Matthew Perryman Jones

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Matthew Perryman Jones
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Matthew Perryman Jones performing at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, October 2008.
Background information
Born (1973-12-25) December 25, 1973 (age 44)
Origin Levittown, Pennsylvania
Genres Pop rock, folk rock, indie
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 2000–present
Labels Independent
Associated acts Ten Out of Tenn

Matthew Perryman Jones (born 1973) is an American singer and songwriter who currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.


Jones began his career as a singer-songwriter in 1997, playing his first public performances at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Georgia.[1] In 2000, Jones issued his first solo release, Nowhere Else but Here, after moving to Nashville to pursue music full-time.

In 2006, he released the album Throwing Punches in the Dark. Produced by Neilson Hubbard, the album was a departure from his folk/Americana sound to something more pop rock.

In 2007, Jones performed at the historic Alabama Theatre in Birmingham, Alabama for the 10-year celebration of the syndicated radio program, Reg's Coffee House, sharing the stage with Stoll Vaughan, Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Patty Griffin. At this show, Matthew first performed his song Save You which, after recording, would launch Jones onto the national scene with a high profile placement in the season finale of Kyle XY.

In 2008, Jones teamed up with producer Neilson Hubbard to produce the album Swallow the Sea. Released August 19, 2008, this album that included the single Save You, gained traction in television and saw a growing number of placements in North American prime time television through 2012. The song's 2009 music video features Jaimie Alexander, the actress who portrayed Jessi on the TV series Kyle XY.[2]

In 2010, Jones released two EPs. One official release, The Distance in Between, and another unofficial digital release Crash, Boom, Bang, which was released exclusively through NoiseTrade. Crash, Boom, Bang was a collection of songs either that did not make the cut on Swallow the Sea or were not finished enough to be included.[citation needed]

Jones released his third full-length record, Land of the Living, on May 29, 2012.[3] According to American Songwriter, the album was funded through Kickstarter[4] by his fans and was inspired by high art and philosophy, such as "Vincent van Gogh's letters to his brother, Theo van Gogh; Federico García Lorca’s idea of Duende (a heightened sense of emotion, expression, and authenticity in music), and the writings of Persian poet and philosopher Rumi."[5]



  • Nowhere Else But Here, 2000
  • Throwing Punches in the Dark, March 7, 2006
  • Swallow the Sea, August 19, 2008
  • Until the Dawn Appears, March 8, 2011
  • Land of the Living, May 29, 2012
  • Cold Answer, July 22, 2015


  • For the Road, 2003
  • Crash, Boom, Bang (digital only release), 2010
  • The Distance in Between, April 13, 2010


  • "Where the Road Meets the Sun", May 15, 2009
  • "Out of Reach", September 14, 2009
  • "Until The Last Falling Star", October 12, 2010
  • "Only You", October 21, 2010
  • "Looking for You Again", November 1, 2011


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  2. ^ "Save You music video". September 4, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 16, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ "MPJ & the Search for Duende". August 6, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  5. ^ Allen, Eric (June 5, 2012). "Matthew Perryman Jones: Land of the Living". American Songwriter. Retrieved June 6, 2012. 

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