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Matthew Genovese

Matthew Genovese

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Location: Toronto, Canada

Matthew Genovese - guitar, lead vocals
Back up Band:
Matthew Ross - drums/percussion
Ben Spivak - bass guitar
Dan Kanter - guitar


Matthew was born and raised in Toronto, where he is currently finishing high school. Music has always been an important part of his life. Matt was a member of a prestigious children’s choir at the age of 5. He picked up his first guitar on his 9th birthday and studied the saxophone at the age of 12. The songwriting began at 13. “I always knew that I would do something with music. The guitar was like a gateway drug for me. Once I picked up it up, I started experimenting musically. That’s what got me writing.”

Courses at Boston’s renowned Berklee College of Music honed Matthew's guitar skills and songwriting ability. John Mayer provided the strongest influence and inspiration for Matt to become a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Other important musical influences include Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Prince, Jeff Buckley, Ben Harper and Jonny Lang.

By the age of 15, Matthew had more than enough material for his first album. He began recording in the fall of 2004. All tracks were recorded and mixed at Eastern Studios in Toronto, the site of many legendary recording sessions for artists such as Alanis Morissette, Jimmy Rankin, Brian Byrne and Tim Thorney. Over the course of the next 6 months, Matthew refined his unique blend of blues, rock and pop music. The resulting songs range from raw rock and funk tunes like THC and Sexual Secrets, to the bluesy ballad, Trust Me. “I write about how I feel, and try to express these feelings universally,” says Matthew. “For instance,” he states, “the song Waiting is about the search for a soul mate. You can’t just sit around and wait to fall in love. You have to go out and make it happen.”

Matthew’s mature lyrics and strong, melodic compositions  “...are way beyond his years”, comments producer/arranger Gerry Mosby, who has produced records for Juno award winners, Alfie Zappacosta and Devon Martin, Juno nominee, Sheree Jeacocke, and the debut CD for Staggered Crossing. “All lyrics and music featured on his debut album, Today, Today, Today were written by Matthew, with the exception of some musical collaboration with me, in the chorus of "Without You". Matthew also performed all vocals and acoustic and electric guitars. He has definite ideas as to who he is musically, and how he wants to be perceived. He amazes me with his exploding talent and energy.”

Matthew's 'soon-to-be-released' EP showcase his phenomenal development as both a musician and as a songwriter. Matthew will be launching the new album in Toronto and Nashville this fall. The future is looking very bright for Matthew Genovese!


Fender Vibrolux Custom Amp

Ibenez Tube Screamer TS-9
Boss Blues Driver
Cry Baby Wah
Hendrix Experience Fuzz/Octave/Swell
Line 6 delay Pedal

Fender Strats
Gibson ES-335
1981 Acoustic: Martin OMV-28
Larrivee OM Model


Today, Today, Today, produced by Gerry Mosby, Toronto, independent release June 2005

NEW EP, produced by Tommy Sims, Nashville, due for release December 2006

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John Mayer, The John Mayer Trio, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, John Lee Hooker, Rocco DeLuca, Dave Matthews Band, Wide Mouth Mason, Ben Harper, Yossi Piamenta, Coldplay...

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