With his genuine combination of American soul and upbeat rock & roll, Matt MacKelcan has emerged as one of the most prominent indie front men out of the southeastern U.S. He first broke into the music scene in the Orlando Florida area while earning a degree in vocals, composition and guitar at Rollins Collegeâ€”and made his name there before more recently relocating to Charleston along the South Carolina coast. Matt is best known for his big smooth vocals, authentic lyrics and engaging onstage personality. As his popularity spreads far beyond his roots, Mattâ€™s sophomore CD No Turning Back (produced by 2-time Dove Award nominee Randall Shreve) continues to meet embracing live audiences all over the countryâ€”from Boston to Austin, from Park City to New York City. Heâ€™s no stranger to crowds of thousands either, headlining with his band at sizeable events like the Florida Music Festival and college footballâ€™s famed Capital One Citrus Bowl game.
While building his reputation as one of the hardest working musicians around, Matt received recognition by Singer Songwriter of America as 2005 â€œMale Vocalist of the Yearâ€. Performing and touring over the past few years has given him the opportunity to share the stage with some of his own inspirations including Matt Nathanson, Edwin McCain, Gavin DeGraw, Brett Dennen, Jon McLaughlin, Third Eye Blind and Matt White. After a year that brought career highlights like Sundance Film Festival and South by Southwest Musical Festival as well as House of Blues and Hard Rock Live performances in 2008, Matt is off to a great start in 2009 playing music venues and colleges nationwide. With new songs and rising popularity, Matt will again make an appearance in March at SXSW. He is sponsored by Martin Guitars, Memory Kick and Topo Ranch apparel.