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Home Base: Boston, MA
Categories Entered: Social Action Song
Work Submitted: “To Give (featuring Matisyahu)”
Artists Featured: Matisyahu
Label: MWS Records
Who are your influences?: Bob Marley, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, the Police, etc.
Describe your nominated work: Upbeat social action song to raise awareness to giving back to the world at large as opposed to taking from it.
Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: Mellatron.
Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: This track has some music greats on it. In addition to Matisyahu, it also features Robert Holmes on guitar (Till Tuesday) Richard Gates on bass (Patty Larkin), Jeff Calder and Anthony Resta Producer extraordinaire!
How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: I continue to work hard and look at it in terms of a long term investment. I believe investing in your self is a great one!
Why did you choose to submit this work to The 13th IMAs?: I wanted to raise additional awareness for the song and particularly the message in the song.
What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: My goal is to spread a positive message to the masses and unite people through music. I don’t think I will be satisfied until I feel my music has touched millions of people’s lives and helped affect some positive change to the world so I have some work to do!
How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: Not sure to be honest. But I think the song To Give is a very meaningful song with a great message and I appreciate the nomination by the IMA to help bring awareness of its message to the world.
Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: I have such wonderful support from people all over the world. I am truly grateful for each and every listener and I personally respond to all my fans on my social networks and in concert to give them each a unique and authentic experience.
What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?: Arizona Green Tea with Ginseng.
Who are your musical heroes & influences?: Bob Marley is my favorite. I love how he put third world countries on the map and spread a positive message of peace and united people through music.
Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: All the ones I haven’t written yet but I am working on it! ; )
What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: I love a lot of rap. Eminem, Drake, & Nas are a few of my favorite rappers.
How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: I like to buy albums and listen to the full body of work when able. I know as an artist I appreciate it when people give me that courtesy.
How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: With great difficulty!
What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: How it works : )
Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?: Unfortunately I think so. I still prefer to release albums and have songs be part of a full body of work.
Finish this sentence: The music industry is… tough!
What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: Releasing a new album this summer, entitled Diamond from Coal and then touring to support the release.
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My Silent Bravery is Matthew Wade. The Boston-based artist will be releasing a new album this year titled Diamond From Coal. The new LP serves as the much anticipated follow up to his third record, Can’t Quit. Taken from the album, its first single Amazing is currently available on iTunes. To know more about Diamond From Coal and My Silent Bravery, we spoke with Matthew about the influence of Beastie Boys, the new LP, and maturity and growth. Read our interview below:
AMBY: Hello My Silent Bravery, welcome to AMBY. Please introduce yourself to our readers!
My Silent Bravery: Hello there! This is Matthew Wade from MSB. Thanks for taking the time to chat!
AMBY: How would you describe your sound to those unfamiliar with your music?
My Silent Bravery: Acoustic driven pop rock with a positive message!
AMBY: You’re currently putting the final touches on your full-length album Diamond From Coal. What can fans expect to hear from the record?
My Silent Bravery: With this record I think listeners will hear what they have come to expect from an MSB record, but with an added maturity and growth. This record is different for me because it was produced by two different producers. Half the cuts were produced locally by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Guster) and half by Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt) out in LA. Resta has actually since moved to LA as well. I think that heading out to LA to record was taking the next step for me. It took me outside of my comfort zone which is important for growth.
AMBY: When is the set release date for Diamond from Coal?
My Silent Bravery: No release date set just yet, but it’s looking like this summer. I am hoping it’s this summer!
AMBY: The first single from the album, Amazing, has hit close to 80, 000 views on YouTube. What’s the story behind the song?
My Silent Bravery: The story behind that song has changed for me, a little bit, from when I initially started, which I find pretty cool. When I went in to record “Amazing”, my initial goal with that song was a fun, happy-go-lucky type of song that people hadn’t really heard as much from me. A lot of my stuff has been a little deeper, with spiritual deeper tones and heavier subject matter. So with this song, I wanted a fun, go out and have a good time type of song.
When filming the video for Amazing, the meaning behind the song changed for me and for the better. Now, to me anyway, the song is about making the most out of what you’ve been given. You have to embrace whatever comes your way and enjoy the moment without the expectation of what you have in your mind. When things don’t go your way you have to kind of think that that maybe that’s the way they were supposed to go and make the best of the situation, make it amazing!
AMBY: If you could have your music featured on any show or film, which would it be?
My Silent Bravery: For movies, I would love to have a song in a Coen Brothers film. I love how they have been able to use their soundtracks to enhance their movies. For TV, a show like Greys Anatomy or Nashville, something with a big and loyal fan following would be awesome in terms of exposure to a new audience.
AMBY: What was the first record you bought, and do you feel that album had an influence on your music?
My Silent Bravery: The first album I ever bought was Beastie Boys “Licensed to Ill” and I still love that record! My mom actually bought it for me as I was only 5 years old. I was doing some sort of skit at a summer camp for the song “Fight for your Right”. It definitely influenced me and still does as I continue to fight for the things I believe in.
AMBY: Who have you been listening to lately?
My Silent Bravery: I am a little behind the eight ball on new music as I have been focusing a lot on creating music recently. A few albums that have been on rotation in my car are the latest records from Drake, Ed Sheeran, and Eminem.
AMBY: What has you most excited for the rest of 2014?
My Silent Bravery: I am really excited for everyone to hear Diamond from Coal already! Until then, I am working on getting the second single from the album “On My Side” ready to go. I recently filmed a video for the song at Mechanics Hall, same venue where I recently played with Daughtry. I plan to tour behind the album and am working on getting some dates on the books as well!
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about My Silent Bravery that nobody knows yet?
My Silent Bravery: Hmm. Well, nobody knows yet that I just took on a new manager who has been in the music business for a long time and has worked alongside industry greats like Clive Davis. I am excited about this and hoping this new partnership will help me get my music out there to an even larger audience.
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Matthew Wade of My Silent Bravery finds "Amazing" in every day moments and silver linings. His new "Amazing" music video features MTV's Cara Maria and is the result of a beautiful real life adaptation of how "the best-laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft agley."  It's not surprising that Wade was able to turn the day's shoot into a win given that he's a Boston based artist. From a city called Worcester pronounced (Woost'-er), the "Wooster boy" is able to dust off the dark and find the light in simplicity.
Wade has a "Can't Quit" attitude even through what he calls the "highs and lows in the roller coaster of [his] music career." The highs of which include performing and sharing the stage with acclaimed musicians Chris Daughtry, Delta Rae, John Waite, Kris Allen, Howie Day, Candlebox, Ryan Cabrera, Jason Castro, Teddy Geiger, Tyler Hilton, Ed Kowalczyk and Rusted Root.
"Amazing" is radio ready and subject to personal interpretation. My Silent Bravery doesn't try to define "Amazing" for you but rather shows you that you can find it anywhere in your life. Says Wade, "One of the reasons I do music is to bring joy into other people's lives. Going into this video [directed by Vassili Shields] shoot we sort of had one idea in mind…the idea was kind of going to be this big party video where we go around spread fliers all day and then we come into this night club scene and have this big sort of "Amazing" party. The day of the video shoot all these things sort of started to not fall into place. There was this huge storm that happened that day so all these people that were supposed to come out, you know a lot of them couldn't make it. We had to sort of change our direction on the fly. …I think one of the things that I learned through the filming of the video is everything actually went how it was supposed to go. What became more amazing about it was the simplicity. As opposed to having this big party, you make the situation 'Amazing.'"
Chatting with Wade on the phone, I asked him what three "Amazing" things have happened in his life that he attributes to getting him where he is today. He answers, "A lot of that is perspective. I have an amazing family, amazing friends and supporters. I have an amazing connection in terms of my spirituality, my belief and faith in God, just very blessed. In terms of music, …working with the right people. They're able to help me in a way that hadn't been there before."
"I feel really great and amazing about where things are right now in my career and in my viewpoint towards that too because you know, it can be a very tough business. So, [I'm] just feeling really great about things and great about this new record," Wade shares. My Silent Bravery's new album "Diamond From Coal" (release date TBD) is twelve tracks and produced by both Anthony Resta (Duran Duran, Sir Elton John, NEEDTOBREATHE, Blondie) andWarren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt, Korn). "I had a great experience working with both those guys, super talented in their own right, multi-instrumentalists, worked on tons of great records and you know, great people on top of being great musicians and great producers," says Wade of his experience collaborating with Resta and Huart.
Matthew Wade's inspirational music and optimism is contagious and as we talk I can feel myself beginning to wonder if his positive outlook is what makes "Amazing" seem so genuine and helps him obtain the incredible placements his music has gained. My Silent Bravery songs have been played on the CW's One Tree Hills, MTV's Real World and True Life, the Oxygen Network's Bad Girls Club and Amsale Girls, the History Channel's American Pickers, and Animal Planet's Last Chance Highway.
Having shared a stage with Chris Daughtry, I asked Wade what he learned from Daughtry whom was a trailblazer for rock music in the reality TV world on American Idol. "I'm a fan of Chris Daughtry. I watched part of the season when he was on American Idol. I was in disbelief when he got voted off. …When I met him he was such a humble and great person. Really good dude. He was quick to take a picture or chat with you. Made me feel like I was a part of the night and was happy to be there. It was interesting in terms of the dynamic of the night. There was another band that was on before him--Delta Rae--they're like a seven piece band and he followed them with him and one other guy. To me, it was pretty amazing to see him go up after this seven piece band, and if you've seen their live show they are very active you know it's a big show. So it was just him and one other guy putting on this acoustic performance afterwards and I think that most people left there thinking that nothing was taken away from his performance by that huge ensemble before him. So to me I think I learned just stay true to yourself and do what your thing is. Your individual light will shine either way as long as you are trying to connect with your audience. ...I think it's just been cool to see him follow his own path. He had some other opportunities--I think he was sought out to be the lead singer of Fuel at one point, he turned that down. It just wasn't his path. So I think it's been inspiring for other artists to recognize that there's ways to blaze your own trail."
Matthew Wade is following suit and blazing his own trail. Look for My Silent Bravery's new album "Diamond From Coal" out this summer. I'm betting it's going to be "Amazing."
WE ASKED MATTHEW WADE
Q: What is the last album you either downloaded or purchased?
A: Drake "Nothing Was The Same"
Q: If you had to choose one song title to describe your personality, which would it be?
A: My Silent Bravery "Can't Quit”
MY SILENT BRAVERY & CHARITY
"I'm big on giving back not only to charity but to the community at large. My song "To Give" [feat. Matisyahu] hits home to me." Matthew Wade supports Spirituality For Kids. You can donate here.
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WORCESTER — Will singer Crystal Bowersox become the next former "American Idol" contestant to hit it big in the music business as did the likes of Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, or are her 15 minutes of fame pretty much over?
Judging from her dynamic performance at Mechanics Hall Thursday night, Bowersox, an "American Idol" runner-up in 2010, has quite a career ahead of her. The concert was part of Symply Fargone Productions' ongoing series of similar events.
It's quite a drop from the millions of people who watched "Idol" to the 150 fans that turned out for the singer's Mechanics Hall performance. Undaunted, Bowersox sang her heart out during a well-received set of mostly original songs.
Backed by a crackerjack band (keyboardist and mandolinist Rebecca Haviland, electric guitarist C Lanzbom, electric bassist Mike Friedman, and drummer Ben Artelis), Bowersox lit into "Everything Falls into Place." Togged out in a little black dress and combat boots and with her trademark dreadlocks now shorn into a shoulder-length bob, she strapped on an acoustic guitar and presented her winning blend of folk, blues, rock, and country.
The singer ended up singing "Everything Falls Into Place" twice because of microphone problems on the first take. "This is a live show," she told the audience. "We can do anything we want."
Bowersox, a single mom with a young son, prefaced her tender version of "Home" by saying how happy she is after moving back to central Ohio to re-connect with her family. "Home is the place where the grass grows green," she sang fervently.
In contrast, "Farmer's Daughter," the title track of her first album, was a dark piece about a dysfunctional family ripped apart by alcoholism. "All I ever wanted was you to be there for me," she intoned in a yearning voice.
There were plenty of love songs during the singer's stint on the Mechanics Hall stage. "Sunshine Brighter" had Bowersox singing about love as light. "You make the sun shine brighter," she sang in a sparkling voice. "The light shines right through me." This song will appear on the singer's next EP, which is due to be released in May or June of this year.
Typically, Bowersox explored the bittersweet side of love with songs like "Now That You're Gone" and "Til the Whiskey's Gone." Bowersox effortlessly swooped into the high register at the end of "Now That You're Gone" and nailed the final note with perfect intonation.
Co-written with Austin, Texas, musician Charlie King, "Til the Whiskey's Gone" took a more humorous approach to lovers trying to reconcile. Bowersox used a bluesy voice to describe a couple determined to solve their problems over a bottle of spirits "til the whiskey is gone."
A common theme running through several Bowersox compositions is the sense of moving forward and not looking back. Her bluesy "Movin' On" was just about that and had Bowersox belting out lyrics about "movin' on." after a failed relationship.
"Dead Weight" was in a similar vein. Bowersox was both plaintive and powerful on "Dead Weight" as she sang "if you don't know I'll tell you now: Don't go beating dead horses, keep steady your course . . . if you're holding on to dead weight, it's just holding you down."
Bowersox earned a standing ovation for her efforts and sang a rocking version of "Do It Again" as an encore.
Singer-guitarist Matthew Wade fronted the Worcester-based My Silent Bravery for the opener and won some fans with a half-dozen edgy originals, most of which you can hear on YouTube.
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“My Silent Bravery (MSB) is Matthew Wade. Billboard Magazine Discoveries states, “My Silent Bravery plays like a major label signing, from its production savvy, eloquent lyrics, authoritative imaging, polished web site, a dedicated Northeast U.S. fan following (300 shows in three years), merchandising, and most important, a chockablock collection of winning songs. My Silent Bravery is destined to make major noise.”
Really, that is the perfect description of Matthew and My Silent Bravery. Now, that description comes directly from his website, but at the same time, leaves me defeated in any attempt to come up with a higher quality summarization of who he is and what his music represents.
Fortunately, I had the pleasure of going beyond just a “summary,” as I was able to chat with Matthew last week about a plethora of items, including his start into music, the influence of social media on the industry, live performances and a lot about his anticipated, upcoming album, set be released later this year.
Here is our conversation.
Mike Hallihan (MH): We finally got to connect! First of all, thank you very much for taking the time to chat with me and congratulations on all your success, you’ve certainly accomplished a lot in a short period of time, especially in and around the Boston/Northeast area that you’re from.
Matthew Wade (MW): Absolutely, it’s been fun for me and I really appreciate this as well and helping to get the music out there.
MH: So first, I want to ask you about your start into music. I recently read that you turned to music after a sports injury a few years ago in Australia. What happened and what was it like to make sure a significant career change?
MW: I’m a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason,” so that was certainly the case growing up. I was always very athletic, playing sports and I was traveling in Australia, I was 21 when this sports injury happened. I mean, I was always interested in music, but it always took a back seat. After the injury, I started to re-evaluate the sports thing. I was kind of dabbling in music, but didn’t know that I could actually pursue it as a career. I then started to pursue it more seriously. . Having the extra time on my hands that I did, I put my energy toward writing music, understanding it, creating it and putting a positive message out there. One big thing I love about music is its ability to unite people. If you ask 99 out of 100 people, you know, everyone loves music. One thing that I really try to do with my music is spread a positive message.
MH: Well that’s certainly been an effective approach, as you clearly have a very positive, uplifting energy to your music.
MW: Thanks man, appreciate that.
MH: So when you made the switch over to music, who were your main musical influences?
MW: I wrote my first song when I was 18. We had a senior project in high school where you could learn about anything that you wanted. For me, that was liberating and almost an epiphany of sorts. Up until then, in school, I was always told when I had to do, and since I was always playing sports, I didn’t always have this free time on my hands to do whatever I wanted to do. It was cool because it gave me that ability to pursue a personal interest of mine. Up to that point, aside from sports, I hadn’t had that many interests, so music gave me that opportunity. So I wrote my first song, which, interestingly enough, moving ahead years later, was my first song that got some real national attention. It was a song called “Side of the Road,” and was featured on the TV show One Tree Hill. With my love of music, my influences were all over the map. But my absolute biggest influence was Bob Marley. What I loved about him was that he had this philosophical vibe and he used it to spread a positive message to the masses. I loved that. There were other bands I was into as well. I was a big Dave Matthews fan, Pearl Jam, The Police, and John Mayer was coming out at the time, I liked his singer/songwriter vibe. Over time, as my music tastes developed, my sound has developed too, as I grow musically.
MH: I read through your impressive career highlights (which you find here). With all of your recent success, how has your personal life and day-to-day life and routine changed?
MW: It is a balancing act. Along with music, I also do a lot of volunteer work. I’m someone who loves to keep busy. I feel like every day is a gift, so I don’t want to waste it. I feel a sense of responsibility to give back to humanity. I want to take advantage of the time that I’m here, I don’t want to feel like it’s just a given. Having the injury and being woken up to that sort of thing, younger in life, it made me realize how precious life really is.
MH: Currently, you’re not signed to a major record label. Is that something you’re focused on achieving right now, or are you keeping your options open?
MW: It’s interesting. I’ve never shopped any of my stuff to a label. It’s something that I’m not “focused” on, finding a deal. If the right deal were to come along, I might entertain it. My focus has always been a bit more of a long-term goal focus and just building a fan base, one song, one day, one fan at a time. I’ve been doing this for a bit now and seen a lot of people come and go along the way and burn out. Nowadays, there are a lot of different mediums too, like American Idol, The Voice, and those kinds of things. Those just didn’t really seem to be my path. I like to put out music that I feel good about and hopefully my fans will enjoy. I release my music independently under my own label, which is called MWS Records. I certainly would entertain it if the right thing was to come along, but for now, I’ve been focused on doing it independently and I like that flexibility to do it my own way.
MH: How has social media influenced your music?
MW: Social media is a very interesting thing because today, it allows any band, regardless of how good their music is, to put it out there on some sort of level. I think in some regards, social media is an incredible thing because it allows us to communicate with people all over the world and to get our music out there, but I think at the same time, there’s not as much of a filter as there used to be, so you’re competing with a million bands for everyone’s face time. I try to look at all the positives of it. It’s been a great tool for me in terms of reaching people all over the globe. When people respond on Facebook or Twitter, I’m the one that’s actually messaging them, so you get a very personal experience with me, which is something I’ve taken pride in. I really try to do my best to answer everybody and to make them feel like they’re a part of what I’m doing. But I won’t say that it’s not time-consuming, it certainly is. As a musician, you really want to spend more time with your craft, so it does take time away from that. As I grow, I do hope that the social media stuff grows as well.
MH: So you’re set to release your fourth album called Diamond from Coal, in “mid-2014.” Could you talk a bit about the title of the album, if there was a central theme in writing it and a few words about the first single “Amazing?”
MW: I’m super psyched about the new record. The title of the record, Diamond from Coal comes from the lyrics on one of the tracks on the album called “Stop and Go.” The idea is that a diamond is formed when there’s enough pressure put on coal. For me, the coal is the hard work and persistence in chasing my musical dreams as a solo and independent artist and the music is hopefully the diamond. The title is symbolic and meaningful to me because it’s a nice combination of my spiritual side mixed with my artistic side. The album is 12 tracks. The first single, as you know, has already been released, called “Amazing.” I’ve been getting great feedback on it. That song was a little bit of a change of pace for me. I wanted something a little bit more fun and uplifting. A lot of my stuff can tend to be more serious or have a spiritual or philosophical vibe, so I wanted something a little bit lighter, but also has some of that meaningful twist.
MH: I think it’s a great song to release as an introduction to the album. As I’m sure you’ll release a couple more singles from it, I thought this track was a great way to get it started.
MW: Thanks! There’s a cool story that I’ve been sharing about that song, in that the song has sort of changed meanings for me over time. When I filmed the video for amazing, we had this one idea that we had set in our minds where we were going to have this bigger party type of vibe. The whole song is about making something amazing and having this amazing time. But when we filmed the video, there were certain challenges coming to play during the filming. There was a big snow storm and there were people who were supposed to come out that weren’t able to, so we had to pick and choose what kind of concept we wanted on the fly. We ended up changing the direction overall of the video. Because of that, the meaning of the song also changed for me. The initial idea was to go out and have an amazing night, to do it up big and party and all that, but I realized that regardless of the situation you’re in, make that amazing. When that curveball comes to you, it’s not always going to go exactly how you plan it, so when you’re in that moment and its mid-challenge, I wanted to ask, how do I make that amazing? I think people often have certain expectations and very rarely does it meet our expectations the way we hope. It’s important to be positive and be open to what life is bringing you in the moment. I think it’s about trying to take those challenges and make the best of them.
MH: And do you have a release date yet?
MW: I don’t have a release date yet, but the sooner, the better. The album is finished. I want to line up some things to make the release successful. I wanted to originally release it in March, but that didn’t quite pan out, so now I’m just weighing my options on a date.
MH: Was there a big difference in the making of this album in comparison to your previous ones?
MW: Yes. This record was produced by two guys, two top guys, actually. I picked up where I left off with the Can’t Quit record, which was produced by Anthony Resta, who was initially out of the Boston area. He’s produced acts Collective Soul, Guster, Elton John, and he’s been doing my stuff for a long time, so I did half the tracks with him. Then I ventured out West and did half the tracks with a guy named Warren Huart. Warren has worked with acts like Aerosmith, The Fray, Augustana. As a side note, subsequently, Anthony has also moved out to LA, so now they’re both out there. So this album was different because of the two different producers, and because I went out West to do half the tracks too. Working with new people and putting yourself in a new situation always opens you up to growth, new ideas and new opportunities.
MH: Obviously, you’ll be touring behind the new album. Do you think about specific locations or venues that you’d love to play?
MW: I’m pretty open to what comes up. Generally speaking, the majority of my stuff has been East Coast, so I would like to venture outside of more than just the East. That’s my goal. We’ll see what comes along. Another side of touring that people don’t always understand is just the feasibility of it and the financial aspect of going on the road and making it work, so you don’t end up in the red.
MH: Have you ever been here to Toronto? Ever played here?
MW: I have not played Toronto. I’ve been to Canada a couple of times, but I have not performed out there, so that would be great.
MH: Definitely. And not too far from where you call home. It’s certainly a great city in terms of its musical diversity.
MW: Isn’t Drake from Toronto? Is that what I’ve heard?
MH: Haha, yes he is, and he’s very proud of that.
MW: I’m a big Drake fan.
MH: Well, he does love his city and the people here love him. What’s your favorite part about playing live shows? Is it feeding off the live crowd and interacting?
MW: Absolutely. But interestingly enough, I didn’t always love the live performing. It took me quite some time to hone my skills as a live performer. A lot of the guys I play with, some of these guys have been playing since they were out of the womb! I picked up music a little bit later, so I always felt like I was playing catch up. The guys I play with are really talented guys, so for a while, it took me some time to find my comfort with it and my voice. I do still get the butterflies like most people do, but I think that’s a good thing. It makes you feel alive and shows you that you still care about what kind of performance you give. I’m at a place now where I love live performing, I love interacting with fans, before, during and after the show, finding out what they liked, what they didn’t. I love it too when they use Facebook or Tweet online to give me feedback. I really love that whole fan experience. That’s why I’m doing it, so people can enjoy it and spread that positive message.
MH: Previously, you opened for Daughtry. How was that experience?
MW: That was awesome man, a really great experience. He’s a super cool, down to earth guy. The show itself was great. It was definitely one of my favorite performances to date. I like Daughtry a lot too. I can’t remember what season of American Idol it was, but it was the first season I really watched any of those shows and I remember seeing him, thinking, this guy is going to win the whole thing. Then when he got voted off, I was shocked. It was like it was rigged. I think people could see through that. He’s one of the few artists that really made it after the show because he’s just super talented. I was impressed with his performance at the show too. His vocals were spot on and maybe even better than on record. He’s a charismatic dude, I was very impressed overall. Also, at the show, there was a band called Delta Ray, an up-and-coming national signed act, actually a 7-piece group, so they have a huge sound to them and a lot of energy. Daughtry went on the stage after this 7-piece act, him and just one other guy, and still controlled the night, which is hard to do. That was impressive to me and I’m inspired by what he’s been able to accomplish.
MH: One of my personal favorites is “Burnt Out.” I thought the video was very intriguing. I wanted to know… is that video based on a personal experience.
MW: Interestingly enough, most of my music, most of the songs I’ve written are based from personal experiences. I find, for me, I need to have that personal connection and attachment to a story, to something that I’m writing about to make it believable. If I don’t believe it, how can I expect anyone else to believe it?
MH: You also collaborated on a very popular track with Grammy-nominated recording artist Matisyahu, called “To Give.” How was that collaboration and are there any other artists you would like to work with in the future?
MW: Matisyahu is a super talented guy. I was appreciative and grateful for having him on the track. For me, that song in particular, is a very important song; it’s probably one of my most meaningful songs. I wanted to bring attention to the track, so having him on the track helped accomplish that. He was a good fit for the tune and I was very happy with how the song came out.
There are plenty of people I would love to work with; there are so many talented people. Maybe surprisingly, I’d love to work with Eminem. I’m a big fan of his work and I just think that his writing is fantastic. I’d love to get in the studio with him and do some kind of collaboration in general. And interestingly enough too, I’ll mention that I’m working on a remix album for the new Diamond from Coal album, and I’m actually collaborating with some other rap artists. It’s something that just now, I’m just starting to let the cat out of the bag a bit. I’m very excited about it.
MH: I think that would be a very interesting project. First, to hear the new album, then again in a different light. Seems like a very cool idea.
MW: Yeah, I think it’s a very cool project and I think some of the tracks are very strong. I’m pretty excited about it. It’s something unconventional and is a risk as an artist, but hey you got to take risks if you want rewards. I think people will really enjoy it.
MH: So what’s next for My Silent Bravery between now and the album release? What are you plans post-release?
MW: Right now, the immediate goal is to release the album and to tour behind it. Also, the next single I’ll be releasing is a song called “On My Side.” I’ll be releasing that as the album approaches. After the release and some touring, the next step will probably be to release this remix album, which, like I said, I feel like there are some very strong, commercial sounding tracks on there.
I do have a lot of goals for myself, I’m ambitious. I’d love to have these tracks on mainstream radio with access to millions of listeners. That’s my ultimate goal. But I also understand that Rome wasn’t built in a day, so I just take it one day at a time and hope for some opportunities to get this thing over the tipping point and take it to the next level.
MH: You certainly have a solid YouTube presence and having some of those TV spots is definitely a strong way to promote your music. Hopefully more of that will come.
MW: I’m all for that and all for collaborating with other artist, people with blogs / websites like yourself. I think it’s a joint effort nowadays, since there’s so much stuff out there. I’m very grateful when someone like you takes time to help spread the music. I like reciprocating and am always grateful for the opportunities.
MH: Alright, last question, and it’s totally unrelated to music. I know you’re a big sports guy and I wanted get your thoughts on the Boston sports scene right now?
MW: Man, I’m such a huge Boston sports fan! You know, World Series Red Sox Champs, it’ll be an interesting season, well see if we can follow it up. We had Ellsbury going to the Yanks and a little bit of a different lineup, but we still have the bulk of it to come back and do some good things. We are in negotiations with Papi, so that’s good. The Celtics are in a rebuilding process, there’s no question about that. It had to happen, it was time, but I do believe in Danny Ainge, I think he’s done some great things over time and he did bring a championship. I’m a huge Pats fan, in Bill we trust! Every season, he puts us in the position to make it far into the playoffs and possibly win a Super Bowl. I know the rest of the world hates us, but I’m a Pats fan through and through. As long as Brady’s at the helm and Bill’s coaching, I think every year we got a shot at winning the Super Bowl. I think next year we are going to be a strong team to beat again. It’s interesting how this season played out. Denver handily beat us, and then they really took a beating in the Super Bowl. I truly think that we would have given the Seahawks a much better showdown, but you know, it’s just how it goes.
MH: Well, I mean, you guys lost like seven of your best ten players and to still go 12-4 and make it to the AFC Championship game was pretty impressive.
MW: Exactly! We definitely need a little more offensive firepower. And when Gronk is healthy, it’s a whole different dynamic. Hopefully we’ll get someone else to throw the football to. I think our defense was really strong. That Denver game was tough, once Talib went out of the game, it was rough. But overall, that’s one of the reasons I love being in the Boston area, we’re certainly known for being sports nuts out here.
MH: I sense your enthusiasm and I’m sure we could dedicate an entire second interview to just sports, so with your Boston stamp of approval, we’ll wrap this up. I want to thank you again for your time, for your honest answers and for allowing us to get to know you and your music.
MW: Thanks Mike, great chatting with you! Appreciate your time and your support my friend!
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Where does the name “My Silent Bravery” come from?
I used to tour under a prior band, and we used to go by the name “MSB”. I think it was about 2008 or so when I decided to switch over to a different name, but keep the “MSB” intact. A friend of mine suggested the name My Silent Bravery. I thought that really sort of embodied the message behind the music, and it stuck.
This is going to be your fourth album, “Diamond From Coal”. Tell me how the recording and writing processes for this record differ in comparison to anything you’ve worked on before.
This record was different because it was produced by two different producers. Half of the cuts were done by the gentleman that did my last record. His name is Anthony Resta. I’ve been working with him for several years. He’s done Collective Soul, Elton John, a lot of big names like that. He did half the tracks. The other half of the tracks were Warren Huart. Warren’s out in LA (subsequently now, Anthony has moved out to LA). I spent a fair amount of time out in LA for the recording process. Other times I was here in Massachusetts recording. Warren has recorded artists like The Fray, Augustana, James Blunt. He recently engineered the new Aerosmith record. I think that the writing, for the most part, was a similar process, but it was still different. Most of my recording was usually done locally, but I think that heading out to LA to record was, you know, taking the next step for me.
What did each producer bring to the table, musically and production-wise?
First, they’re both great at what they do. They’re both very creative, intelligent and great people. I felt very honored to work with both of them. I did my whole last record with Anthony, so there was a whole comfort level there with Anthony. He knew what I wanted to go for. When working with Warren, it was a little bit of trying something new. I’d respected a lot of the work that I had heard from him. Warren worked with lead engineer Phil Allen, and he had Aaron Johnson mixed some of the stuff as well. We were at Swing House Studios in Los Angeles, where The Fray did their record. We were in a side studio as well through Epic Records, where they recorded the piano for Adele’s “Someone Like You”. You kind of feel like you’re a part of history in the making, and you hope that one day your project will end up in the same likeness as those artists with a lot of hard work.
Where does the name “Diamond From Coal” come from?
“Diamond From Coal” comes from a lyric in one of the new songs. The song is called “Stop And Go”. The idea is that diamonds are formed when there’s enough pressure that’s put on goal. It’s like finding a diamond in the rough, you know? But it takes a lot of work to get to that diamond. For me, that’s sort of what it embodied; the hard work and the persistence that it had taken for me since day one of starting this dream out, to the place where I was at with this record. Hopefully people think it’s a diamond.
Also, in my spare time, I’m pretty involved with spirituality. It’s also sort of a spiritual concept that I had learned about and wanted to incorporate in there. It’s sort of an artist thing, too. I believe that when Michaelangelo did [sic] the David, he said what he did was he’d already seen the sculpture there within. He took his chisel and took away the outside and what was around it.
Tell me a little bit about the song “Amazing”, the first single. What is the story behind the song?
The story behind that song has changed for me, a little bit, from when I initially started, which I find pretty cool. When I went in to record “Amazing”, my initial goal with that song was a fun, happy-go-lucky type of song that people hadn’t really heard as much from me. A lot of my stuff has been a little deeper, with spiritual deeper tones and heavier subject matter. So with this song, I wanted a fun, go out and have a good time type of song. When I recorded the video to that song, the idea for that song changed a little for me. When we were filming that video, things, I don’t know if you’d want to say started to go wrong, but there was a twist of fate. The filming didn’t go quite as I planned, but it ended up being a blessing in disguise. It was a reminder that came to me to make the situation that you’re in amazing. You can look at the cup as half empty or half full, and that’s human nature. We tend to go to that place where we find what’s wrong with something rather than what’s right with something. It morphed into this idea of making the night amazing, so whatever you’re going to do, whether you’re going to see your favorite band play, your favorite sports team, hanging out with friends, you’ve got to go out and make it amazing. Make the best of a situation; you’re always looking for the silver lining and embracing that as opposed to trying to figure out what’s wrong with everything.
I watched the music video for the song as well. Would you say that everything you just told me about the meaning behind the song and making of the video plays into the actual video itself?
Yes, absolutely! When we were filming, that’s sort of how the new meaning behind it came about it. We started off with me and one of the guys in the band going around and handing out flyers. We end up giving a flyer to Cara Maria (the female lead in the video). She takes the flyer and ends up coming out to the show, this sort of private party that you need a flyer to get into. We were going to have this big party, with the band playing in this crazy club environment. The night of the shoot for the club, there was this huge snowstorm. We had a talent agent that was responsible to bring out a ton of people. We could have brought out friends and stuff too, but the storm curved out this whole idea of that happening. When we’re there and in that moment, the producer and I had to decide what we wanted to do. We decided to roll with that idea that we’d make it more about the band just playing for Cara Maria. The “what girl wouldn’t want their own private show?” type of idea. We backtracked and we had a bunch of people who we gave out flyers to earlier in the day. We had people not taking the flyers, and we added a little humor into it.
That played into the whole idea. In the past I might have been looking at it like “Oh this isn’t what I had planned” or “this is not what we discussed”. But instead of that, we went with this new idea, and I think it came out much better than if we had just filmed a party scene that you see in a million videos. It gave a unique twist; I think it made the video a lot more suitable to my audience. I wanted there to be a message behind it.
What kind of message would you like fans to walk away with after listening to your music?
I definitely want the fans to walk away with the feeling that they were moved positively, that they had a nice emotional response. The overall message is to not give up. It’s persistence, inner strength, determination, and people can apply that to whatever they’re going through. The song “Can’t Quit” very much embodies that idea. More in a general way, hopefully people walk away inspired. They feel uplifted, and that they want to accomplish things. That they want to live their life and embrace it to the fullest. That’s really the idea.
What does music mean to you?
I guess one of the things that I love about music, out of all of the things out there in the world, probably 99 out of 100 people will always love music. It’s something that unites people. It’s really a big part of my mission as an artist to spread a positive message to the world, and I think that music is out there to do that. One of my biggest inspirations is Bob Marley. He’s one of my biggest inspirations because he used to be able to unite so many people through music. He put third world countries on the map and brought all of these people together. You know, the “One Love Peace” concerts in Jamaica. I love seeing things like that. I love when music unites people. That and the emotional response that people experience when listening to music is that it makes you feel a range of emotions that help you live your life to the fullest.
As of press time, what are the future plans for My Silent Bravery?
Yeah! Next up, we’re going to be releasing this new record “Diamond From Coal” in 2014. Really excited about that! The second single from the album is called “On My Side”. It was filmed in Massachusetts, at Mechanic Hall where I just recently played with Daughtry. I hope to tour nationally behind the album. That’s next! Hopefully, more off in the future, I’ll do some remixes of some of the songs, which will be something a little different from me than most people will expect.
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Introduce yourself and share with us how you would describe your music to other people.
Hello Hit it Off Media! This is Matthew Wade from My Silent Bravery. I generally describe my music as acoustic driven pop/rock with a positive message.
When did you first start singing and performing?
My musical journey began when I was 18. I had a high school senior project where I learned how to play the guitar and wrote my first song, so I guess that is when I began singing. It was a big turning point in my life, as it was one of the first times I felt like I was choosing what I wanted to learn about and explore. I didn’t start performing until years later, which I began at coffee houses and open mics. This eventually led to putting a band together and performing at bigger clubs. Coincidentally, the song I wrote my senior year called “Side of the Road” was featured on the hit TV show One Tree Hill several years later and was one of my first big achievements.
Have your family supported you in your career?
My family has been extremely supportive of my music career. I feel so blessed to have the family that I do. They are all my best friends. My older brother Mark was one of the first people to really encourage me to pursue my passion for my music. Back in the day, he got me studio time in a local recording studio as a gift and was just really excited for me to follow my dreams. My parents are also very supportive and always have one of my albums in their car cd players and also come out and catch the occasional show!
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is Bob Marley and the Wailers. I love how Bob was able to spread a universal message of peace and unity all over the world.
If you could have dinner with four people, who would they be and why?
Well, Bob Marley would be in that list for the reason I mention above. I love how he was able to unite so many people through his music even after his death. I also love the spiritual nature of his lyrics.
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai is next on my list. For those that don’t know who he is, he was a great Rabbi and Kabbalist who helped reveal the Zohar about 2000 years ago. The Zohar is an ancient and mystical text that contains all the secrets of the universe. I certainly wouldn’t mind having a better understanding of how the universe works.
I think Ghandi would be fascinating to break bread with as well. He just seems like someone who also had a great understanding of the way the world works.
Lastly, maybe Scarlett Johansen, I have a small crush.
If someone was listening to you for the first time, what song should they listen to first?
Well I’m excited about the new single “Amazing”, but I think “Can’t Quit” is probably the song that embodies me best as an artist at present. So, if you want something upbeat and fun I would run with “Amazing”, and if they want something a little deeper and substantive - Can’t Quit.
What’s the story behind the name My Silent Bravery?
People are always fascinated by the band name so I guess it was a good choice. The story is that my old band performed under a name with the initials MSB. So when I revamped a few years back, I wanted to keep those initials intact along with the fan base. A friend of mine suggested My Silent Bravery and I thought the name suited my style and sound so I rolled with it. To me, the name symbolizes inner strength, persistence, and perseverance. I feel it is part of my life’s mission to help deliver a positive message to the masses. I feel that music is one of the best ways to do this. The band name also helps serve as reminder to stay focused on that mission and stay positive!
Your music video for Amazing has recently been picked up by MTV. How does working with such a massive network make you feel?
I am excited! It’s a great feeling when a network you have watched and supported for years decides to return the favor. I am interested to get my music and message out there to the masses, so a platform like MTV is a step in the right direction!
Where did you get the inspiration for the cover of Can't Quit?
In addition to the band name, that is another FAQ. My designer of the artwork Collin Vaughn came up with the design. I gave him some ideas of what I wanted the art work to symbolize. The front cover is a Koi fish and the back is the dragon and in the interior packaging there is a cool quote that helps describe the artwork. “According to Japanese legend if a koi succeed in climbing the falls to Dragon Gate on the Yellow River it would be transformed into a dragon. Based on the legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. The Japanese associate koi with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals”.
If you could have everyone in the world listen to one of your songs, which one would it be?
It would definitely be the song To Give (featuring Matisyahu) because of the message that is shared in that song. The song is about giving back to the world at large and not just taking from it. I think the world would be a much better place if we could all love our neighbor just a little bit more.
What song is currently on repeat?
I have been learning the song “Forever” by Drake which also features Kanye, Lil Wayne, and Eminem. When I learn a rap song it’s usually on repeat “forever” as there are a ton of lyrics to learn, particularly that song, which has four complicated verses. It’s a challenge though so I like it.
You've toured a lot within the past few years, any stories that you'd like to share from that experience?
As mentioned already, I am a big Bob Marley and the Wailers fan. This past summer I had the honor of sharing the stage and hanging with the Wailers which was a surreal experience for me. We even had their tour bus driver sneak in a few songs on drums during our set. It was a really fun and surreal night!
When you're not making or playing music, what do you like to do?
I work a lot, but for fun, I like to exercise, support Boston sports, watch movies, study Kabbalah, support and volunteer at various local and national non-profit organizations, read, and hang with friends and family.
What's next for you?
I am really excited to release my fourth album in the next few months and then tour behind it. The album is called, Diamond from Coal, features 12 tracks, and is produced by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Guster) and Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt). As you know, I recently released the first single and video for a song called, Amazing, and am excited that MTV.com picked it up. I will be releasing the second single soon, which is called “On My Side”.
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Every now and then, a band comes out of Massachusetts that really redefines what a band can accomplish. Singer/songwriter Matt Wade’s project, My Silent Bravery, is one of those bands. Labeling Wade as an Up and Comer is ~ quite possibly ~ the biggest understatement ever. He has already arrived, and he’s here for the long run. With three full-length albums already under his belt and a professional work ethic, My Silent Bravery has no limits and no signs of slowing down.
Wade got started writing songs when he was 18. “For a school project, we were given the opportunity to learn about anything we wanted to learn, and I chose to learn how to play the guitar and I wrote my first song, ‘Sign of the Road,’” he said. That song ended up on the TV show, One Tree Hill, earning him national attention. He continued writing songs, keeping a positive message at the forefront of his lyrics. “One of my missions is to spread a positive message to people, and I feel like music is the best way to do that.”
The songs led to albums ~ plural. Three, to be exact ~ all of them self-released and all accompanied by music videos. Just like that, My Silent Bravery was the real deal and started getting national radio attention. Soon, Wade was opening for national acts like Daughtry, Howie Day and Ryan Cabrera. The last release, Can’t Quit, came out in 2012 and was produced by Anthony Resta (Guster, Collective Soul, Elton John) and features Matisyahu on the single, “To Give.” The notoriety continued, and My Silent Bravery’s songs kept getting plays on TV shows, including American Pickers, The Real World and Bad Girls Club.
With the new year comes a new album, Diamond From Coal. This new full-length is again being self-released under Wade’s MWS Records moniker and was produced by Warren Huart (Aerosmith, Eve 6, The Fray). The latest music video, from the single “Amazing,” has already been getting attention on MTV.com.
Wade’s work ethic continues to get him attention nationally, including opening gigs, music videos and TV placements, but, of course, none of that is enough for Wade. In addition to managing his band and his label himself, he is working on a remix project, creating EDM versions of his own songs.
“You have to roll with a few things and see how they play out before you go to your next thing,” he said, adding “[EDM] will be something new for me that I’m getting into.”
As we get into 2014, keep an eye on My Silent Bravery. Wade will be doing lots of live shows, lots of TV placements, more touring and even an EDM album. Should MSB be called an up and comer? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe it should be called the next big thing to come out of Massachusetts.
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For anyone who hasn’t listened to your music yet, how would you describe it to them?
Acoustic driven pop/rock with a positive message!
What makes you stand out from all of the other bands in your genre?
I think the message delivered in my songs makes me different from others, whether I stand out or not is out of my hands. I realized a while back, there are certain things you can control and certain things you can’t, so I just try to be myself as an artist and hope that people will enjoy my music.
How does it feel having your music play in shows all over the TV (MTV Real World, True Life, One Tree Hill)?
I love having my songs featured on TV shows. It’s a great feeling and hope the trend continues!
How has the feedback been on your new single “Amazing”?
It’s amazing the great feedback that “Amazing” has been getting! It’s the first single off the new album so it’s nice to have some new energy out there. Having the video picked up by MTV.com was really special for me as well.
Any specific influence behind the single?
To me, the song is about making the most out of what you’ve been given. You have to embrace whatever comes your way and enjoy the moment without the expectation of what you have in your mind. When things don’t go your way you have to kind of think that that maybe that’s the way they were supposed to go and make the best of the situation, make it amazing!
Are you working on any new music? If so can you tell fans what they can expect from the songs?
I am really excited to release my fourth album in the next few months and then tour behind it. The album is called, Diamond from Coal, features 12 tracks, and is produced by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Guster) and Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt). If the feedback on “Amazing” is any indication of how the rest of the album will be received, I think fans will really enjoy it!
You have played over 300 shows. If you could go back in time to tell yourself something when you first started touring what would it be?
I think I would tell myself to enjoy it a little more. I tend to be a very hard worker and usually focused on accomplishing goals and tasks. When I first started touring, I thought it was about playing as many shows as I could. Now it’s more about playing the right shows, and enjoying the moment and connecting with fans. I just played a show with Daughtry this week and it was a truly amazing night and I enjoyed every minute!
Speaking of tour, can fans expect a winter tour?
I am excited to tour behind the release of the new album. Whether that will be in the winter or spring we will have to wait and see how things pan out, but fans can expect some shows!
Anything else you would like to add?
I would like to thank you City Lights Coverage for your support and also thank all the fans that continue to support me! I am so greatly appreciative!
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WORCESTER — About 1,600 people filled Mechanics Hall Tuesday night to see Daughtry headline for WXLO's fifth annual Acoustic Xmas. But before Chris Daughtry took the stage, there was a mix of performers to get things going, and one of them, newcomers Delta Rae, stole the show.
Worcester native and singer-guitarist Matthew Wade of My Silent Bravery began the night with a five-song set. Wade, on guitar, was joined by band members on piano and drums. They set the low-key-yet-lively vibe for the night. Wade performed a stripped-down rendition of his recent single, "Amazing," which still had the sunny tone of the recorded version, but without the electronic sound. It's clear that Wade has found his voice.
Up next was Erika Van Pelt, a finalist in season 11 of "American Idol," who offered a voice reminiscent of Christina Aguilera with its high notes, riffs and runs, but had the texture of a rich alto during the verses. With a wide vocal range, the 27-year-old from South Kingstown, R.I., sang songs off her first album "My Independence," including her cover of Pink's "Glitter in the Air," which had a haunting sound hiding in its softer dynamics.
Delta Rae, a six-person band from Durham, N.C., got the audience on its feet and fired up.
The band took the stage without greeting the audience and began the first song very softly. A notable contrast emerged between those first delicate minutes and the climactic chorus of harmonic voices and instruments that finished the song. This strength and energy continued to get louder and more captivating with each song in the six-song set. Imagine the vocal style of The Civil Wars merged with the spirit of Mumford & Sons and the vigor of an orchestra.
It seemed that the multitalented group of musicians was playing musical chairs, switching spots on stage, changing instruments with every song, sometimes even mid-song and using props such as chains and the tops of garbage cans to enhance the dramatic and energizing effect that the music had over the audience.
Four members of the band — three of whom are siblings — sang, harmonizing with one another and playing piano, guitar or drums, while Mike McKee drummed and Grant Emerson switched between playing upright bass and guitar. The two female singers, Elizabeth Hopkins and Brittany Holljes, belted with raspy power while banging on the oversized bass drum in the center of the stage like a gong or tapping the side of it rapidly with drumsticks, depending on the song. The two male singers, Ian and Eric Holljes, played a combination of guitar, piano and ukulele.
The crowd favorite seemed to be the group's first EP, "Bottom of the River." It was a glorious combination of voices worthy of "Glee" topped with a marching band drum-line interlude and a loud heavy rock sound that shook the seats as the band stomped, clapped and McKee clanged the chains against his drum.
The first standing ovation of the night came after Delta Rae "took advantage of the acoustics in the Hall" and performed an a capella version of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" without microphones.
The second standing ovation was after "Dance in the Graveyards," which had a tribal, primitive sound to it.
The contagious energy had a majority of the music lovers in the audience standing, dancing and clapping along.
The final act slowed things down a bit.
Daughtry's stage set-up was simple — stools, two microphones and a keyboard. Frontman Chris Daughtry was accompanied by Elvio Fernandes, who played the keyboard, sang backup vocals and openly admitted that he was a Yankees' fan early on in the set.
Daughtry, also from North Carolina, complimented Delta Rae after he played the title song off his fourth album, "Baptized."
"We got here in time to see Delta Rae and we were saying, 'Dang,maybe we should have opened for them,'" said the humble former "American Idol" finalist.
Daughtry had a solid fan base at Mechanics Hall and made the crowd laugh with his witty banter with Fernandes.
Without the full band, even the older hits such as "Feels Like Tonight," "I Got Over You" and "It's Not Over" had a more relaxed sound. But there is a distinct difference between those songs and those off the new album, such as "Baptized," "Waiting for Superman," "Battleships" and "Long Live Rock & Roll."
Although Daughtry still has his signature power belt with a rocker edge, his lyrics, tempo and strumming are more homegrown and down to earth than in previous releases.
Daughtry sang a slow cover of Imagine Dragon's "Radioactive," which he called his favorite song of 2013, halfway through his set with only soft chords from the keyboard in the background.
Daughtry and Fernandes also sang a rendition of "Silent Night," while reluctantly wearing Santa hats which were thrown onto the stage by fans.
Daughtry finished the night with the very fitting pop-rock power ballad "Home" as the concert crept up on its third hour.
And after a standing ovation for Daughtry, home is where the people who were not attending WXLO's afterparty most likely went.
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Buzz Track: To Give (featuring Matisyahu)
Matthew Wade is a singer-songwriter out of Boston that goes by the stage name My Silent Bravery. He has toured nation-wide supporting acts such as Kris Allen, Howie Day and Tyler Hilton, as well as landing placements on shows like CW’s One Tree Hill, and MTV’s Real World & True Life. Tonight he will be opening for Daughtry at the 5th annual WXLO 104.5FM acoustic xmas concert. He also recently released an original single called “To Give” featuring Matisyahu and the video is nearing 400,000 views.
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It seems like just yesterday that Matthew Wade was playing small singer-guitarist sets at Jose Murphy's. But in just a few short years, the Worcester native has found himself on a remarkable career trajectory, the next point of which is a slot performing with his band, My Silent Bravery, for the fifth annual WXLO Acoustic Xmas at Mechanics Hall, alongside headliner Daughtry, folk-rock band Delta Rae and "American Idol" finalist Erika Van Pelt.
"It's going to be my first time sharing a stage with all those acts," says Wade, whose real name is Matt Shwachman. "I'm very excited to play my hometown for the show, with those acts, at Mechanics Hall."
Wade, who has been a member of Mechanics Hall's board of directors for a year and a half, is performing with a trio-arrangement of My Silent Bravery, alongside former OSB members Kevin Hennessey on keyboards and Aaron Tringuk percussion, promising "an acoustic sounding set."
It's not Wade's first foray with big names. In recent years, he's opened for a number of big acts, including Howie Day, Candlebox and Rusted Root. Moreover, his songs have appeared on TV shows such as "One Tree Hill," "Last Call with Carson Daly" and MTV's "Real World." My Silent Bravery's recent video, "Amazing," is being played on MTV.com.
"I think that it has to do with a lot of hard work and persistence," says Wade, when asked how he's managed to get so far in the music business in just a few years. He attributes a lot of his drive to a sports injury he incurred in 2001, while traveling in Australia, where he hurt his neck and back. According to Wade, that time spent recovering helped him to get more in touch with his spiritual side and, from there, commit himself to his passion for music.
"I just threw myself in," he said. Within a few years, he went from playing local acoustic gigs to playing with a band — at one point called The Matt Shwachman Band, or MSB, which is where My Silent Bravery derives its name. "We played about 330 shows in four years — half covers, half originals."
Eventually, Wade's interest in writing original music outweighed his desire to play covers, and perhaps not inconsequently, that's when his career began to accelerate.
Early next year, My Silent Bravery will release its new album, "Diamonds for Coal," along with a video for the album's second single (after "Amazing"), "On My Side." And in another bit of synchronicity, the video was also filmed at Mechanics Hall.
"It feels like a lot of things coming full circle," he says.
"It's exciting for me," he says of his musical journey. "For me, it shows the hard work and progress … I'm starting to get to some of those goals that I set for myself. It's possible, y'know? If you put your mind to it and work hard, you can make your dreams come true."
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Billboard Magazine Discoveries states, "My Silent Bravery plays like a major label signing, from its production savvy, eloquent lyrics, authoritative imaging, polished web site, a dedicated Northeast U.S. fan following (300 shows in three years), merchandising, and most important, a chockablock collection of winning songs. My Silent Bravery is destined to make major noise."
Wade continues to keep busy and preserve on his own terms as a do it yourself (DIY) musician by releasing new music independently and touring to support it. In 2012/2013 MSB shared the stage with national acts including Howie Day, Kris Allen, John Waite, The Wailers, Candlebox, Ryan Cabrerra, Jason Castro, Teddy Geiger, Tyler Hilton, and Rusted Root. MSB is presently in the studio putting the finishing touches on its new full length LP, entitled “Diamond from Coal” produced by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Guster, Shawn Mullins) & Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, Augustana) which is soon to be released.
Matthew has some great news to share with everyone so be sure to tune in!
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My Silent Bravery (http://mysilentbravery.com) is about to release its new album “Diamond from Coal”….. its first single “Amazing” is obtaining a great success.
Matthew Wade answered to our questions…….
RYL: What is the most important thing in writing lyrics?
My Silent Bravery: I’m not sure I know the answer to that question, haha. I am learning new things all the time. For me, each song is a story, and I try to tell the story to the best of my ability. I then hope listeners will connect with the story and be drawn into it and relate emotionally and how it applies in their own lives.
RYL: How do you usually write the verses of your songs?
My Silent Bravery: I generally just kind of start stream of consciousness writing until some more concrete ideas come for what the song is really going to be about or what I really want to say. The verses are usually the back drop of the song for me. They tell you who, what, when, where, while the chorus is usually more about the why.
RYL: Your last album “Can’t Quit” was released one year ago; which is the main message that you wanted to give with it?
My Silent Bravery: The main message behind the Can’t Quit album is overcoming obstacles particularly in the face of adversity. I elaborate on this idea through the album artwork.
The front cover art is a Koi fish and on the back is a dragon and the interior lyrics are part of that transformation taking place from the Koi to the dragon.
In the liner notes, there is a cool quote that helps describe the message and artwork. “According to Japanese legend if a koi succeed in climbing the falls to Dragon Gate on the Yellow River it would be transformed into a dragon.
Based on the legend, it became a symbol of worldly aspiration and advancement. The Japanese associate koi with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. Because of its strength and determination to overcome obstacles, it stands for courage and the ability to attain high goals”.
RYL: What inspired the lyrics of the song “Burnt Out”?
My Silent Bravery: That song was inspired by a relationship that wasn’t working out and just feeling exhausted trying to keep it going. We often hang on to the past in relationships and are not living in the present. I think the line at the end of the song best sums it up, “Why would you hold onto the match if the flame has gone out?”
RYL: and “Can’t Quit”?
My Silent Bravery: Can’t Quit was inspired by my arduous uphill battle that is the music industry. That was my struggle on that day and many days for that matter.
However, the message in the song was meant for a much broader audience. It’s meant for anyone facing a challenge to relate to, whatever struggle they are going through. It’s meant to encourage and inspire the listener to push through their challenge.
RYL: Explain to us the meaning for you of “Today is tomorrow’s yesterday”.
My Silent Bravery: That is a pretty deep song. I wrote the song on New Year’s Eve some years back when a gig I was hoping to land didn’t pan out. To me it’s a song about reflecting on the past, looking ahead to the future, and being in the moment all at once. I thought the song title helped to reflect that sentiment.
RYL: “Amazing” is your new single released two months ago that is obtaining a huge success, MTV is playing the video, a lot of media they talk about it… what does it represent for you?
My Silent Bravery: It’s amazing the great feedback that “Amazing” has been getting! It’s the first single off the new album so it’s nice to have some new energy out there. To me, the song is about making the most out of what you’ve been given.
You have to embrace whatever comes your way and enjoy the moment without the expectation of what you have in your mind. When things don’t go your way you have to kind of think that that maybe that’s the way they were supposed to go and make the best of the situation, make it amazing!
RYL: Touring is essential to promote your own music, until today which was the best show of your life?
My Silent Bravery: There are a couple shows that come to mind. I am a big Bob Marley and the Wailers fan. This past summer I had the honor of sharing the stage and hanging with the Wailers which was a surreal experience for me.
We even had their tour bus driver sneak in a few songs on drums during our set. It was a really fun and surreal night!
Another great experience that comes to mind is three night stint at a venue on Nantucket called the Chicken Box. That place is wild!
RYL: How was to work with the producer Anthony Resta (Elton John, Duran Duran, Blondie….)?
My Silent Bravery: I love working with Anthony or AJ as I call him. He is a super talented and creative guy.
He also works with, Karyadi Sutedja, who is one of the best engineers I have worked with as well. I have recoded probably around 20 tracks with those guys, and I love working with them and value the quality of the tracks that I end up with. It’s like we continually try to outdo ourselves and make each new track the best one to date. It’s a great and rewarding challenge.
RYL: What is your next goal? And challenge?
My Silent Bravery: I am really excited to release my fourth album in the next few months and then tour behind it. The album is called, Diamond from Coal, features 12 tracks, and is produced by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Guster) and Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt). The goal and the challenge will be to reach as many listeners as possible so I appreciate Rock Your Lyrics helping me start on that goal right away! Thanks so much!
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PopCulturez.Com: Welcome to PopCulturez, can you start by introducing yourself and explaining the reason behind your name?
Hi PopC! I am Matthew Wade and perform under the moniker ‘My Silent Bravery.’ My old band performed under a name with the initials MSB so, when I revamped a few years back, I wanted to keep those initials intact, along with the fan base. A friend of mine suggested My Silent Bravery, and I thought the name suited my style and sound, so I rolled with it.
To me, the name symbolizes inner strength, persistence, and perseverance. I feel it is part of my life’s mission to help deliver a positive message to the masses. I feel that music is one of the best ways to do this. The band name also helps serve as a reminder to stay focused on that mission and stay positive!
PopCulturez.Com: You are preparing for the release of your fourth album, what can you tell us about that, and does it have an official release date?
I am very excited to release my fourth album. I like to think it’s a testament to my perseverance. The LP is entitled, ‘Diamond from Coal,’ taken from a line in one of the songs on the album. The album is produced by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Guster) and Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, Augustana) and presently sits with 12 tracks; 11 originals and my first recorded cover song.
No official release date yet, still getting some last minute things together, but I hope to have it out by the beginning of 2014. I have released the first single and video from the album, entitled ‘Amazing.’ The video was directed by Vassili Shields and features MTV’s Cara Maria.
PopCulturez.Com: For those yet to hear your music, how would you describe you sound, and who inspired you musically?
I usually describe my sound as acoustic driven pop/rock with a positive message. I have a lot of musical inspirations including Bob Marley, Dave Matthew Band, 311, Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam… and the list goes on and on.
PopCulturez.Com: With so much competition around these days, what do you think it takes stand out from the crowd?
I think everyone is trying to figure that out. In the end, I think it comes down to perseverance, staying true to yourself and, of course, having a great song. Most of the acts to hit it big, didn’t do it overnight: It took them 10 years or so, and then had a bigger opportunity that became their tipping point.
I have learned that there are a lot of things I can’t control in the music business. But one thing that I can control is the music I put out there, so I try to release music that I am proud of, that is substantive, and that has a positive message.
PopCulturez.Com: You have performed over 300 shows, what is it about the live arena that you love so much?
I love connecting with the fans in a live setting. When I perform, I draw a lot of energy from the crowd and vice versa. I like that it is a unique moment in time, and an experience that you are sharing with those in attendance.
I didn’t always love performing to be honest. It took those 300 shows in 3 years to get me to a place where I now really enjoy it. It was trial by fire for me. Learning what I liked, what I didn’t, and what seemed to engage the crowd.
PopCulturez.Com: Aside from radio airplay and live performance, your music has also reached listeners through placement on a number of TV shows. Can you tell us about what it is about this avenue that appeals to you?
I really like having my music featured in TV. I think one of my biggest strengths as an artist is my songwriting, and capturing an emotion, mood, or feeling with a song. I love when my music is featured to help capture a moment on TV. I also think it’s a good exposure opportunity to get in front of a lot of people where you can also earn some income doing it.
PopCulturez.Com: If fans want to connect with you further, where can they catch you, either in-person or online?
Fans can connect with me on www.mysilentbravery.com, and all other social networks via @mysilentbravery including Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc.
I really appreciate my fans and love to hear their feedback on what I am doing. I do my best to answer and engage with everyone, so please do add me @mysilentbravery and drop a line via your preferred favorite social network!
As far as in person, I will have some-one off shows coming up in New England this fall, and plan to line up some tour dates once the new album is released.
PopCulturez.Com: Thanks for your time, but before we go, is there anything more that you would like to add?
I would like to thank you guys for the interview and for your support. It is greatly appreciated. I would like to thank my fans for their continued love and support.
I feel blessed to be putting out my fourth album! For those who have yet to hear My Silent Bravery- please go and check it out now!
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My Silent Bravery isn’t your typical musical act. Matthew Wade is spiritual, dedicated and thoughtful in all that he does, particularly his music. This has allowed him to overcome a serious sports injury in his youth and pursue music full time. We spoke with him about spirituality, touring, Bob Marley, and working with Matisyahu.
Young Adult: Tell YA a little bit about yourself when you were younger...where did you grow up?
Matthew Wade: I was born in Boston, MA and moved out to Worcester, MA when I was in the second grade. I really enjoyed my youth and being outside playing any kind of sports with my friends. Growing up with four seasons helped mold me into a true New Englander and not to mention avid Boston sports fan!
YA: How did you get your start in music?
MW: I got my start in music my senior year of high school. For a senior project I chose to learn how to play the guitar and wrote my first song. It was a big turning point in my life, as it was one of the first times I felt like I was choosing what I wanted to learn about and explore. Ironically, the song I wrote called “Side of the Road” was featured on the hit TV show One Tree Hill several years later and was one of my first big achievements.
YA: What has been your biggest success to date?
MW: For me it’s a big success any time a fan tells me that they enjoyed one of my songs and how it has impacted their life either after a show or in an online comment. It is also pretty cool sharing the stage with lots of the acts that I grew up listening to. I am a huge Bob Marley and the Wailers fan and this past summer I was fortunate to share the stage with The Wailers. Their tour bus driver actually sat in on drums for a couple of songs in our set. It was a really fun and surreal night. I don’t know if it was my biggest success, but certainly one of the more meaningful accomplishments to me personally.
YA: Do you guys have a mentor? If so, tell us a little more about him/her.
MW: Music is actually one of the few areas in my life where I would say that I don’t have a mentor. Not having a mentor in this field has actually made me work extra hard. My booking agent, Matt, has been a great help to me in terms of helping me navigate the music world. In addition, I have lots of people that support and guide me in my life. My dad is a big mentor to me particularly in business and practical life matters. I think I can count on one hand the amount of times in my life he has been wrong. I also study kabbalah and have a teacher named Benjamin who has been a great guide on my spiritual path.
YA: Tell us a little bit more about working with Matisyahu.
MW: Matis is a super talented dude and I am appreciative for the opportunity to work with him and learned a lot from the experience. For me, “To Give”, is the most important song to date that I have written due to the message in the song. Having Matis on that track has really helped in terms of spreading that positive message to the masses and I am grateful for that.
YA: You tour a ton! Any favorite venues? Any favorite artists you’ve toured with?
MW: I really liked performing at the Chicken Box out on the island of Nantucket, MA. We did a three night stint there a few summers back and that place is wild. In addition to the Wailers, I have really enjoyed sharing the stage with artists like Howie Day, Ed Kowalczyk (Live), and Rusted Root to name a few. It is definitely a cool feeling playing with acts that I grew up listening to and I am really grateful for the opportunity to do so.
YA: Quick: Pick one adjective to describe yourself!
YA: Who are some of your favorite artists or bands?
MW: I love all kinds of music and am all over the map. In addition to Bob Marley and the Wailers, some of my favorites include Dave Matthews Band, Sublime, 311, Red Hot Chilipeppers, Pearl Jam, John Mayer, Eminem, and the list goes on.
YA: Who would you most like to work with?
MW: There are so many talented people out there I would love to work with. All of the artists that I list above would be a great place to start. I think it would be particularly interesting to work with Eminem. He is a lyrical genius.
YA: What do you have coming up?
MW: I am really excited to release my fourth album in the next few months and then tour behind it. The album is called, Diamond from Coal, features 12 tracks, and is produced by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Guster) and Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray, James Blunt). I just released the first single and video for a song called, Amazing, and am excited that MTV.com just picked it up!
YA: What can you tell others pursuing the same career?
MW: Follow your dreams. Keep pushing yourself and surround yourself with people who believe in you!
YA: What are your favorite books or what books are you currently reading?
MW: I love reading spiritual books. I am currently reading The Way of the Kabbalist by Yehuda Berg and The Universal Garden of Emuna by Rabbi Shalom Arush. There is such profound life information in both of these books and I can’t recommend them enough!
YA: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10?
MW: Good question?! I try and focus on the present. I just hope to keep on the path of personal transformation and to be a better human being and musician with each passing day.
YA: What are three things you want your fans to know about you that they might not?
MW: Huge Boston sports fan – Pats, Celts, B’s and Sox. Hoping the Sox take the World Series! I am 6-1 in my Fantasy Football league much in part to the great play of Payton Manning and I am a little conflicted about that. Favorite movie series are the Rocky movies. They still inspire me every time. Yo Adrian!
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My Silent Bravery is Matthew Wade of the Boston, Massachusetts, Wades. Working diligently, he has built up the loyal fan base that supported 300 MSB shows in three years and even as he’s worked on the third MSB album, over the past year or so, Wade has been spreading the word even further by playing on bills with Ed Kowalczyk, Rusted Root, Howie Day, John Waite, The Wailers, and Candlebox.
Wade is just finishing up his next My Silent Bravery LP, Diamond From Coal, with producers Anthony J. Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Guster, Shawn Mullins) and Warren Huart (The Fray, Aerosmith, Augustana). MSB’s last CD, 2011’s Can’t Quit, was also produced by Resta; its three singles, including “To Give,” with Matisyahu, have collectively amassed over a million views on YouTube, with one video hitting #2 on YouTube’s Most Popular. Indie Music Digest gave an Album Of The Year nomination to Can’t Quit, and 500 or so radio stations across several formats played it.
On the lead single, “Amazing,” My Silent Bravery blends dance-pop with electronic ear candy and a sunny melody for a peppy, party song ready for one last end-of-summer blowout.
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With big Jewish names making their way through Cleveland like Mac Miller, Asher Roth, Matisyahu, and Drake, JStylemagazine.com feels the need give our readers the latest news in the Jewish music scene.
Matt Wade, a native of Boston, decided to pursue his passion of music after a sports injury in 2001. Wade’s first song “Side of the Road” (release date unknown) was played on The CW’s “One Tree Hill.”
Wade formed his band, My Silent Bravery, in 2010. He is a DIY (Do It Yourself) type of artist who just last year released his album, “Can’t Quit Deluxe Edition,” produced by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John). The album features Wade’s track, “To Give,” with Grammy-nominated artist, Matisyahu.
Wade is not signed to a label but is endorsed by guitar company Gibson. He continues to produce and release new music independently and never stops touring. According to mysilentbravery.com, Wade is currently “putting the finishing touches on its new full length LP, entitled “Diamond from Coal” that is set to release this fall.
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My Silent Bravery is Matthew Wade. He sits comfortably in the recognizable pop world. His music tugs on your heart strings with that universal feeling that relates to everyone on so many levels. It is a clash of refreshing new and comfortable familiarity that dances in your head long after the last note has been played. The band recently announced the release, of a new Deluxe Edition of Can’t Quit (9/27/12), which will feature three previously unreleased tracks, including a remix of “Four Yearz,” produced by Kool Kojak (Flo Rida, Ke$ha, Katy Perry).
The title track, “Can’t Quit”, says it all. This is a musician who is clearly comfortable in his own skin. He is not afraid to show his deepest inner emotions. He reveals them with sincerity and precision. His professionalism is above most signed artists. This guy has come to play and he takes his work very seriously. As he says in the song, “Until the death of me…. I’m going to give it my all”. After listening to the entire CD he did not disappoint. You can hear and feel him flex his psychological muscles in every note.
The production is true to the music and lyrics. He has the perfect combination of prosody and creativeness that takes the melodies to soaring heights. The songs are hooky and vibrant, even the solemn content is resurrected to peaceful places before all is said and done; leaving you relaxed, elated and wanting more.
Matthew Wade, “My Silent Bravery” is not only a very cool name that describes the music you are about to hear with such genuine honesty; it also stands up to anything on the radio with ease. It has a similar “Maroon 5? vibe and poppy nuances that are entertaining and addictive. Wade is making sound waves that are carrying him to success faster than he can record them. Thanks for the vision and sharing it with the world.
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Following a successful and widely-hailed launch of their second single off the Can’t Quit album, “To Give” featuring platinum-selling recording artist Matisyahu, My Silent Bravery has released its third single and official video for the song “Burnt Out (Acoustic).”
The band also announced the release, of a new Deluxe Edition of Can’t Quit (9/27/12), which will feature three previously unreleased tracks, including a remix of “Four Yearz,” produced by Kool Kojak (Flo Rida, Ke$ha, Katy Perry).
Can't Quit, My Silent Bravery’s latest LP, released earlier this year, was produced by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Elton John, Shawn Mullins) and features a track with Grammy-nominated recording artist, Matisyahu. The Cant Quit LP is available on iTunes and was nominated for album of the year by Indie Music Digest. The album’s first single and title track also picked up honorable mention for the songwriting competition, Song of the Year. The second single and animated video for “To Give,” featuring Matisyahu, was released in the spring of 2012 and is closing in on a quarter of a million views on YouTube. “Burnt Out (Acoustic)” is the third single and official video from Can’t Quit. The video stars Matthew Wade and actress Arianna Danae and was shot under the direction of Vassili Shields. “Burnt Out” was also recently featured on the 38th Annual People’s Choice Awards.
2012 continues to a busy year for MSB, who have shared the stage with John Waite, Teddy Geiger, Rusted Root and supported the northeast leg of Howie Day's spring tour. MSB will be supporting the release of Can’t Quit Deluxe Edition with shows this fall:
9/28/12 – Boston, MA
9/29/12 – New York, NY
10/3/12 – Fairfield, CT (with John Waite)
10/5/12 – Hartford, CT (with Tyler Hilton)
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Can't Quit, the title of My Silent Bravery's masterful 2011 album, could also easily serve as the ongoing DIY philosophy of MSB's founder -- and sole musical proprietor -- Matthew Wade. The sharply etched and deeply personal tracks that inhabit his sophomore project speak to the willingness and desire of a person to make that major leap (and leap of faith) from songwriter to performer, from bedroom composing to, in Wade's case, opening for Howie Day and Rusted Root and collaborating with New York reggae master Matisyahu. Regional touring, solid critical response and radio airplay have taken Wade and his MSB to an impressive level for an independent artist but you don't have to be a genius to understand why songs like "Alright" and Can't Quit's breezy title track are folk/rock ear candy. My Silent Bravery is all about big John Mayer-meets-Matchbox 20 melodies and sharp hooks, inspiring themes wrapped in brisk and bracing instrumentation and Wade's sand-textured vocals. A deluxe version of Can't Quit, featuring three additional tracks of alternate mixes, arrives September 27 and sets the stage for a new My Silent Bravery album due in early 2013.
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Boston’s own My Silent Bravery (fronted by Matthew Wade) releases this latest CD entitled Can’t Quit in 2011. Wade is the premier singer/songwriter featured on this release and I might add he is backed by an impressive line up of session musicians.
The CD quickly takes flight with “Four Years” a dynamic guitar driven groove that serves up steady rock rhythm against catchy vocal melodies and hooky chorus from Wade. Track 2 is hands down my personal favorite “All Right” shifts gears with its smooth flowing beat, though provoking lyrical content and a grand slam of a chorus. Track 2 evolves into a solid rock groove with clever lyrical content and impressive vocal passion - all in all an amazing piece. Track 3 “Can’t Quit” (Acoustic versions also available) is a hypnotic title track with driving rock rhythm, impressive musical ambience and heartfelt vocal delivery. As the CD slowly unfolds I can hear many musical influences reminiscent of classic Live, John Mayer and perhaps a splash of Jack Johnson. This CD makes a pretty solid first impression. Right from the start you will notice rich musical textures and ambience overflowing everywhere, full of warmth, variety and strong melodic structure. I would classify this music as catchy power pop, rock, with a slight aftertaste of alternative rock. The songs themselves are addictive and upbeat, complete with positive, carefree subject matter. The musicianship is pretty solid across the board. Make no bones about it Wade has good production instincts and knows how to bring the passion. Along the way you will notice lush layers of instrumentation layered everywhere. Besides the 4 piece standard you will also catch impressive things well placed Hammond Organ accents, Strings, Keyboard accents, solo guitar, impressive rhythm section and well placed vocal harmonies. Wade's voice works well across the board as he fills the sonic space peacefully and unobtrusively. I might add Wade takes many vocal risks indicating to me a strong and confident vocal ability. I also noticed a few amazing falsetto sprinkles here and there. All songs are short and sweet musical experiences. From heartfelt “Burn Out” (2 versions) to grooving “To Give” (featuring Matisyahu) to dynamic “Ms. Definite Maybe” and thought provoking “Last On Left” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 10 “Today is Tomorrow’s Yesterday” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
It’s fair to say this is one of the brightest, in your face mixes I have ever come across. These types of mixes are becoming more and more popular these days and are really designed to maximize radio marketability - but there are cons when taking this approach. As a result the CD lacks what I call flow and ebb factor and lacks solid bottom end feel. Over time this CD really wears on the ears and will strip your senses down to their core - like a commercial. CD contains 10 tracks but for the record 2 have acoustic versions available making for an 8 track catalogue. Perhaps 2 or 3 more songs are needed to really seal the deal for a grand slam full length release.
Can’t Quit by My Silent Bravery is an impressive musical production from start to finish. The music is consistent; the messages are upbeat, carefree and sung from a positive perspective. It’s strong suit – the wide musical variety and overall vocal passion from Wade. He possesses enough musical talent and songwriting prowess to be extremely dangerous. The musicianship is first rate. Once again the vocals, vocal harmonies and melodic accents are brilliantly placed and extremely well crafted. The messages are packed to the hilt with rich conventional wisdom offering hope and compassion. As a listener I was entertained the entire time. This CD takes us in a radically new direction when compared to the previous MSB release. However “Can’t Quit” above all demonstrates powerful resolve that cannot be overstated. “Can’t Quit” will not only make your day a brighter place, but will inspire you in the process.
Artist: My Silent Bravery
Album: Can’t Quit
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Power Pop, Alternative Rock
Sounds Like: Live, Jack Johnson, John Mayer
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 8/10
Commercial Value: 8/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Can’t Quit, To Give, Last One Left
Weakness: Overbearing mix, Short Sided CD
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My Silent Bravery, the moniker under which Matt Wade (Shwachman) records and performs, just released a barn-burning sophomore CD, Can’t Quit. To say this band could make it big would be a reasonable prediction, especially to anyone who has heard its first track, “Four Years.” The funky cool opener jumps out at you like a sledgehammer break at a pool table. The song literally kicks the door down like an action hero and proceeds to take out everyone in the room.
“Four Years” is destined for a lot of radio play and could make My Silent Bravery the next biggest act out of Boston. Aside from its irresistible beat, “Four Years” has a guitar that will funk you crazy and Wade’s voice has that kind of mass appeal charisma and it pivots with distinct style around its surefooted groove.
There are other golden nuggets on Can’t Quit. “Alright” makes you feel its swirl of instruments like a carnival ride that makes you feel momentum. The guitar, bass, and keyboards don’t play around the beat as much as they seem to form a web of sound around it that lifts off and takes the beat with them. The keyboards are wildly original, motivated, and twitchy, making every note and chord interesting and fun.
Title track “Can’t Quit” is a mellower yet no less expansive take on My Silent Bravery’s intricate pop-rock sound. Those frisky keyboards and guitars are still on colorful display, yet the music sinks into a gentle depth. Wade, with his creamy smooth croon emoting heavily, is more haunting than dominating this time around, and it works. His vocal gives the breezy melody enough of a visitation to show he can run the show without the lion tamer’s demeanor of the previous two. Wade’s fertile imagination allows the songwriter to come up with this looming landscape of sweet melody and forlorn vocals contrasting with an edgy guitar phrase. It’s like he architects sounds rather than just composes music.
“Burnt Out” exhibits a nervous guitar blurting out unique phrases beside Wade’s smooth, rangy vocal. “Burnt Out” gives you a feeling that the song is going somewhere. There is a sense of destination, journey, travel in its purposeful pace, a forward momentum that take you as far as your imagination will let it take you. The singer is giving a description of his current state of exhaustion while also pulling you into the dreamy state of having only enough energy left to live inside himself.
Chunk full of groove and percussive motion “To Give,” guest starring recording artist Matisyahu, bops around a warm territory of embracing keyboard melody and hipster guitar riffs. Matisyahu adds a warm texture to Wade’s chorus, and the whole song welcomes you like a firm handshake. The positive, life-affirming lyrics are projected onto a large screen by Wade’s and Matisyahu’s grand vocal delivery, a sound so wide it invites in all around it.
The sweeping sway of “Ms. Definite Maybe” will lull you into the fickle world of the song’s title character. The cheerful melodies and the persistent groove belies the uncertainty plaguing the singer, making the dilemma more dramatic and humorous. “Last One Left” makes the most of Wade’s vocal lift, his croon pulling along the multi-textured sounds in his wake, all combining into another infectious swirl of sound.
The quirkily titled “Today Is Tomorrow’s Yesterday” gets its character from Steve Sadler’s mandolin, dobra, and bass guitar. Wade’s finesses this one with gentle aplomb. He caresses the lyrics with a gentle application of his smooth timbre, gliding just over the gritty melody and gorgeous low end notes. The singer, songwriter, acoustic guitarist closes out classy with his song reaching a dream-like feeling in its flowing pace and ethereal vocal.
There are acoustic versions of “Burnt Out” and “Can’t Quit” with synthesized backdrops that showcase Wade’s creamy smooth voice with less adornment than the electric renditions. Focusing on his voice will only produce more evidence of his potential. The CD is brought to vivid life by studio wiz Anthony J. Resta in his Bopnique Studios. Resta captures every nuance of quality here, and he also makes room for Wade’s stellar cast: Rob Holmes, Jeff Calder, Richard Gates, Charlie Farren, and Cameron Stone Cello Quartet.
It is easy to picture Wade going places with his My Silent Bravery project and his new sophomore CD Can’t Quit.
Article written by Bill Copeland (billcopelandmusicnews.com)
The powerful message in this song and video continues to spread as the video has officially surpassed 100,000 views on youtube.
Sights and sounds
By Mark Shanahan & Meredith Goldstein
June 24, 2011
Local rockers My Silent Bravery are debuting songs from their new CD at the Hard Rock Cafe tonight, and if the music’s not enticement enough, the band’s manager, Fred Balboni, has enlisted Playboy model Ashley Alexiss to be the evening’s guest host. My Silent Bravery has licensed the CD’s title track, “Can’t Quit,’’ to the Wounded Warrior Ride whose organizer, Air Force Lieutenant Stephen Hallenbeck, will be in the house tonight.
Weekend Guide: June 24 – 26
Boston Music Spotlight, Staff
Still looking to fill in your calendar for this weekend? Well, you’ve worked too hard not to enjoy you free time so here are some ideas – music and non-music related – on how to spend your weekend.
Our Music Picks Friday
Peter Gabriel at the Comcast Center: The veteran English rocker hits Massachusetts as part of a special tour with his 46-piece New Blood Orchestra. Tickets range in price from $50 to $135.
Earth Wind & Fire at the Bank of America Pavilion: Groove the night away right along the harborside with these old time favorites. It may not be the 21st night of September, but the show will still be magical. Tickets range in price from $31 to $76.
The Del Fuegos at the Paradise Rock Club: The legendary Boston garage rockers complete a two-night reunion at the Paradise Rock Club. Tickets are still available for $25 with proceeds benefitting Right Turn. Lyres will open the show.
Kenny Loggins at Indian Ranch: Get ready to dance footloose with Kenny Loggins, who will perform all the big hits after an opening set with his brand new band, Blue Sky Riders. Join the longtime soft-rocker at Indian Ranch for $37 to $49.50.
My Silent Bravery at the Hard Rock Cafe: Led by Matthew Wade, these local rockers are going big to celebrate the release of their new album. The band has enlisted Playboy model Ashley Alexiss to be the evening’s guest host (no joke). Nicolas Metaxas and Ms. Carol O’Shaughnessey will also perform, while Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Herb Reed’s Platters will make a special guest appearance. All proceeds benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Suggested donation is $20.
Local rock band My Silent Bravery’s release party for new LP “Can’t Quit” is doubling as a benefit for the Wounded Warrior Project on Friday at the Hard Rock.
It’s a great cause. But sometimes great causes don’t bring in the crowds. So the band has wisely taken out an insurance policy in guest host Playboy Playmate Ashley Alexiss (who just shot a 2012 calendar with proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project).
The night will also feature a crazy diverse bill: Nikolas Metaxas, Ms. Carol O’Shaughnessy and Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Herb Reed’s Platters.
The details: Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8 p.m. Minimum donation to the Wounded Warrior Project is $20. Hard Rock Café, 22-24 Clinton Street; Boston, MA 02109; 617-424-7625
We received a note from Worcester music-scene stalwart Matthew Wade, of My Silent Bravery, about some exciting things the band has in store.
“I have a new record coming out at the end of the month entitled, "Can't Quit,'” writes Wade. “It is my most personal record to date, and I feel it is far and away my best work yet. It has a little something for everyone – rock, pop, funk, reggae, even a little country. I never thought I would be writing that but I am.”
The album was produced by Anthony Resta (Collective Soul, Guster, Shawn Mullins, etc) and features guest musicians such as Charlie Ferren, Robert Holmes, and popular recording artist Matisyahu. The album will be available at iTunes and other major online retailers June 28.
Wade says the band will be debuting some songs from the album Friday at the Boston Hard Rock Café, as well as unveiling the music video for the album's title track.
“The best part of the night,” adds Wade, “is that is a benefit show with all proceeds going to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. It also just so happens that at 12 midnight on the 24th I will be turning 32, and can't think of a better way to spend my Bday than with all of you!”
Happy birthday! Can't wait to hear the new album! (VDI)
We Hear: Florence and the Machine, Ashley Alexiss, Steven Tyler & more...
By Inside Track | Friday, June 24, 2011 | www.bostonherald.com | The Inside Track
• That “Dog Days” singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine fame saw stars yesterday before her gig in the MIX Lounge at the Hard Rock Cafe. As the British songbird jumped up on stage to begin her set, the Grammy gal whacked her head on a speaker and had to delay her show for a few minutes to ice her noggin. But Flo returned to the stage shortly thereafter, and managed to rock the Bank of America Pavilion last night. That Florence is a Machine!
• That Playboy model Ashley Alexiss will host an event at the Hard Rock Cafe tonight to debut songs and a video from Can’t Quit, a new LP by Worcester recording artist My Silent Bravery featuring Matthew Wade. Nikolas Metaxas of “The X Factor” and Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers Herb Reed & the Platters also will perform at the event to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
• And that Boston Common maggie hoped to bring Steven Tyler to Nantucket for their annual summer soiree, but the party planners decided to stick closer to home. The “American Idol” judge instead will headline the mag’s invitation-only hoedown at the House of Blues Wednesday. Sounds like a wailof a good time!
Listen to the Track on Greg Hill’s morning show today on WAAF 107.3 and 97.7 FM.
Veteran and Emerging Music Artists Unite for World Premiere Music and Video Event This Friday at Boston’s Hard Rock Café. Special Guest Host Playboy’s Ms. Social February Ashley
Alexiss; Proceeds to Benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
A multi-generational bill of national and international recording Artists will gather this Friday night at the Hard Rock Café in Boston to present Can’t Quit a world premiere music and video
release celebration starring Boston-Worcester based recording artist My Silent Bravery featuring
Matthew Wade while honoring our true American hero’s.
My Silent Bravery will debut songs from the soon to be released LP Can’t Quit. There will be additional performances by: X-Factor’s NIKOLAS METAXAS; First Lady of Variety, MS. CAROL O’SHAUGHNESSY; and very special guest artists Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, HERB REED’S PLATTERS.
Playboy Model and Ms. Social February 2011, Ashley Alexiss, will be a celebrity guest host for the evening. Ashley teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project and just completed shooting a 2012 calendar with proceeds going to the organization.
My Silent Bravery, whose music has been featured on high profile Network TV shows such as the CW’s One Tree Hill, MTV’s Real World & True Life, Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club, the History Channel's American Pickers, and Animal Planet’s Last Chance Highway, has agreed to license the title track "Can’t Quit" to the Wounded Warrior Ride being coordinated by Lt. Stephen Hallenbeck NC, USAF, and SM Sgt. Dug Coons, USAF, taking place this fall from New York to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland (dugandstevesride.com). Hallenbeck will be a guest of honor for the
The debut video for the single "Can’t Quit" was shot in and around Boston under the direction of Vassili Shields. It covers the heroic struggles of the wounded warrior, youth at the hands of
bullies and our fellow American’s coping with the wave of national disasters plaguing the continental US.
Can’t Quit, written by Wade, was shaped by gold and platinum producer Anthony Resta (Elton John, Collective Soul, Shawn Mullins, Duran Duran, Guster, etc.) and includes Boston music greats Charlie Farren (FBI, Farrenheight), Robert Holmes (Til’ Tuesday) and popular recording artist Matisyahu.
Friday, June 24, 2011 at 8 p.m. Minimum donation to the Wounded Warrior Project is $20.
Friday, June 24th @ 8PM
Hard Rock Cafe
22-24 Clinton Street
Boston, MA 02109
MY SILENT BRAVERY, Are You Prepared?
Everything about pop/rock quartet My Silent Bravery plays like a major label signing, from its production savvy, eloquent lyrics, authoritative imaging, polished web site, a dedicated Northeast U.S. fan following (200 shows in two years), merchandising—and most important, a chockablock collection of winning songs on debut album Are You Prepared?
The group is keenly riding the current wave of melodic, danceable rock (think Maroon 5)—and cashing in nicely, thank you, with top 10 airplay on FMQB’s AC chart of first single "Not Necessarily So," and spins at such Northeast powerhouses as WBOS, WXRV, WAAF and WFNX.
In its previous incarnation as the Matt Shwachman Band, My Silent Bravery also garnered placements on WB’s One Tree Hill and MTV’s Real World, and airplay on more than 400 radio stations. And the reasons are oh so clear: The radio release could butt heads with any hit that One Republic has scored, with a sing-along chorus and clever pop arrangement; “Crime & Punishment” tosses in a dash of folk, a la John Mayer, with light hip-hop elements—a clever fusion.
It is also worthy to note some of Shwachman’s previous solo work. “Do You Know” adds a slight blur of grunge alongside the youthful vocals of Shwachman and “Rise Above” chugs along with an optimistic air despite tough times (“When your worries wear you down and out, rise above”). “Dying To Feel Alive” (which has also fostered TV placement) is yet another highlight, with its power ballad sensibility and a call-out chorus that demands a glass-half-full view of life.
The group’s MWS Recording may be an indie label, but it’s got a giant talent on its hands. My Silent Bravery is destined to make major noise.
—Billboard Magazine Discoveries
Are You Prepared? continues rack up spins at radio. It has seen plays on over 200 AAA, A/C and CMJ reporting college stations throughout the country. The first single, "Not Necessarily So," cracked the top ten in the country on the FMQB A/C chart in early June ‘10. www.fmqb.com. It has also received spins at local majors like WBOS, WXRV, WAAF, and is streaming on WFNX.