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August 2018: Latest News

// August 1st, 2018

Happy August!

Matt has been having an exciting year performing and recording some new material. He is excited to announce the recording of his first original composition “Moments In Time,” co-written with friend and collaborator Day Kelly. The song will be released later this summer!

Matt completed an amazing recording session in Nashville at Prime Cut Studios, with several other great new recordings which we will be excited to release soon!

This summer Matt had a great tour of the Midwest, with stops in IL, IA, IN, MO, KY.

We are excited to share the new music with you!

Matt’s Story

// May 31st, 2018

With a passionate, uplifting style reminiscent of Barry Manilow and Michael Buble, Matt Barber delivers songs we know and love with a sincere, meaningful approach. His passion for his music comes through in every song. Matt has performed over 300 concerts per year around the world for more than a decade.

Matt’s music has recently been featured on Los Angeles radio station KJAZZ 88.1 FM.  Matt has had had the honor of performing at notable venues, including The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, Andy Williams’ Moon River Restaurant in Branson, as well as the Illinois State Fair, to name a few.

Matt has performed around the world, performing at festivals, wineries, resorts, colleges, country clubs and retirement communities.

Since 2005, Matt has released five albums, “Romancing Nashville (2007)”, “Love Notes From Paradise (2009),” “It’s Been A Merry Christmas (2009),” and “The Masterpiece Collection (2011),” and “More Today Than Yesterday (2015),” with arrangements by Alan McPike and recorded in Nashville, TN by Daniel Dennis. Matt has recorded and toured with good friend, Day Kelly, former trumpet player for Ray Charles and also recorded an original song by Day Kelly, “It’s Been A Merry Christmas” available on iTunes.

Matt’s show, “The Matt Barber Experience” consists of “fun, upbeat, and relaxing music from the heart,” providing an extensive repertoire of music, making for a fun, relaxing, and interesting experience for a romantic evening with that special person, or a fun night which you can bring your whole family to enjoy.

Future plans include touring abroad and bringing his shows to younger audiences including colleges. Matt is currently accepting offers from major record labels.

“If I can help people forget their problems, feel uplifted, and bring them some happiness, then I’ve done my job,” says Matt.

 
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Get Matt’s 10 Year Anniversary Album “More Today Than Yesterday”

// September 29th, 2017

 

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In 2015, Matt celebrated his 10 year anniversary of performing by releasing this amazing new album featuring classics from his shows performed nationally since 2005.

“More Today Than Yesterday” features fresh arrangements of classic songs that have been special to Matt and part of his shows over the past 10+ years, made famous by artists including Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Chris Montez, Andy Williams, Jack Jones, Nat King Cole, and more.

As a tribute to Matt’s dad, Mark who passed away June 27, 2013, Matt recorded one of his dad’s favorite songs “Route 66.”  The album features a bonus track with 10 minutes of recordings of Mark from his radio days on 103.7 KUUL-FM as well as one of my Matt’s early recordings, “You Are My Friends,” an original song by friend David Saelens.

The album includes a guest appearance by Paul Von Adam (former trumpeter for Andy Williams), Gary Dooms (former sax player for Mickey Gilley), and Denny Yeary (bass singer for the Blackwoods)

You may purchase the CD here or through CDbaby.  Digital copy available through iTunes.

 

In Memory of Vincent Falcone, former pianist and conductor for Frank Sinatra

// March 29th, 2017

“I congratulate you on your ability to keep alive the great music we love alive and well.  Keep up the good work and I wish you continued success in your career.  My best to you!  – Vinnie Falcone”

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