Matt Simons

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Matt Simons
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Background information
Born (1987-02-20) February 20, 1987 (age 31)
Palo Alto, California
Genres Pop
Years active 2010–present
Labels PIAS Recordings
Website mattsimonsmusic.com

Matt Simons is an American singer-songwriter based in Brooklyn, New York City. Self-releasing his first EP Living Proof in 2012, he has since gone on to release two full-length albums globally, achieving chart success across Europe, South Africa, and the Americas.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Matt Simons was born and brought up in Palo Alto, California. Hailing from a music family, his grandparents were both opera singers in Los Angeles.[2] Having played the saxophone from an early age, he got a degree in Jazz Saxophone Performance at the Purchase College Conservatory, as well as learning to play on piano, switching to clarinet, guitar, and the aforementioned saxophone, eventually settling back on piano.[3]

Career[edit]

He released his first EP Living Proof in 2010 and spent 2011 touring the United States and Europe, including the UK, Germany and the Netherlands. He usually plays piano and keyboards while singing. He also plays the saxophone, included improvised solos on the track "Fall in Line" and in live performances of "I'm Already Over You".

He released his debut album Pieces on 19 June 2012, "Gone" being his debut single. The 10-track album with 9 being his own compositions was produced by Nashville producer and sound engineer Stephen Goose by David.

Simons gained fame in the Netherlands after his rendition of "With You" taken from his album Pieces was picked as one of the theme songs on the Dutch soap television series Goede Tijden, Slechte Tijden. The song reached No. 8 on the Dutch Single Top 100 chart and also peaked at No. 8 in the Dutch Top 40 chart. It was also picked as Mega Hit by the Dutch radio station 3FM in January 2013.[4] As a result the album Pieces also appeared on the Dutch Albums Top 100 chart.

His greatest commercial success came with "Catch & Release" title track from his similarly titled album Catch & Release, released in 2014.[5] Originally it became a hit in the Netherlands and Spain as it appeared on the album, but the song saw even further success when it was remixed in 2015[5] by Dutch house duo producers Deepend, charting as "Catch & Release (Deepend Remix)" across Europe, reaching number 1 in Spain, Belgium, Germany and France,[6] as well as reaching gold status Norway, Portugal, France, Canada, South Africa, and Austria, and platinum status in Belgium, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.[7]

In 2018, he returned with the single "We Can Do Better", released April 4, and announced more music and his third album to be released later in the year.[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album AUT
BEL
(Fl)

[9]
BEL
(Wa)

[10]
GER
NLD
[11]
SWI
[12]
SWE
2012 Pieces 23
2014 Catch & Release 32 167 95 37[13] 12 15 50
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Title
2010 Living Proof
2016 When the Lights Go Down

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak positions
AUT
[14]
BEL
(Fl)

[10]
BEL
(Wa)

[10]
FRA
[15]
GER
[16]
NLD
[11]
SWE
[17]
2012 "Gone"
"With You" 8
2014 "Catch & Release" 58 93 100
2015 "Catch & Release" (Deepend Remix) 4 1 1 1 1 5 47
"You Can Come Back Home" 43
2016 "Breng me naar het water" (with Marco Borsato) 53 21
"How Do I Know?" (with Anne Sila) 96
"Lose Control" 64 56 37 76 43
"When the Lights Go Out" [A] [B]
2018 "We Can Do Better" 50 29 8 52 47 92
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Notes

  1. ^ "When the Lights Go Out" did not enter the Flanders Ultratop chart, but did enter the Ultratip chart.
  2. ^ "When the Lights Go Out" did not enter the Wallonia Ultratop chart, but did enter the Ultratip chart.

Filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Entrevista: Matt Simons fala sobre sucesso na Europa e shows no Brasil • Nação da Música (@nacaodamusica)". Nação da Música (@nacaodamusica) (in Portuguese). 2016-09-05. Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  2. ^ "ABOUT - MATT SIMONS". MATT SIMONS. Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  3. ^ "MATT SIMONS per la prima volta in Italia da headliner ad ottobre! - Barley Arts". Barley Arts (in Italian). 2016-05-17. Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  4. ^ "With-You 3FM Mega Hit". 3FM. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-03-03. 
  5. ^ a b 40, Stichting Nederlandse Top. "Matt Simons - Catch & Release". Top40.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  6. ^ "Matt Simons - Catch & Release (Deepend Remix)". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  7. ^ "Matt Simons - BusinessBoost Live". BusinessBoost Live (in Dutch). 2017-10-27. Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  8. ^ "New music: Watch Matt Simons' adorable video for uplifting single We Can Do Better". Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  9. ^ "Matt Simons discography page". ultratop.be/nl/. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  10. ^ a b c "Matt Simons discography page". ultratop.be/fr/. Retrieved 2015-12-28. 
  11. ^ a b "DutchCharts.com Matt Simons discography page". Dutchcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  12. ^ "Matt Simons discography page". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2016-01-27. 
  13. ^ "Matt Simons - Catch And Release". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  14. ^ AustrianCharts.at: Matt Simons discography
  15. ^ LesCharts.com Matt Simons discography
  16. ^ "Matt Simons - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 
  17. ^ "Matt Simons discography page". Swedish Charts. Retrieved 2018-08-17. 

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