Matt Scannell

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Matt Scannell
Matt Scannell 2014.jpg
Scannell in 2014
Background information
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards
Years active 1991–present
Associated acts Vertical Horizon
New Kids On The Block
Troye Sivan

Matthew "Matt" Scannell is an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and musician. Scannell is the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, primary songwriter, and founding member of the alternative rock band Vertical Horizon.[1]


Scannell is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts.[1][2] He was given his first guitar when he was seven years old.[3] Scannell attended high school at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts.[2] He enrolled at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. after graduation from high school.[1]

In 1991, Scannell and another Georgetown student, Keith Kane, formed Vertical Horizon.[1] The two began performing in Washington clubs in October 1991.[2] Scannell received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Georgetown University in 1992.[2][4]

The duo released their first album, There and Back Again, in 1992 after graduation from Georgetown.[1] Scannell has since appeared as the lead vocalist of all of Vertical Horizon's albums.

Singer Richard Marx and Scannell collaborated to release the albums Duo in 2008 and Duo Live in 2010. On June 8, 2011, Scannell appeared at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois, with actor Hugh Jackman.[5] Scannell and Jackman were invited to perform as guests of Marx.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Artist Profiles: Vertical Horizon". Billboard Magazine (page 98). May 21, 2001. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  2. ^ a b c d Catlin, Roger (February 1, 2001). "Vertical Horizon Reaches For Stars: From Acoustic To Metal, Band Finally Hits It Big". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Meet Vertical Horizon". The Vindicator. November 16, 2002. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  4. ^ Skeehan, Patrick (October 17, 2003). "5,000 Students and Alumni Attend Homecoming Tailgate". The Hoya. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 
  5. ^ a b "Hugh Jackman to perform at Arcada in SC". The Beacon-News. May 23, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-17. 

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