Matt Ellis

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Matt Ellis is an award winning Americana Singer/Songwriter/Producer from Sydney, Australia. Based in Venice, California since 2006, Ellis is currently working on his fifth solo album, while enjoying airplay from his latest release, the double A-Side Single, “Candy / Dangers of the Night”.

Matt’s four solo albums have 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.

Last August, 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 latest 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 have 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 is 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 joins Matt in duet once again on the new 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 againby Craig Schumacher, “Candy” is backed up by the original “Dangers Of The Night”, featuring Jacob Valenzuela on trumpet.

Matt Ellis is on the verge of even bigger things next year. Pre-production has begun on 20+ new songs, with recording sessions penciled in for the Fall, once again teaming up with Craig Schumacher at Tucson‘s Wavelab Studios. Stand by for the next chapter of Matt Ellis’ career, with the release of new material in early 2014.

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