"SO POPULAR IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA THESE DAYS THAT WE EXPECT YOU WILL KNOW HIS NAME. ON MOST EVERYONE'S LIST OF THE FINEST UNSIGNED ACTS IN L.A. - DON'T MISS HIM!"
-- Don McNatt, Writers Roundup

Arriving in Los Angeles from his hometown of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Matthew has quickly taken a stronghold in the burgeoning music scene, earning a reputation for knocking out audiences with his raspy voice and passionate performances. His soulful melodies and deep-reaching lyrics have landed him on top music showcases like ASCAP'S "QUIET ON THE SET", THE BEST OF UNSIGNED L.A., and WESTERN BEAT AMERICAN MUSIC SHOWCASE. Lee was also named a finalist for ACOUSTIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR by The National Academy of Songwriters.

Recently, Matthew has showcased with his band at the EAT'M FESTIVAL in Las Vegas and was selected for two solo showcases at the NXNE MUSIC CONFERENCE in Toronto. He also has been named a top-ten National Performing Songwriter at the 1999 WILDFLOWER MUSIC FESTIVAL in Texas, and was the GRAND PRIZE WINNER in the 1999 SIERRA SONGWRITERS' COMPETITION.

Matthew has worked with a wide range of producers, including Brooks Arthur (Janis Ian), David Kershenbaum (Tracy Chapman, Joe Jackson), and Duane Baron (Ozzy Osbourne, Heart). You can catch Matthew performing both solo and with his band throughout southern California.

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"Songbook" is a collection of 20 of the country's finest independent artists each giving their own interpretation to one of Matthew's songs. This album casts a spotlight on some fantastic singers and musicians flying under the radar, all the while showcasing the versatality and timelessness of Matthew's songs.
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Performing Songwriter Magazine selected "Footsteps" as one of the nation's top twelve independently-released albums for the year 2000.
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Just Plain Folks awarded Matthew "Best Male Singer/Songwriter" album and named "Someone Like You" the "Best Blues Song" for the year 2000, and "Songbook" as the Best Compilation CD for the year 2002.
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You may have already heard Matthew without knowing it. His singing has been featured on several commercials, including national ads for Taco Bell.
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Discography:
Flare, 2005
Songbook, 2002
West of California, 2001
Footsteps, 1999
The Matthew Lee Band, 1997

 

 

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