Growing up in the small village of St. Margaret’s, not far from London, producer and songwriter 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 Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Otis Redding and Donny Hathaway.
His parents rewarded young Matthew’s musical interests with piano lessons, where he developed his early skills with classical training. As he entered his teens, his increasing interest in soul and jazz 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 lyrics and composing music helped him steer his way through the trials and tribulations of his teen-age years. In time, he also turned to hip-hop artists, such as Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes and Nas and others for more creative incentive.
Matthew also finds lyrical inspiration in the words of such poets as 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, eventually coming under the tutelage of other producers.
Already an accomplished Music Journalist, Matthew has worked at Echoes Magazine, and as well as working as a Freelance Writer over the years. He graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music Journalism at University for the Creative Arts, where he interviewed Rufus Wainwright and Cypress Hill for Clash Music Magazine.
While a Career in Music Journalism might provide him with a long-term fall back plan, it his is his work as a songwriter and producer that plays the largest role in Matthews life. His debut single, “Lose Your Smile”, featuring Trizonna McClendon has received a great deal of positive support from Nu-Soul Magazine, Grown Folks Music, Neo 2 Soul Promotions, BamaLoveSoul, and Flavour Magazine, has been featured on podcasts and has received radio play from the UK and America. Matthew Daniel signed to Lemongrass Music and released his debut album on September 23rd 2016 entitled ‘the Collaborations’. He is now working on his 2nd album ‘So Anxious’ due for release late September on Matthew Daniel Productions.
Words by Cary Goldberg of GoMediaPR.com 2016.