Matt Morgan has always had a deep love for music and song – it’s something that runs in his blood. Matt’s grandfather bought him his first guitar at ten, but it wasn’t until high school that Matt really started to learn the craft and absorbed anything and everything he could listen to. Matt’s hometown, St. Louis, Missouri, was an ideal place to hear numerous genres that create the melting pot of the Midwest. From blues to country, to hip-hop and beyond, these genres became a foundation for Matt’s music and have clearly left their mark on his signature style of singing, playing, and compositions.
In 2004 Matt began attending Mcmaster University in Hamilton, Ontario where he formed the Emerson Street Rhythm Band, cutting their teeth in the local scene. After graduation, Matt made the move to Toronto and has since become a full-time performing musician playing well over 200 shows per year including The Queens Plate; Toronto Festival of Beer; Beaches Jazz Fest; and shows at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern. He has played with artists such as Headley, Goo Goo Dolls, The Arkells, The Pick Brothers, Five Alarm Funk, and many more.
Matt has released three full-length albums, several singles, and received a FACTOR grant in 2012 with Emerson Street Rhythm Band for his song, “Otherman”. He’s gained notable recognition from NOW magazine, and Hamilton Blues Lovers, as well as accolades from industry peers such as Jake Gold, Doug Romanow, Mike Rocha, Maylee Todd, Julian Taylor, and Max Kerman.
As a Toronto music veteran, Matt has held residencies at various venues in the city from the Shangri-la Hotel, Earls on King Street, and Vatican Gift Shop. While Covid-19 has halted any travel, Matt has toured throughout the US and looks forward to getting on the road as soon as it’s safe to do so. In the meantime, follow Matt Morgan Music on Facebook for any upcoming online shows.
Matt is currently working on releasing a new self-titled EP due out in 2020. Expect a mix of roots, country, and blues with a touch of soul.