Bringing a bold, new sound to ‘vintage pop’, Matt Forbes is being hailed as one of the most important new voices to hit the genre in more than a decade. As a lone baritone in a sea of pop tenors, the Canadian crooner is drawing widespread acclaim for his dynamic, soulful reinterpretations of pop songs, old and new. Whether swinging the Great American Songbook or ‘deconstructing’ contemporary pop, Forbes has the unique ability to make us feel as though we’re hearing these songs for the very first time. Decade? Genre? It makes no difference to this millennial crooner who defies traditional labels.
Since releasing his debut full-length LP in October 2015 titled 'Coulda Woulda Shoulda' and his most recent effort, 'Solitary Man' in late 2017, Matt has received widespread critical acclaim with national television appearances on E! News, CTV's eTalk and The Marilyn Denis Show. Receiving major airplay across the US (Sirius XM), Canada and Europe (BBC Radio 2), the album was a Critic’s Pick in HELLO! Canada Magazine, featured on HuffPost Entertainment and rose to #1 on Amazon’s Top 10 Chart for Hot New Releases in Vocal Jazz, where it remained for its first three months of release. Matt is wowing audiences young and old with his thoroughly original approach to vintage pop — making everything old, seem new again.
Heralded by GRAMMY® award-winner, Steve Tyrell as “an important new messenger for the Great American Songbook”, Matt has headlined some of the top jazz clubs and venues in the US and Canada, including Herb Alpert’s Vibrato and Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles, Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa and Toronto’s Koerner Hall — where Matt was tapped by Order of Canada recipient, Joe Sealy to headline the Royal Conservatory of Music’s ‘Sinatra @ 100’ celebration alongside Tony Award- winner, Brent Carver and JUNO nominees, Barbra Lica and Jackie Richardson.
He has also regularly fronted Grammy® nominated composer Ron Jones’ (“Family Guy,” “Star Trek”) acclaimed ‘Influence Jazz Orchestra’ as their featured vocalist — with whom he has opened for the group’s original lead vocalist, Seth MacFarlane (creator/star of “Family Guy,” “Ted”). Matt also enjoys a regular guest residency at Los Angeles’ iconic, Dresden Room where he performs with legendary jazz duo, ‘Marty & Elayne’ (of Vince Vaughn’s “Swingers”) and a revolving cast of LA’s finest.
Matt’s YouTube channel has accumulated over two million views and two of his tracks have been curated by Spotify — with his latest single, ‘On Melancholy Hill’ garnering over half-a-million streams to date. Recently, Matt had the pleasure of working with GRAMMY award- winning producers Buddy Cannon and Matt Rollings on Willie Nelson’s acclaimed Sinatra tribute album, ‘My Way’, providing all of Mr. Nelson’s guide vocals for the project.
‘Coulda Woulda Shoulda' and Matt's previous effort, the holiday-themed EP, 'The Twelve Minutes of Christmas' (2014) have quickly become staples of numerous jazz, adult standards and Light AC stations across North America, including Los Angeles’ revered KJAZZ 88.1 FM and SIRIUS XM. Internationally, Matt’s music has been featured on CBC Radio, BBC Radio 2 and Crooner Radio (France) and has been heard as in-flight entertainment for Air Canada, British Airways, Lufthansa, United Airlines and Delta. Matt has also been featured on The Huffington Post, Parade Magazine, CTV Morning Live, Fox News Radio and The Marilu Henner Show.
Currently, Matt is promoting the release of his critically-acclaimed sophomore album, 'Solitary Man' — which was co-produced with 5x GRAMMY award-winning producer/engineer Nicholai Baxter ("A Star Is Born", "La La Land"). The album has been called 'The #1 Male Standards Release of 2017' by America's Jazz & Blues Station, KJAZZ 88.1 FM (Los Angeles) and can be heard regularly on Sirius XM's Siriusly Sinatra (Channel 71).