Matt Williams- acoustic & electric violins, electric guitar, vocals

Asheville, North Carolina based recording artist, Matt Williams, is best known for his ability to collaborate while remaining his own musical voice in the studio and on the stage.

He has consistently evolved as a songwriter and musician since his debut album, “First Light” (2001), recorded when he was just sixteen years old. From there, Williams recorded two additional studio albums, “Your Last Make-Believe” (2005), and “Particles Vol. 1″ (2007); each exploring new concepts and styles. His musical beginnings as a solo live loop-sampling artist were documented with the release of a 2CD live record,“Ladies and Gentlemen” in 2004. Williams graduated college in 2008 with a degree in music from Western Carolina University, where he attended on scholarship studying jazz improvisation with IAJE award-winner Pavel Wlosok, media production with Dr. Bruce Frazier (Law & Order, JAG, Quantum Leap), and jazz guitar with Steve Wholrab (Sister Sledge, The Temptations).

Today, Matt Williams composes, sings and performs with several projects; Tiny Boxes (Jam/Rock/Progressive), Zansa (Afropop/World), and The Ocean (Indie/Rock). Collaborating with notable fusion guitarist Bon Lozaga (Gong, Gongzilla) in Tiny Boxes, the blend of Matt’s pop and jazz meets funky rock and roll with some progressive twists. The Ocean, a group formed to record a forthcoming rock concept album, is outfitted with Zansa rhythm section members Sean Mason and Ryan Reardon.

In addition to his own musical efforts, he also performs with several of his colleague’s groups like Josh Blake’s Jukebox (Variety), and Super 5 (Funk/Fusion). Living and working in such talented circles, Matt frequently makes guest appearances. In various musical environments, Matt has performed with artists like Roy “Futureman” Wooten (Bela Fleck & The Flecktones), Fareed Haque (Garaj Majal), Ike Stubblefield(Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder), Grant Green Jr.Jeff Sipe (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jimmy Herring Band), and Count M’butu and Kofi Burbridge (Derek Trucks Band).

Matt Williams is also a desirable producer, working with regional artists like CindercatAntique FirearmsCaroMia and many more in his recording studio, The Eagle Room (Weaverville, NC). He is the founder and operator of Mended Heart Records, an independent recording label that is organizing a sound recording catalog for music licensing in the future. His label sponsored a recording project where Williams and assistant engineer, Tommy Maher recorded and produced a 14-band exclusive compilation album from scratch then donated all proceeds to charity through NC-based non-profit, Band Together raising thousands of dollars for local charities. Matt Williams was recently awarded a Grammy Certificate from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for his participation as recording/audio engineer onSecret Agent 23 Skidoo’s collaborative track with Sugar Free All-Stars, “Cooperate” which was included on the 2012 Grammy Award-winning “Best Children’s Album”, an anti-bullying compilation called “All About Bullies: Big And Small.”