2018 A New Journey Begins
Long Island, NY singer/songwriter and guitarist Matt Marshak continues to walk the 'Road Less Traveled' in his musical journey. With his early days as a rock/pop sideman on NYC's Bleeker Street, to an international solo career in the funk/jazz world, diversity has been Matt's calling since day one. In 2018, Matt continues his quest to expand his musical horizons and perhaps do what has never been done before--making a transition from jazz artist to incorporating singer songwriter, country/americana and roots music! Matt is busy in the studio recording his most exciting and honest release to date--tentatively titled "Simple Man." So far, Matt has been joined by Nashville powerhouse writing team "Between The Lines," which features Cara Hogan and Steve Dean (Rodney Atkins, Reba McEntire, Alabama, George Strait). On a cold Winter weekend they wrote 8 undeniable americana/crossover tunes on the east end of Long Island in Matt's studio. Matt is currently in the studio recording this material, and we hope for a 2018 release. Stay tuned for single releases, album news, and the debut video release.
The upcoming 2019 release "Simple Man" will feature the uplifting and hopeful crossover pop/country tune "One in a Million (still got a chance)." This groovin' track features Nashville's Andy Ellison (John Pardi) on pedal steel, Long Island musicians Pat Falco on bass, Jon Preddice on background vocals, and Matt's brother Chris Marshak on drums. This tune was mixed by Grammy award winning producer and mix engineer Billy Hume in Atlanta(Infamous Stringdusters). "Way Down" bridges the sounds of country and funk and has been mixed by Grammy award winning engineer Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn). "Prayer for You" is an emotional tune bringing a heartfelt sense of hope to those who have lost their way in our world. "Tell Me Something Good" is the song we all want to hear--with the never ending news headlines of everything that's wrong with our world, this uplifting song brings a sense of hope and reassurance that there is still some good in this world--Nashville's Eddie Gore mixed and brought this song to life. There is also the title track "Simple Man" which crosses into multiple genres with some self reflection from Matt. This catchy tune features Maryland's Benjie Porecki and Nashville's Michael Webb (Chris Stapleton/Poco) on keys, and Atlanta's Sean Michael Ray on bass. Texas country music drummer Christian Dorn is also featured on the track. Lastly, the heartfelt "Hurts Each Time" tells the story of those who must hit the road to make their living. Nashville's Alex Wright is featured on keys and Ryan Youmans is the mix engineer. Please stay tuned for more announcements on the new release.
Matt Marshak grew up on Eastern Long Island, NY. Rock n' roll and the blues were his first love. Guitarists Jimi Hendrix and BB King were some of his earliest influences. Matt performed with many bands as a sideman in NY performing at venues such as The Bitter End. On one special night, while Matt was performing, legendary Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore listened to the set and praised Matt for his guitar work--this was a pivotal moment for Matt and his musical journey.
Later it would be jazz guitarists such as Larry Carlton and George Benson who would influence Matt's music. R&B and Funk icons such as Prince and James Brown also had a major impact on Matt's music. Matt began performing his own original jazz at a little restaurant in Oyster Bay, NY called "Fiddleheads." Within months the trio had attracted a big following and they were soon invited to perform at the IMAC theater in Huntington, NY. NYC jazz station CD101.9 at the time named Matt "Best New Artist" and he received airplay from his new album. Matt also began to tour the USA and Europe in support of his jazz releases. Matt would soon perform on the same bills as artists such as Carlos Santana, Larry Carlton, David Sanborn, among other iconic artists. Tour stops included the Dubai International Jazz Festival, Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Spain's Mallorca Jazz Festival to name a few. In 2017 Matt was the featured artist with Prince saxman Marcus Anderson on a #1 Billboard Jazz song "Cup of Joe."
The country/americana/crossover influence could start to be felt in Matt's music on his cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire." Matt put out an atmospheric and heartfelt vocal and instrumental version of Bruce classic on his "On The Rocks" album. Artists such as Vince Gill, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Lyle Lovett, Randy Travis would also have a big influence on Matt's songwriting and singing style.
In 2014 while performing in North Carolina, Matt was approached by furniture company Pulaski Furniture to put out a furniture line inspired by Matt's blend of blues and jazz music. The furniture line was called "Rhythm and Home" and featured two groups: "Vintage Tempo" and "Modern Harmony." Furniture legend Don Mitchell embraced this upcoming artist and the furniture line was sold across the USA. Pulaski also put out "Highway to Home" with recording artist Eric Church at about the same time. This was a major happening for Matt as an independent artist. Many new fans found out about Matt and his unique and eclectic style through this great opportunity.
Besides recording and touring, a big part of Matt's life is performing for children across the country. Matt regularly visits school bringing his love and passion for music and guitar to the next generation of our world. Matt's mission is to bring peace and joy through music, to expose children to real instruments, and to play a variety of styles and sounds for the children. Matt also visits many programs for children who have special needs. Matt believes that music is a "universal language" that everyone can feel and enjoy.
Matt Marshak began with rock and blues, toured the world playing his brand of funky blues and jazz, and has now began another musical journey as a singer songwriter. His background is rich and diverse. His style is unique and original. He brings a new and fresh approach to country/americana/roots music. Stay tuned for the release of "Simple Man' for 2019.