|Birth name||Matthew Thomas Odmark|
January 25, 1974 |
New York City, New York, United States
|Genres||Alternative rock, folk, Christian, country|
|Instruments||Guitar, vocals, banjo|
|Years active||1994 – Present|
|Labels||Essential/Silvertone, Gray Matters/Nettwerk|
|Associated acts||Jars of Clay|
At times, Odmark's first name is noted as "Matthew" instead of "Matt". Curiously, these occurrences all indicate the group's other guitarist Stephen Mason as "Steve Mason", thus expanding Odmark to his full name, while abbreviating Mason's name.
Matthew Odmark was raised in Rochester, New York, and studied English literature. As a youth he knew pianist Charlie Lowell. When guitarist Matt Bronleewe left Lowell's band Jars of Clay, Odmark took his place as guitarist and backing vocalist.
In 2001, Jars of Clay were awarded honorary graduations from Greenville College due to their demonstrated understanding of their craft. Despite never being an attendee of the school, as the group often indicates having formed there, Odmark was granted this award also.
Matthew Odmark is married to wife, Kristen Odmark. They adopted their son, Dylan Matthew Odmark, in 2007. They adopted another son, Owen Leigh Odmark, in 2009.
In 2001, at the Orville H. Gibson Guitar Awards, Odmark received "Best Acoustic Guitar (Male)", selected over fellow nominees, Bon Jovi, Beck, and Bob Dylan.
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