Singer-songwriter Matt Brown ready to 'Walk in the Light'
BOONSBORO — For singer-songwriter Matt Brown, seeing a fan grooving along to the songs he created is what he enjoys most as a performer.
“If I see someone’s reaction and it grabs them, I would say that moving people is my favorite part about performing,” Brown said.
Brown will be trying to do just that when he opens for Tony Lucca during the Impact Concert Series for two shows: Friday, May 19, at Champions Billiards and Sports Bar in Frederick, Md.; and then again Saturday, May 20, at The Stage House at G’Boones in Boonsboro. Tickets cost $10. The concerts are open to those 18 and older.
Both concerts are hosted by the not-for-profit Modern Woodmen of America, a fraternal benefit society, and are fundraisers. The Frederick concert raises monies for operational costs for Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter in Frederick. The Boonsboro concert will raise funds for the Washington County Instrument Bank. Modern Woodmen will match up to $1,000 of the net proceeds from each event.
Growing up in the small town of Washougal, Wash., Brown always wanted to make music. And despite the appreciation from fans and the talent to produce hits, Brown faced the constant challenge of trying to feed people’s tastes of what’s popular in music, yet remain true to his own sound.
“Trying to fight the urge to make music that you think people are going to enjoy and music that is currently being listened to is difficult. “There’s so much music today and we’re all exposed to it so easily, so it’s hard to know what sells and what works, so for me I’ve learned that my chance to overcome that is to do what I do naturally, be authentic, and just hope that what I do naturally connects with people,” he said.
And what he has cultivated is a fan base who have come to expect a sound in which he describes as, “throwback 1960s sound with a fresh pop and friendly aspect.”
In addition to his natural talent that helps propel him in the music industry, Brown acknowledged being inspired by bigger name artists as well as lesser-known artists, in particular, when he goes to see them in live shows.
So far these factors have opened up opportunities for him to open shows for bigger artists, record albums, and tour across the country.
Under a year ago, he released his first Nashville, Tenn., recorded full-length album, “Walk Into The Light.” He wanted a combination of sounds that would represent the sounds that had the greatest impact in the world of music.
“I wanted a record that mixed an old classic sound and a new sound and combine those two,” Brown said.
On his path as a musical performer, he expressed his passion for performing alongside other artists and that he wanted to establish a long-term music career.
“I’ve enjoyed opening shows for other artists and my goal is to continue that and to ultimately play more shows and tour throughout the United States,” he said.
Recently, he’s been opening for Tony Lucca, who is best known for starting his career on the Mickey Mouse Club.
Brown noted that he is anticipating performing at the Stage House and that he has a positive outlook on his career path as the best is only yet to come.
He predicted that his fans will get the chance to experience his best work as an artist in the future.
“I think within the next couple of years I’m going to make the best music I’ve ever made and make a lot of music,” he said. “They should be on the lookout for material I will release in the next couple of years and it will be the best I’ve ever created.”