Los Angeles, California- March-2005:

Matthew Moon and Wally Ingram collaborate and prepare for a tour of the Rocky Mountains with Eric McFadden.

Moon at Red Rocks
"Tight songwriting and lush delivery prompt Colorado rock fans to tout this singer/songwriter as the state's next breakout." -Denver Post-2004

"In the past three years, Matthew Moon has come to exemplify the best in Front Range, singer/songwriter pop." -Boulder Weekly

Matthew Moon has emerged as one of the freshest voices in the Rocky Mountain region. Moon's songwriting ranges from folk rock reminiscent of Jackson Browne and Dan Fogelberg, to the classic sounds of Eddie Money and Marshal Crenshaw.

Moon was born in Staten Island, New York, but spent the better part of his childhood growing up in Colorado. He began playing music when he was three years old, figuring out songs by ear and playing them on piano. His mother played acoustic guitar and sang songs as a camp counselor in the late sixties. She eventually laid the guitar to rest on the mantel above the fireplace. When Moon was tall enough, he took it down.

The crossroads for Moon came after his senior year of high school. He could either go to community college in Denver, or Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He chose the latter, and enrolled as a bass player with a primary focus on straight ahead jazz. During that time period, the free jazz of John Coltrane revealed to Moon that music should have no boundaries.

After Boston, Moon moved to Austin, Texas. "I remember walking into a bar on Sixth Street, and seeing some kids playing the most amazing blues. That's when I knew I was staying for a while." Moon lived in Austin for a year, and then moved back to Denver to begin working on his first solo release, 1999's More Than I Can Give.

In 2000, Matthew Moon took his show on the road. The first out of town gig Moon played was at the legendary Zephyr Lounge in Salt Lake City, Utah. Moon continued touring with a devoted group of musicians including Glen Esparza (Little Women, Jerry Joseph), Jeremy Lawton (Big Head Todd and the Monsters), and founding member and cohort, Brad Staats.

In August of 2004, Moon journeyed to Laguna Beach, California to begin work on a new project to be produced by drummer/producer Wally Ingram (Stockholm Syndrome, David Lindley, Sheryl Crow, Crowded House). The setting was an old Mansion in the rolling hills of Laguna Niguel, which had been christened the, "House of Love." This was no ordinary house. It seemed as if it were haunted by the likes of Lenny, Ben, and Jack, which, over the years, it may have been, as it was a safe haven and residence to many touring artists and songwriters from the area. Having lived in the "House" for nine years, most of which he was touring as the drummer for Sheryl Crow, Wally Ingram began producing music with a texture and feel unlike anything else. He made recordings here with David Lindley, Pato Banton, and Dave Wakeling, among others.

The collaboration between Moon and Ingram began at a house party in Vail, Colorado in early 2004. With a guitar by the fireplace and Wally's array of percussive instruments scattered around the living room, the two began playing music that would soon lead them to the studio in Laguna Niguel. The approach for these recordings was just as it had been on that fateful night in Vail: Organic. Each track was laid down with acoustic guitar, vocal, a djembe drum, and a cajon. With the help of multi-instrumentalist, Jelani Jones (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals), and bass player extraordinaire, Sidney Greenbaum (Zuba), the four musicians began to mold the music into what can only be described as magical. With the release of The Sunday Session, Matthew Moon will embark on a two and a half week tour in support of Eric McFadden (Stockholm Syndrome, P-Funk), and Wally Ingram. The tour will take them from San Francisco to Colorado, with stops in Utah and New Mexico.

Matthew Moon has attained elite status amongst Colorado singer/songwriters. In 2004 Matthew Moon was a featured artist on the renowned KBCO Studio C compilation, along with Leftover Salmon, String Cheese Incident, and Big Head Todd and the Monsters. In 2003, Moon was awarded Editors Choice in 5280, Denver's leading lifestyle magazine, as well as Album of the Year in 2002 for the release, I Thought U Should Know (Riff Magazine). Moon has been nominated for the Westword Music Awards five times and has performed at Red Rocks Amphitheater, The Fillmore Auditorium, and Mile High Stadium, as well as venues in Amsterdam, Dublin, London, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

Keep an eye on Tour Dates for upcoming gigs and information.

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