River Matthews, a name fast making the rounds in music enthusiasts circles around the country. It all seems to have clicked into place for the singer who’s come a long way from playing cover songs in local pubs. The term humble beginnings is most definitely relevant in his scenario, starting his career as a musical therapy teacher to bringing his beautifully therapeutic sound to fans on the sold out ‘Human’ tour supporting Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, two sold-out headline London shows and a European tour in 2017. Songwriting ability and a magnificently soulful voice in tandem with hard work has certainly paid dividends. ‘Sunshine’ the singer-songwriters most recent EP saw him cement a place as one of the country’s finest new songwriting talents, garnering support and critical acclaim from esteemed playlists such as Spotify’s New Music Friday and a BBC Radio 2 playlist alongside features on Billboard, Clash and The Line of Best Fit just to name a few.
Music came into River’s life at a very early stage, with lessons on the classical guitar at the age of 7. Then as with most young kids(and adults) he had soon lost interest only to fray into an informal education in his teenage years courtesy of Mum and Dad of Cat Stevens, The Beach Boys, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. This certainly put fire to River’s musical flame and soon came covers of 60’s and 70’s hits in local pubs & venues alongside some modern classics from the likes of Radiohead & Oasis. With River just touching the surface of his talents, putting pen to paper was still some time away.
Next in the timeline for River came an opportunity to put his musical ability to altruistic use, spending several years as a musical therapy teacher. Focusing on work with children who suffered with learning difficulties. Using the power of music to help manifest confidence inside those who lacked and empower the students self esteem.
Those who do good shall be rewarded and it was most certainly the case here as that path led River to distinguished songwriter Jamie Scott who boasts quite an illustrious clientele list. Then the stars seemed to have aligned, with River breaking into the public’s eye with the brilliant ‘Stars’ which was soon followed up by a feel good release ‘Sunshine’ that make you smile till your jaw aches…A strong hook and high quality production displaying River’s incredibly soulful and distinctive voice. Critical acclaim came strong and fast and led to a sold out first London headline show at St Pancras Old Church leading to a headline European Tour in 2017. Quite a debut year for River, an artist who kept his talents to himself for the best part of a decade.
The time has come to unveil what’s hidden behind all the hard work and stunning snippets of River’s talent and it comes in the form ‘Imogen’ the debut album from the singer. Having established himself in the company of UK’s most soulful voices. The album will be evidence to his incredible talent and ensure his place one of the most talented singer-songwriters in the UK scene today. A truly unique sound that is impossible to box in with comparisons, the release which ebbs and flows from head nodding, feet tapping, sun infused feel good vibe of ‘Sunshine’ to intimate performance in ‘Pretty Things’ to the hair raising ‘Fool For You’. River manages to fuse elements of Folk, Americana and Soul effortlessly wrapped with his soulful voice creating a modern classic with a real vintage touch.
You can pre-order ‘Imogen’ here
Tour Dates, February 2018
Granada Theatre, Dallas – 20th February
Antone’s, Austin – 21st February
Antone’s, Austin – 22nd February
Pub Rock, Scottsdale – 23rd February
The Glass House, Pomona – 25th February
Doug Fir Lounge, Portland – 28th February
The State Room, Salt Lake City – 5th March
7th St Entry, Minneapolis – 8th March
House Of Blues, Cleveland – 11th March
Union Stage, Washington – 13th March
Brighton Music Hall, Allston – 15th March
Live At Leeds, Leeds – 5th May
The Great Escape, Brighton – 17th May