Sunday, December 18, 2011

PRODUCER SPOTLIGHT:: MATTHEW DANIEL


I just recently connected with this brother and had the pleasure of listening to some of his work. This brother definitely has the touch!!!! Daniel grew up in the small village of St. Margaret’s, not far from London. His musical influences came from an earlier generation of musicians, which include a wide array of artists such as Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Otis Redding and Donny Hathaway.

His parents rewarded young Matthew’s musical interests with piano lessons, where he developed his early skills with classical training. As he entered his teens, his increasing interest in soul and jazz led him to abandon those classical foundations in order to immerse himself fully in the music that spoke most directly to him. Inspired by vocalists that ranged from Bessie Smith to Aretha Franklin, Matthew found that writing lyrics and composing music helped him steer his way through the trials and tribulations of his teen-age years. In time, he also turned to hip-hop and reggae artists, such as Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, and Bob Marley for more creative incentive.
While a career in music journalism or PR might provide him with a long-term fall back plan, it is his work as a songwriter and producer that plays the largest role in Matthew’s life. His debut single, “Lose Your Smile,” featuring Trizonna McClendon, has received a great deal of positive support from Nu-Soul Mag, GrownFolksMusic, Neo 2 Soul Promotions, Bama Love Soul, and Flavour Magazine. Hear's what some have had to say about his work:

. L. Michael Gipson of BET/Centric and SoulTracks.com – “A painter of simple and soothing soundscapes, Matthew Daniel brushstrokes the evening sounds of the lovely and the lonely.”

. Graeme Nethercott founder of UKSoul.org – “Really enjoying these…..is a big look. Natural soul with a UK flavour, loving it!”

. Lyric – Music Journalist for TRIBES Magazine – “UKs Matthew Daniels ushers in a new age of feel good music, taking listeners on a refreshing journey of sweet jazzy sounds mixed with beautiful vocals which leave you comtemplating each verse”

Julie Dexter--"very organic, I like the sparseness (light use) of the drums and the keys… maybe you could add another sound in there still in a minimalistic way to compliment the vocal or a few more harmonies to just build up the vibe a little”

YOU DECIDE...CHECK HIM OUT!!!
Latest tracks by matthewdanielsounds

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