|Birth name||Matthew Santos|
|Born||December 28, 1982|
|Origin||Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Labels||1st & 15th, Atlantic, Candy Rat|
|Associated acts||Dessa, Lupe Fiasco|
Matthew Santos is an American rock and folk singer-songwriter, musician and painter. His music was used in a series of two Radio ads, for American Family Insurance. He became well known for his collaboration with Chicago native Lupe Fiasco on the single "Superstar." He was signed to Lupe Fiasco's 1st & 15th Entertainment record label, a subsidiary of Atlantic Records.
Santos released his album Matters of the Bittersweet in November 2007, under indie-label Candyrat Records. Following the release of the album, he developed a following surrounding his video performances on YouTube. His five-piece band includes Aviva Jaye (vocals, keyboard), Robert Tucker (drums), Graham Burris (bass), and Matthew Nelson (keyboard).
In 2006, Santos was featured on Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor album on the song "American Terrorist." Santos was featured on three additional tracks on Lupe Fiasco's The Cool, released in December 2007; "Superstar", "Streets On Fire", and "Fighters." Santos joined Fiasco on his world tour in 2008, including appearances on MTV's TRL and Spring Break, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and a debut talk show performance on David Letterman's first live show after the 2007 Writer's Guild of America Strike.
In 2007, Santos opened the mtvU Woodie Awards with Lupe Fiasco and performed at the 2008 mtv's Video Music Awards. In addition, Santos performed at Glastonbury Festival, Bonnaroo Festival, the Las Vegas Vegoose Music Festival, Lollapalooza Chicago, South by Southwest, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Summerfest, and Chicago's Around the Coyote Arts Festival.
In 2009, Santos was featured in the single "Chaconne" by Twin Cities hip-hop artist Dessa, a member of Doomtree, from her album A Badly Broken Code. That summer, he was also featured in Chicago magazine as one of the city's top singles.
In 2010, Santos released the album, "This Burning Ship of Fools."
In 2012 Santos released his newest album, "Quickly Disappearing".
As a Crow Flies
As a Crow Flies is Santos' first solo EP, released in 2006.
|2||Fill My Cup|
|3||Shadows In a Shoebox|
Matters of the Bittersweet
Matters of the Bittersweet is Santos' first solo album, released in November 2007 on Candyrat Records.
|1||Shadows in a Shoebox|
|4||Love Sick Fool|
|5||Waiting for the Day|
|6||Daughter of the Sun|
|8||Old Man Winter|
|10||Drop a Coin|
|12||Matters of the Bittersweet|
This Burning Ship of Fools
This Burning Ship of Fools is Santos' second solo album, released May 28, 2010 on Love Sick Fool Records.
|1||Daughter of the Sun|
|2||At My Table (ft. Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews)|
|3||You Will Be Saved|
|4||Wide Eyed Firefly|
|5||The Good Life (ft. Rachele Eve)|
|7||Day of Our Day Dreaming|
|8||Drop A Coin|
|9||Born To Do|
|12||Death, Sex and Regret|
|13||Days Like This|
Quickly Disappearing is Santos' third album, released January 31, 2012 on Candyrat Records.
|2||NVR LKD SO FIN|
|6||History of Ice|
|7||Dead Star Watching|
|8||Not Such a Big World|
|10||Just to See You|
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S. Pop 100||U.S. R&B||UK||UK R&B|
|2007||"Superstar" (Lupe Fiasco featuring Matthew Santos)||10||13||19||4||1||Lupe Fiasco's the Cool|
|2009||"Shining Down" (Lupe Fiasco featuring Matthew Santos)||93||Lasers|
|2006||"American Terrorist"||Lupe Fiasco||Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor|
|2007||"Superstar"||Lupe Fiasco's The Cool|
|"Streets On Fire"|
|2010||"The Chaconne"||Dessa||A Badly Broken Code|
- Matthew Santos' MySpace page. Accessed January 2, 2008.
- Spanglish Magazine interview. Accessed March 25, 2008. Archived May 17, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
- Star Tribune interview (December 20, 2007). Accessed January 8, 2008.
- MetroMix and The RedEye interview Accessed February 15, 2008.
- Billboard Magazine interview (January 2, 2008). Accessed January 5, 2008. Archived September 17, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
- Singersroom article (November 28, 2007) Accessed January 9, 2008.
- Staten Island Advance interview Accessed January 31, 2008.
- Chicago Flame interview Accessed March 3, 2008.
- Lansing Lowdown interview (December 5, 2007). Accessed January 8, 2008.
- Washington Times interview (January 25, 2008). Accessed January 25, 2008,
- Pitchfork Forkcast: Matthew Santos on David Letterman (January 3, 2007). Accessed January 9, 2008.
- Columbia Chronicle interview (January 30, 2008). Accessed January 30, 2008.
- The Michigan Daily interview (December 7, 2007). Accessed January 8, 2008.
- Chicago magazine's top singles: Matthew Santos (June 2009). Accessed June 12, 2009.
- On Matthew Santos and his new record “This Burning Ship of Fools” (March 2009). Accessed March 29, 2010.
- Artist Chart History Billboard. Accessed March 7, 2008.