Matt Goss

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Matt Goss
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Goss performing at the Bros reunion concert in 2017
Background information
Birth nameMatthew Weston Goss
Born (1968-09-29) 29 September 1968 (age 53)
Lewisham, London, England[1]
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Instrument(s)Vocals, guitar, piano, bass, keyboards, programming
Years active1986–present
LabelsDecca, Virgin
Websitewww.mattgoss.co.uk

Matthew Weston Goss (born 29 September 1968) is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer of 1980s pop group Bros, which also featured his twin brother Luke as the drummer. Goss as a solo artist has released five studio albums.

Goss wrote the theme song for So You Think You Can Dance, produced by Nigel Lithgow.[2]

Early life[edit]

Matthew Goss was born on 29 September 1968 at Lewisham Hospital, in the London borough of Lewisham. He is the twin and younger brother of Luke Goss.

Career[edit]

Goss became famous as lead singer of the English pop band, Bros. Bros' debut album, Push, went platinum four times,[3] earned 8 top five hits and remained on the U.K. charts for an astonishing 54 weeks.[4]

He began his solo career in 1995, and by early 2021 had released 23 singles, four of which have been Top 40 hits.[5] Goss worked with Paul Oakenfold on the single "Firefly", which was remixed and reached #1 on the World Trance chart.[citation needed]

In June 2009, it was announced that he would be playing live shows at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.[6] In the short span of nine months, the show was an immediate success and then moved to Caesars Palace in January 2010. The critically acclaimed show has become a solid Strip favorite, running for over 10 years.[citation needed] He has been crowned, "The New King of Las Vegas"[7] by his Vegas constituents. Goss was given the keys to the Las Vegas Strip and 8 August was declared 'Matt Goss Day' in the city.

The Vegas show was brought to UK venues including the Royal Albert Hall (London), and Wembley Arena (London)[8] where he won the SSE Arena Award for Best Show of 2016 (the SSE is not an official award with rumours that the voting was fixed with fans of the Goss star voting more than once).

2018 saw the release of the BAFTA-winning movie about he and his brother's life entitled Bros: After the Screaming Stops.[9]

In early 2020, Goss recorded his version of "If I Aint Got You", which was produced by Babyface. The song was released as a fundraiser for the NHS during the Covid pandemic, Goss wanted to raise £50,000, but after three months, it raised just over £15,000.[10]

Goss announced that he will release his fifth studio album, The Beautiful Unknown, which was originally scheduled for release in September 2021 than was put back to 19 November 2021,[11] before being released on 25 March 2022. The charted at number 7 on the UK official charts for one week and sold less 8000 copies wordwide. The album also failed to chart on any other album chart worldwide. "It's a phrase I use a lot in my poetry ... because I think inherently we have been programmed to actually fear tomorrow and ... the years ahead ... I just want to live in a place where the unknown is a beautiful thing."[12] Goss said he had no interest in making music or singing again, due to his rigorous schedule performing in the United States.[13] However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, Goss had a chance to reset and record again. "So it was quite an extraordinary thing, ironically, the connection that I found talking about much deeper issues, was the reason I actually ended up wanting to make a new record, and realising there were indeed people that wanted me to keep going."[13] Goss stated he felt excited for the release of the album with the hope that the music industry takes notice of his efforts. "I want to compete with Ed Sheeran, I want to compete with The Weeknd, I want to be compete with Robbie Williams...everyone. I made this record knowing 100% that we can do that. I want to be one of the main players. No-one can say this isn't a contemporary record."[14]

In addition to his solo work, Goss has confirmed plans to reunite with brother Luke on an "outrageous" Bros comeback album.[15]

Goss expressed an interest in collaborating with Adele. "I’d love to sing with Adele and I think we’d gel really well together. We’re both Londoners, which really appeals to me."[16]

On the 8th August 2022 he was announced as the eighth contestant on the 20th series of Strictly Come Dancing.[17]

Bibliography[edit]

Goss authored two books: the best-selling More Than You Know: The Autobiography,[18] published in 2005, and Bear Crimbo,[19] a children's story and intellectual property which had been in the process of a major release worldwide for Christmas 2021.

Personal life[edit]

Goss has never been married and has no children. Goss has a pet French Bulldog named Reggie.[20] As of April 2022, he is dating jeweller Chantal Brown.[21]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Chart positions Certifications
Worldwide[22]
The Key
  • Released: 6 May 1996[23]
  • Label: Polydor
Early Side of Later
  • Released: June 2004
  • Label: Concept Music
87
Gossy
  • Released: August 2009
  • Label: TMG
Life You Imagine
  • Released: October 2013
  • Label: Universal Records
27
The Beautiful Unknown
  • Released: 25 March 2022
  • Label: Lewisham Records
7

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
UK
[24][25]
BEL
1995 "The Key" 40 35 The Key
1996 "Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away"
"If You Were Here Tonight" 23
2003 "I'm Coming with Ya" 22 Non-album single
2004 "Fly" 31 Early Side of Later
2006 "It's the End of the Road" Non-album single
"Evil" Gossy
2010 "Firefly" (with Paul Oakenfold)
2011 "Fighting for Love" Non-album single
2013 "Strong" Life You Imagine
2014 "I Do"
"Nothing Like This"
2016 "A Vegas Summer" Non-album single
"Gone Too Long"
2018 "Red Flares"
2020 "If I Ain't Got You"
2021 "Somewhere to Fall" The Beautiful Unknown
"Better with You"
"Saved"

As featured artist[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
UK
1995 "Supermodel Sandwich W/Cheese" (Terence Trent D'arby feat. Matt Goss) Vibrator
2004 "I Need the Key" (Minimal Chic feat. Matt Goss) 54 Non-album Single
2005 "With Or Without You" (Minimal Chic feat. Matt Goss)
2013 "Touch the Sky" (Paul Oakenfold, Matt Goss & The Concrete Sneakers)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Search Results for England & Wales Births 1837-2006 – findmypast.co.uk". search.findmypast.co.uk.
  2. ^ "Matt Goss Pens 'So You Think You Can Dance' Theme Song". Top40-Charts.com. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  3. ^ "BPI". Bpi.co.uk.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Push | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts.
  5. ^ "Matt Goss | full Official Chart History". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  6. ^ "Grand Opening of Matt Goss Live From Las Vegas at Palms Casino Resort Photos and Premium High Res Pictures – Getty Images". Gettyimages.co.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Show Tickets". Lasvegas.showtickets.com.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ Wembley, The SSE Arena. "Matt Goss | The SSE Arena, Wembley". Ssearena.co.uk. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  9. ^ "EDITING: FACTUAL – WILL GILBEY, Bros: After the Screaming Stops". bafta.org. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Help raise £10000 to help our NHS heroes". JustGiving.com. Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  11. ^ "Upbringing: Matt Goss". DIY Magazine. 3 September 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  12. ^ Mills, Sarah (13 October 2021). "Matt Goss hopes new album will take him from Vegas to world tour". Reuters. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  13. ^ a b "Matt Goss: I was abusing my body and my life". InsideNova. 18 September 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  14. ^ Griffiths, George (23 March 2022). "Matt Goss on new album The Beautiful Unknown: "I want to compete with Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd"". Official Charts. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  15. ^ "Matt Goss to reunite with brother Luke on 'outrageous' Bros comeback album". Retro Pop. 22 December 2021. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  16. ^ "Matt Goss eyes Adele collaboration". Music-News.com. 13 April 2022. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  17. ^ "When will Matt Goss be on Strictly? 2022!". BBC. 8 August 2022. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  18. ^ More Than You Know – Matt Goss – Amazon. ASIN 0007201451.
  19. ^ Bear Crimbo – Amazon. ASIN 0981538134.
  20. ^ Rea, Samantha (22 February 2022). "Ex-Bros frontman Matt Goss on why he loves to run". Runner's World. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  21. ^ "Bros star Matt Goss enjoys a date with jeweller girlfriend Chantal Brown days after revealing he was 'kicked off' dating apps". RetNews. 12 April 2022. Retrieved 14 April 2022.
  22. ^ "Matt Goss – Album Official Charts". Official Charts. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
  23. ^ "Music Week" (PDF). Worldradiohistory.com. 4 May 1996. p. 46. Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  24. ^ Matt Goss, Official Charts, retrieved 15 October 2010
  25. ^ Minimal Chic Featuring Matt Goss, Official Charts, retrieved 15 October 2015

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