartbeat is your song
Within me.

Hold me now,
Help me be.
Hold me now,
Help me be.

We are children of God,
All equal.
We are children of God,
All equal.

Hold me now,
Help me be.
Hold me now,
Help me be.

Your love brings us to be together.
Your love calls us to sing together.
Your love brings us to be together.
Your love calls us to sing together.

Hold me light,
Help me love.
Hold me light,
Help me love.

Light, hold me light,
Love, help me love.
Light, hold me light,
Love, help me love.

Holy Light,
Holy Love.
Holy Light,
Holy Love.

Light, Holy Light,
Love, Holy Love.
Light, Holy Light,
Love, Holy Love.

Round and Round

Written By: Matt Coffman

Round and Round

G D/F# Em
Round and round we go.
C D
Classroom Earth is the best,
G
Don’t you know?

C D
Well, we learn to live
G G/F# Em
And love to give,
C D
We learn and we live
G
To give.
C D
Yes we learn and live
G G/F# Em
And love and give,
C D
We learn that to love
G
Is to give.

I love your smiling face.
I love the love your smile radiates.

Let’s glow bright from within
So the shine of our skin
Can remind us when we lose our senses.
Let the shine of our joy
Out for all to employ
In recalling from where we’re descended.

Can you believe the Amazing Grace
That gave birth to this beautiful place?

What a gift from the All
That the Many were called
To join hands and create celebration.
Let our voices rejoice
As a single strong voice
And give thanks for All’s gracious creation.

Thank you everyone,
Thank you earth, moon, sea, trees, sky and sun.

Thank you thank you we say,
Thank you thank you we pray,
Thank you thank you, thank you thank you.
Thank you thank you again,
No beginning, no end, just—
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Great Spirit is a-Comin' Through

Written By: Matt Coffman

I said my heart's on fire with love now!
My heart's on fire with love.
My heart's on fire with a love that comes
Right down from heaven above.

In love with life,
In service to the truth,
Feel the rumble,
Great Spirit is a-comin' through!

Sometimes I get a little sick, now,
Sometimes I get a little ill.
That's when I pray to my Daddy in Heaven--
There ain't nothing that He can't heal.

In love with life,
In service to the truth,
Feel the rumble,
Great Spirit is a-comin' through!

Sometimes when a wave hits us,
It might feel like we're gonna fall,
But if we hold on and keep our faith strong,
In the morning we'll be standing tall.

In love with life,
In service to the truth,
Feel the rumble,
Great Spirit is a-comin' through!

My Jesus is a great teacher,
My Jesus is a healer, too,
And if you're willing to let Him in
He'll be happy to help heal you.

In love with life,
In service to the truth,
Feel the rumble,
Great Spirit is a-comin' through!

Feels Good

Written By: Matt Coffman

Feels good to fly,
Feels good to sing,
Feels good to glide
On these sacred wings
That the kindest of Queens has given me.

Feels good to flow,
Feels good to soar,
Feels good to know
That there's so much more
To this magic than I could ever dream.

Mountains full of meadows and thick with trees,
I hitch a ride on this summer breeze,
Twirling through the forest with the Earth below,
Heart expanding, pushing me to grow.

Feels good to laugh,
Feels good to dance,
Feels good to love,
And to take a chance
On this moment with all its mystery.

Feels good to up,
Feels good to down,
Feels good to land
Back on solid ground.
The Earth, my Mother, is always there for me.

Happy to be resting after such a flight,
Might that be all I'll fly tonight?
What is that within me? It's the Queen again
Billowing my wings with her wind.

Starry Night

Written By: MATT COFFMAN

Starry Night,
Black and White,
Quietly
Sparkling.

Jesus is the King,
Forgiving Everything,
Jesus is the King.

Deep Within
Can be frightening.
Fall until,
All is still.

Jesus comes to heal.
Miracles are real.
Jesus comes to heal.

Pray to live.
Pray to give
Peace to all;
Sound the call.

Jesus reigns supreme,
God inside of me,
Jesus reigns supreme.

Now awake.
Giving thanks.
Shining sun.
God is One.

My heart is made of light.
I twinkle in the night.
My heart is made of light.

Earth is alive, awake and divine. (3x)

My heart is made of light.
I twinkle in the night.
My heart is made of light.
I twinkle in the night.
My heart is made of light.
I twinkle in the night.
My heart is made of light.

Discography

Spirited -- Dec. 2009
With the Earth Below -- March 2011