Matt Corby has certainly carved a unique path for someone that started his career aged 16 on a reality TV talent show in 2007. In 2009, he independently released his debut EP 'Song For...' before relocating to London and signing with renowned UK indie label Communion after capturing the attention of the label's owner; Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons fame.
Still only in his early 20s, Matt Corby’s songs and vocals elicit a sensation that is nothing short of captivating. Having previously been compared to legendary artists such as Nick Drake and Jeff Buckley, Matt’s songs continue to deliver a uniqueness and maturity well beyond his years while his live performances have become renowned for bringing large audiences to a complete stand still.
After recording with Ian Grimble (The Libertines, Seasick Steve) and releasing his hauntingly beautiful EP, Transition to Colour in late 2010, Matt has been busy engaging audiences with his live shows. Matt spent the earlier part of 2011 playing sold out shows in London and showcasing at SXSW in Austin, Texas in February before coming back to Australia to play a string of intimate “Secret Garden” shows in fans’ backyards. He soon after joined UK band Elbow as the main support on their national tour of sold out Splendour sideshows in July.
After spending the last few months writing, Matt spent most of September 2011 recording his most recent EP, Into the Flame, with producer Tim Carr (Ernest Ellis, Jonathan Boulet).
Into The Flame, showcases a fresh injection of soulful growling vocals and bluesy melodies bound together with his already unique style of melodic folk. Lyrically raw and endearingly honest, his songs take the listener through an introspective and heartfelt journey. The EP also features a duet with Matt’s dear friend and keyboardist Bree Tranter, previously of Australian band, The Middle East.
Lead track ‘Brother’ is now at radio with Matt embarking on the run of SOLD OUT dates across the country through February and March, which include multiple shows in Melbourne (5 x The Corner), Sydney (4 x Oxford Art Factory), Brisbane (2 x Alhambra Lounge),Adelaide (2 x Jive bar) and Perth (1 x Amplifier).
In addition to the National tour, Matt has announced another run of ‘Secret Garden’ fan shows, which will see him continuing to pop up in fans gardens around the country to play intimate acoustic sets. The ‘Secret Garden’ fan shows are tricky to track down and secure a ticket to; but those who manage to make it will not regret it. Matt has played over 40 shows to 4000+ fans in back gardens this year alone.
The current single ‘Brother’ continues to be one of the most played on alternative radio nationally with Corby winning two FBI SMAC awards for Next Big Thing and Song of the Year for ‘Brother’ recently. Corby's song 'Brother' was also positioned number 3 on Triple J's annual Hottest 100 Countdown for 2011.
In March, Matt heads to the US and UK to play a string of soon-to-be-announced headline dates and start work on his highly anticipated debut album, expected later this year.
“Matt Corby already has something that sets him apart. His voice was genuinely show-stopping. Blessed with a similar sounding voice to the late Jeff Buckley, Corby was able to silence a very rowdy and excitable crowd whenever a song called for a more contemplative mood, but likewise he was able to whip the crowd with a whoop and a holler when his band unleashed their foot-stomping bursts of energy.” OXFORD ART FACTORY LIVE REVIEW - DRUM MEDIA, SYDNEY