Bringing a bold, new sound to 'vintage pop', Matt Forbes is being hailed as the freshest voice to hit the genre in more than a decade. Since releasing his debut full-length LP in October 2015 titled 'Coulda Woulda Shoulda', Matt has received widespread critical acclaim with national television appearances on E! News, CTV's eTalk and The Marilyn Denis Show. The album was a Critic’s Pick in HELLO! Canada and rose to #4 on Amazon’s Top 10 Chart for Hot New Releases in Vocal Jazz — where it remained for its first three months of release. Matt’s soulful vocals and unmistakable sound are wowing the “millennials” of his own generation with songs made popular decades before they were born.
A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Matt has headlined some of L.A.’s top jazz venues, including Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill, Jazz, Etc. and Catalina Jazz Club. Matt also regularly fronts GRAMMY nominated composer Ron Jones’ (“Family Guy,” “American Dad”) acclaimed 'Influence Jazz Orchestra' — with whom he has opened for the group’s original lead vocalist, Seth MacFarlane (“Family Guy,” “Ted”). Most recently, Matt was selected by Order of Canada recipient Joe Sealy to headline the Royal Conservatory of Music’s 'Sinatra @ 100' celebration at Koerner Hall in Toronto opposite Tony award-winner Brent Carver and Juno nominees, Barbra Lica and Jackie Richardson. Matt also maintains a regular guest residency at Los Angeles' historic Dresden Room, performing opposite the legendary Marty & Elayne ('Swingers', Tom Petty) and a revolving door of LA's finest.
‘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. 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.
His latest single — a cover of the Gorillaz’ 2010 hit, ‘On Melancholy Hill’ — was recently selected by Spotify for their ‘Discover' playlist, generating over 400,000 streams to date and 220,000+ views on YouTube. Currently, Matt is promoting the release of his critically-acclaimed follow-up to ‘Coulda Woulda Shoulda’ titled 'Solitary Man' — which was co-produced with GRAMMY award-winning producer/engineer Nicholai Baxter ("La La Land", "A Star Is Born"). The album can be heard across North America on SIRIUS XM's 'Siriusly Sinatra' (Channel 71) and has been dubbed 'The #1 Male Standards Release of 2017' by America's Jazz & Blues Station, KJAZZ 88.1 FM (Los Angeles).