2004 Unanimous Choice Award Recipient – Indy Pop Single of the Year – 14th annual LA Music Awards
Nominated for Independent POP Single of the Year – 16th Annual LA Music Awards “The One Thing”
Nominated for Independent Record of the Year – 16th Annual LA Music Awards “The One Thing”
Matthew Ross achieves “Melodic Excellence” with his latest CD, The One Thing. This 12 track CD shows the dynamic songwriting ability and vibrant vocals of the East Coast born Ross while beckoning its audience to really feel something, to live completely, and to recognize the pain of others with compassion. A prior version of the CD’s third song, Radio In My Head, won the unanimous choice award for Best Indy Pop Song of the Year at the 2004 LA Music Awards. The song was played on KROQ’s Local Licks program and was well received.
“His lyrics speak to people,” says producer Erik Eldenius, former drummer of the band Low Millions turned Record Producer. Lyrics like, Drag you from the path of darkness and walk you through the light of wonderland, and I just want to take back all the things I said that may have hurt someone, driven by soulful and heart-beating music make this CD a real departure from the monotony of “Poetic Rock.”
The music has been compared to Coldplay, Radiohead, Keane, and Elton John, but it’s a combination of the best of them. In the studio backing Ross on this project are several crew members of Low Millions including lead singer Adam Cohen, son of acclaimed singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, bass player Jorgen Carlsson, and drummer Erik Eldenius, who produced the project. Outside the studio, Ross duplicates his music live with piano driven precision, his playing soothing the listener into a world of hopes and dreams, or exciting them into a frenzy.
This singer/songwriter has been writing and singing since childhood. For a while, he lived in Europe, performing in small venues, and then in Asia, he spent time at Film and Music Festivals. He came to LA a few years ago to pursue music full time and played the LA clubs while writing material for this CD. He played acoustic gigs at The Viper Room, played with full band at The Cat Club, Room 5, and was the house band for Lot 1224 at the Loews Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Matthew’s next efforts will involve touring Europe with plans for eventual US crossover.
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley