Growing up in London, producer, songwriter and composer Matthew Daniel’s earliest musical influences came from an earlier generation of musicians, albeit a timeless one which included a wide array of artists such as Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Otis Redding and Donny Hathaway.
The young Matthew, studied Classical Piano, where he developed his early performance skills. As he entered his teens, his increasing interest in soul led him to abandon those classical foundations in order to immerse himself fully in music that spoke most directly to him.
Inspired by vocalists that ranged from Bessie Smith to Aretha Franklin, Matthew found that writing poetry and composing music helped him steer his way through the trials and tribulations of his growing up years. He also turned to R&B and Jazz artists such as Amy Winehouse, D’Angelo, Me’Shell N’degeocello and Jazmine Sullivan, to name a few.
Matthew Daniel also finds lyrical inspiration in the words of such poets as Nikki Giovanni, Langston Hughes and Rita Dove, whose work spoke eloquently to him of real life. At a youth club in London, Matthew began to explore the world of the recording studio.
Already an accomplished Music Journalist, Matthew has written for Clash Music in 2012 interviewing Rufus Wainwright and Cypress Hill. While a career in Music Journalism might provide him with a long-term fall back plan, it is his work as a songwriter and producer that plays the largest role in Matthews life. In the summer of 2016 he signed to Lemongrassmusic label in Germany to release his debut album “The Colllaborations”, which spawned the single Lose Your Smile featuring Trizonna McClendon that received positive support from GrownFolksMusic, Neo2Soul Promotions, BamaloveSoul, and Flavour Magazine.
Matthew Daniel is working on his second album “Rhythm of Life”, which will be his second album on the Lemongrassmusic label.
(Written with Cary Goldberg of GoMediaPR.com)