This week I talked with Matt Gold, chart-topping and acclaimed singer-songwriter, about his new EP Let It Out. Recorded with Grammy-winning engineer David Bianco and produced by renowned drummer Kenny Aronoff, it's his most optimistic release to date. Already the single "Appreciated" has charted on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, which is a rare feat for a completely independent artist. You can tell that the songs on the new EP are coming from somewhere very real and euphorically uplifting. Gold's singing and piano playing almost function as a reward for all the soul searching he and his fans have collectively conducted in their musical dialogue.
I also talked with Gold about his spin on LGBT issues. When asked about his personal commitment to LGBT civil rights, he stated:
You know, sometimes I think that we've made so many strides in this area, and then other times I actually feel as if we're losing ground in the movement. It's this contradiction that brings us to the very heart of the issue. In order not to lose ground, I think we all have to invest ourselves, and I will continue to do that the best way I know how, and that is through my music.
Matt Gold, who was raised in Indiana, established himself on the singer-songwriter scene through his tireless work ethic, playing shows on college campuses and small venues and building a robust fan base before releasing his first album. His music resonates with people because of his richly expressive vocals, his sophisticated-but-accessible pop sense and his gorgeous touch on the piano. In addition to his captivating musicality, it's Matt's story that hits the heart of his listeners. He grew up an adopted only child to very religious parents, and within this complex world he bravely came out as gay. Let It Out is Matt's most accomplished and upbeat release. All of his work has a concept and a different sound because the music is his therapy. He states that as he gets happier, so will his music.
For more information on Matt Gold, visit mattgold.net.
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