Matt Walters (musician)

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Matt Walters (born 31 December 1985) is an independent singer/songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. His music is a blend of folk and pop influences.

Biography[edit]

While studying film at University in Melbourne, Matt began recording demos in his bedroom for a debut album. The demo recordings were passed around and eventually found their way to A&R representatives in the Australian music industry. In a chance meeting with A&R rep Peter Karpin of Mercury records, Matt pulled out his guitar and played Conversation (on 2011 release Farewell Youth) and was offered a recording contract on the spot.[1]

In 2008, he left University and signed to Mercury Records (Universal Music) where he released two EP's, Echo On, in 2009[2][3] and Talking in My Sleep in 2010.[4] His debut album, Farewell Youth was released by Mercury records in May 2011.[5]

Soon after, Walters found an international online audience numbering in the millions when his song I Would Die For You, a 6 and a half-minute ballad that features Australian singer/songwriter Megan Washington, was posted on YouTube by a fan alongside a portrait of a young French man. The song was streamed over 7 million times (as of August 2014) through sheer word of mouth before it was taken down for copyright infringement.[6]

Inspired by the grassroots response online, Walters re-released his debut album Farewell Youth through CD Baby. The album has sold several thousand copies online and I Would Die For You has been downloaded over 20,000 times.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums

  • NightWalk (2014)
  • Farewell Youth (2011)

EP's

  • The Vacant Heart EP (2012)
  • Talking in My Sleep (2010)
  • Echo On (2009)

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