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Matt Ellis is an award winning Americana Singer/Songwriter/Producer from Sydney, Australia. Based in Venice, CA since 2005, he’s just released his fifth solo album, “The Greatest Escape”.



Matt’s music has taken him across the United States, Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico, performing at The Sydney Opera House, Troubadour, Tucson’s Rialto Theatre, CBGBs (RIP), The Bitter End, El Mocambo, Hotel Cafe, The Satellite, Pappy & Harriets and The Annandale Hotel sharing the stages with Calexico, J.Tillman, DeVotchKa, and John Doe to name a few. Album guests have included Nels Cline, Greg Leisz and Merry Clayton, while numerous tracks have been licensed by ABC TV America, MTV, Qantas and The Food Network while receiving airplay on hundreds of Radio Stations around the globe.

In Summer 2012, Matt was hand picked to open for Kasey Chambers at KCRW’s Twilight Series on the Santa Monica Pier, where the seven piece band previewed new tracks to a crowd of 15,000. His last single, recorded with members of Calexico and Chessboxer (Mumford & Sons), was launched to a full house at Hollywood’s “Hotel Cafe” shortly after, and has received airplay on over 50 radio stations across the US, Australia and Europe since. The B-Side, “Dangers of the Night”, became a finalist in the Americana Category of the International Songwriting Competition, Matt’s sixth finalist placing in the past four years. Ellis and his band continued to tour off the back of the single, recently performing a Sold Out show at The Troubadour in L.A. supporting White Buffalo. The band performed throughout Spring and Summer with festival and club dates booked throughout California, Arizona and Texas. During that time, Matt Ellis and his band were guests of AXS Live TV, where Matt discussed his upcoming plans and performed two songs live to air from Downtown’s “L.A. Live”, beaming into 40 million homes across America.

Produced by Ellis and mixed by Craig Schumacher (Neko Case, Calexico, Iron & Wine, M Ward), Matt’s fourth full length album, “Births, Deaths & Marriages” received ISC Awards for multiple tracks and music videos in 2009, 2010 and 2011. The album features eleven Americana tracks and was arguably his best work to date. Returning guest, Greg Leisz (Joni Mitchell, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris) added his haunting signature Pedal Steel, Lap Steel & Banjo to four tracks while Tim Young (Beck, Daniel Johnston) channeled the desert through his Telecaster on five. Calexico’s Nick Luca added further electric guitars, piano and Fender Rhodes while his band mate Jacob Valenzuela rounded out two songs with trumpet. Merry Clayton, best known for her vocals on The Rolling Stones hit “Gimme Shelter”, lent her incredible range to the gospel inspired “Ghosts”, while Matt’s wife, Vavine, joined him on the foot stomping duet, “River Too Wide”.

Vavine joined Matt in duet once again on the previous single, “Candy”, out now on iTunes. This dusty version of the Iggy Pop hit features Matt’s band and guests Jon Niemann on Keys along with Matt Menefee and Ross Holmes from Chessboxer on Banjo and Fiddle. Mixed once again by Craig Schumacher, “Candy” is backed up by the original “Dangers Of The Night”, featuring Jacob Valenzuela on trumpet.

Ellis released a teaser to the new album in late August, a Double A-Side Single, “On The Horizon / Thank You Los Angeles”. The two tracks were the first taste of Matt’s new full length, bringing to light a new, tougher sound that recalls the Australian Singer/Songwriters early rock roots.

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