The Story

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Matt Barber’s non-stop touring schedule has taken him from Branson to L.A, New York to Florida, performing over 300 concerts a year since 2005.

With a passionate, uplifting style reminiscent of Barry Manilow and Michael Buble, Matt delivers songs we know and love with a sincere, meaningful approach. His passion for his music comes through in every song.

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 and Heart of Illinois Fair in his home state.

Matt has toured internationally, performing at festivals, wineries, resorts, country clubs and retirement communities including over 200 Holiday Touch Retirement Communities.

Born in Peoria, IL, Matt took a deep interest in singing at the age of 10, listening to his father Mark, a radio announcer on 101.3 KUUL-FM in Davenport, IA. Growing up, Matt enjoyed singing in choirs, church, and was exposed to big band/jazz music through his grandmothers. Matt performed his first solo concert at the age of 16, and it was then that he decided he wanted to pursue his musical career.

During high school, Matt began to hewn his craft by performing at various venues around the Midwest such as coffee houses, Borders Book Stores, and other local establishments. He performed music written and arranged by musician friend and drummer David Saelens. From attending school during the day and performing on a regular basis at night, he planned his first major US Tour from IL to Los Angeles. In 2005, during his senior year, Matt released “Let’s Keep In Touch,” a collection of original music by friend David Saelens, which Matt dedicated to his High School graduating class.

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.

For more than 12 years of performing full time, Matt has continued to put 110% into his work. His goal is to not only entertain but to also uplift and encourage as many people as possible.

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 seeking representaion from a Record Label.

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

“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 (Pianist and Musical Conductor for Frank Sinatra)

“It is my pleasure to recommend to you Mr. Matt Barber. Matt has been entertaining for us since 2008. Matt is an extremely professional artist, has a kind and engaging personality, and great talent. You will not be disappointed in engaging him as a performer for any audience or venue.”
–Carole Crook, Resident Programs Coordinator, Santa Monica, CA

“Matt performed for us in 2014. His performance is wonderful, he is personable, friendly, professional, and has a great voice. Everyone raved about his show and made sure we booked him for next winter”
–Carolyn and Craig Hayden, Suncoast Resort, Port Richey, FL