Matt Bates plays his original songs as a solo act at farmers markets, restaurant venues and festivals in southern Ontario. His is a singer-songwriter style with a principal radio category of adult contemporary. Matt’s songs are inspired by the people, places and history of Southern Ontario. He sings and plays guitar, piano and saxophone (not all at the same time : )
As a songwriter Matt has been influenced by many genre’s; Jazz standards for their complex harmonic motion and tension filled melodies, 60’s Pop for breaking free from typical chord progressions and accentuation of bass and beat, Electronica and Ambient music for its ability to create space, and Country for emotions worn on your sleeve.
Matt has lived in Toronto most of his life before moving to his new home in the country north of Orangeville, Ontario.
Matt is represented by Everyone’s A Star Records and MarkerPoint Publishing.
Best Audience Feedback:
“Thanks for telling the truth, man”, at the Elephant’s Nest Pub in Chatham, ON