Matt Jones
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Matt Jones

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
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The best kept secret in music


Nicki Escudero
Sept. 26, 2006 03:51 PM
Don't let the dingy atmosphere fool you - squeaky clean pop is making its way to the Big Fish Pub.

Those who are looking for a music-filled night of Ryan Cabrera-esque tunes should head on down to the joint, where two young up-and-comers channel the artist in their own performances.

Brandon Stanley, a soulful pop singer, has toured with the Ryster himself and garnered a Billboard Top 40 single with his song, "If I Fall." He's signed to Bcd Music Group, and while most of his work is faith-based, people of all beliefs will be able to appreciate his vocal chops and ability to hit the high notes.

He'll be joined by Matt Jones, another heartthrob-in-the-making, whose pop songs make you question just why he isn't signed yet. Both guys have been busy touring and pushing their records, and you'll be able to grab Stanley's Songs from the Middle Lane and Jones' Better Transitions at the show.
- Arizona Republic

On his first solo disc, Albuquerque’s Matt Jones serves up a bevy of tunes that go down as easily as his two-syllable moniker. Filled with ten nuggets of succinct pop-rock, “Better Transitions” mostly sees the singer-songwriter in and out of frustrating romantic entanglements. (Each with the same girl-muse as subject? Still up for debate.) A combination of Dave Matthews Band-like rhythmic variety and Ed McCain’s easy-listening sensibility, the disc could prove indispensable to Jason Mraz fans too relationship-contemplative for their own good.

Certainly, Jones most resonant “Transitions” contribution is his honesty. His tunes reveal an individual – first and foremost - at odds with himself: He is a Chris Martin of sorts, minus the political ax to grind. On “Breakable,” Jones reminds us “he’s also breakable” just to re-assert his confidence three tracks later. (“Let It Out” first lyric: “I am the greatest.”) This is the kind of inward uncertainty that makes for great ‘outward’ musicians.

“Transitions’” strongest cuts include opener “Hang Around,” a breezy summer anthem in which Jones’ lithe tenor trills its way through a simple request of a new female acquaintance. And on the soul-searching “Magic” – a 2005 finalist for New Mexico’s Best Mainstream Rock Song - producer Ben Andrews joins Jones on piano for a four-minute opus to twenty-something angst. But it’s a testament to Jones’ songwriting that even forty-somethings can relate to it.

Jones is currently touring the Southwest U.S. in support of the disc. Check for dates.
- Jen Clay, SPIN Magazine


Better Transistions - features tracks on and Itunes
The Segue EP - track "Austin" has received moderate radio play in key markets in the Southwest region


Feeling a bit camera shy


Matt Jones is a singer/songwriter that looks to the idiosyncrasies in life and magnifies them to the point where listeners say, Oh yeah, I can see that. Matt is originally from Albuquerque, NM and has performed in numerous areas all over the western United States (NM, TX, AZ, CO, CA, WA) and in Canada. He would like his brand of light-hearted pop/rock to be challenging yet palatable in the ears of his listeners, and for them to be able to whistle his tunes the rest of the day.

The emphasis in Matts music is on songwriting, vocal ability, and rhythmic nuances. While Matts songs are resoundingly pop-oriented, he likes to entice listeners with interesting arrangements and subject matter. These elements tie together to make music that has great replay value, and is easy to remember.

Matt is currently touring with his CD, Better Transitions, his solo debut. Matt is a two-time New Mexico Music Industry Award nominee; in 2005 for Best Mainstream Rock song for his song Magic recorded with guitarist/producer Larry Mitchell (Tracy Chapman), and in 2006 for Best Rock/Alternative Song for his song Hang Around. Matt is scheduled in the showcase for the 2006 Durango Songwriters Expo in Santa Barbara, and was also a featured performer at the 2004 Expo. Matt has shared the stage with a number of different artists including singer/songwriter Edie Carey, indie-rockers Soular, 18-year old prodigy/artist Ronnie Day, and Matt has even opened for the great Rod Stewart.

". . .Albuquerques Matt Jones serves up a bevy of tunes that go down as easily as his two-syllable moniker." -Jennifer Clay, SPIN Magazine

". . .Matt Jones, another heartthrob-in-the-making, whose pop songs make you question just why he isn't signed yet." - Nicki Escudero, The Arizona Republic