Matt Wertz

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Matt Wertz
Matt Wertz.jpg
Wertz in September 2012
Background information
Birth name Matthew Stewart Wertz
Born (1979-02-17) February 17, 1979 (age 35)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Origin Liberty, Missouri, U.S.
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 2001–present
Labels Nettwerk, Universal Republic
Associated acts Dave Barnes, Ben Rector
Website www.mattwertz.com
Notable instruments
Guitar

Matt Wertz is a singer-songwriter. Originally from LaVale, MD he now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.[1] His interest in visual art led him to study at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he graduated with a degree in industrial design. While there, his musical talents and ambitions grew.

Life & Career[edit]

Born and raised in Liberty, MO, near Kansas City, Matt Wertz started writing songs his first year of college. After graduation in 2001, Wertz moved to Nashville gained a considerable fan base by performing at Young Life camps, after releasing his first album, Somedays, produced by Steve Wilson. His next studio album, Twenty Three Places (2003) was produced with Ed Cash. Today & Tomorrow was produced by Wertz and best friend Dave Barnes in 2005, and thanks to his constant touring, the singer was signed to Nettwerk Records.[2]

On September 19, 2006, Wertz released his third studio album, Everything in Between. In late 2007, he went back on the road with fellow singer-songwriter and friend Dave Barnes. Their aptly named tour, Two Birds/One Stone, toured around the US, ending in Nashville.

In December 2007, Wertz signed with Universal Republic and released Under Summer Sun in September 2008 featuring some new material as well as cuts off Everything in Between.[3][better source needed]

In November 2009, Wertz announced on his website that he is no longer with Universal Republic and to celebrate, he began giving away If It Ain't Broke..., recorded live at the Triple Door in Seattle on May 28, 2008, as a free album.[4][better source needed]

In January 2011, Wertz released the single, "Feels So Right", as part of his album, Weights & Wings, released on March 15, 2011.[5] He began a tour to promote the album on March 25, 2011, in New York City.[6] He also released a holiday-themed album, Snowglobe, in late 2011.

In anticipation of Wherever / Whenever EP, released on April 1, 2013, Matt Wertz gave away a collection of his personal favorite songs from his celebrated 13-year career.[7]

Heatwave was released on August 27, 2013. Its first single is "Get to You".[8]

He has toured with such acts as Hanson, Jon McLaughlin, Jason Mraz, Jamie Cullum, Gavin Degraw, Matt Nathanson, Five For Fighting, O.A.R., Ben Rector and Jars of Clay, and has headlined several tours nationally in the early-to-mid-2000s (decade).[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

List of albums, with additional information
Album Information
Damascus Road
  • Independent
Somedays
  • Released: 2001
  • First album
  • Produced by Steve Wilson
Orange EP
  • Released: 2002
  • Independent
Twentythree Places
  • Released: 2003
  • Second album
  • Produced by Ed Cash and Matt Wertz
Live in Paradise
  • Released: 2004
  • Live from Boston, MA
Today & Tomorrow EP
  • Released: 2005
  • Independent EP
  • Produced by Dave Barnes and Matt Wertz
Everything in Between
  • Released: 2006
  • Third full length studio album
  • Produced by Ed Cash and Matt Wertz
Under Summer Sun
  • Released: 2008
  • Fourth full length studio album
  • Universal Republic Records
Where We Started EP
  • Released: 2008
  • Universal Republic Records EP
If It Ain't Broke...
  • Released: 2009
  • Full length live album
While We're Becoming EP
  • Released: 2010
  • Handwritten Records EP
Weights & Wings
  • Released: 2011
  • Fifth full length studio album
  • Nettwerk Music Group
Snow Globe
  • Released: 2012
  • Provident Label Group
Whenever/Wherever EP
  • Released: 2013
  • Handwritten Records EP
Heatwave
  • Released: 2013
  • Sixth full length studio album
  • Handwritten Records
  • Produced by Brandon Hood and Matt Wertz
Old Flames EP
  • Released: 2014
  • Handwritten Records EP
  • Nettwerk Music Group

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matt Wertz (February 17, 1979). "Matt Wertz | Music Biography, Credits and Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Matt Wertz | Nettwerk Press Blog". Nettskinny.com. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Under Summer Sun: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Matt Wertz". Matt Wertz. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ February 2, 2011 5:04PM by Nadine Cheung (February 2, 2011). "Matt Wertz, 'Feels So Right' - New Song". AOL Radio Blog. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Matt Wertz Premieres Second Track "Running Back To You" From Upcoming 'Weights & Wings'". Netwerk Press Blog. February 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Matt Wertz : Collection | Free Music Download". Noisetrade.com. April 1, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 
  8. ^ "GET TO YOU video (premiere)". Mattwertz.com. August 14, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2014. 

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