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“This is my first album that truly represents who I am as a person and as an artist.”
MATT Cornell's fourth record and second country release, My Soundtrack, cements who he is as an artist and as a person. The multi-instrumentalist wrote most of the album, with his co-writers, in two months. “It was a crazy eight weeks, writing most days. Sometimes I was literally coming up with concepts and ideas to write about whilst driving to the writing sessions.”
In This Town, written with Allan Caswell, was the first single released from the album last year and was inspired by the characters who live in country towns.
Cornell wrote the title track with Drew McAlister and Allan Caswell, documenting the songs, bands and artists that he grew up on. “I grew up on 80s music, as well as lots of albums from my parents' vinyl collection. They would go on to define me as a musician and as an artist.”
Cornell also wrote with good mate and Golden Guitar winner Damien Leith. “I toured in Damien’s band shortly after he won Idol - that was ten years ago. Although we go way back, we’d never written together, so we finally made it happen, and ‘Rest Of Our Lives’ was born.”
The one heartbreak track came from Cornell's personal experience sixteen months ago close to Christmas. “This song is highly personal for me, I started writing it at a time when I was as flat and heartbroken as you could be. It was close to two years ago now so the scars have healed, but out of that experience came this song, and I’m so proud of it.”
My Soundtrack is an album full of positivity, though, and Cornell wants people to take it on the road with them. “It’s a great road trip album. Every track has a message with an infectious feel-good nature permeating the sound and stories.”
Matt Fell produced and mixed My Soundtrack with three tracks mixed in the USA by iconic mixing engineer Paul Lani and Paul Stefanidis mastered the album – he also directed Cornell's last two film clips. Although personal, the songs and stories on My Soundtrack will be relatable to all listeners and lovers of great music.
The Sydney artist has been warmly welcomed into the country music fold, being a 2014 CMC Music Awards New Oz Artist of the Year finalist, and has been nominated again, this time for Male Artist Of The Year at the 2017 CMC Music Awards. Cornell also enjoyed eight weeks in the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Country Chart as part of Adam Brand & The Outlaws.
Cornell is currently on Adam Brand's Get On Your Feet tour, opening with Gemma Kirby, and performing a few songs from My Soundtrack and will launch My Soundtrack at The Bridge Hotel in Rozelle on March 29.
“Matt Cornell is a great artist” - Richard Marx
“Matt Cornell is first and foremost a wonderful musician. He writes songs that speak to the Australian heartland. He writes about real people with real emotion” - Jenny Morris
My Soundtrack is released on March 24.
Friday, 30 September 2016
MATT CORNELL RELEASES HIS BRAND NEW SINGLE & VIDEO, 'IN THIS TOWN'
Matt Cornell today officially releases his brand new single and music video, In This Town.
Following on from the success of his chart topping single Feels Like Yesterday earlier this year - In This Town, written with Allan Caswell and produced by acclaimed and multi-award winning producer Matt Fell, has all the makings of a hit single.
WATCH THE MUSIC VIDEO FOR 'IN THIS TOWN'
CLICK HERE to Download on iTunes
Tuesday, 22 March 2016
MATT CORNELL RELEASES 'FEELS LIKE YESTERDAY'
Matt Cornell has released Official music video for his latest single 'Feels Like Yesterday,' from the album Matt Cornell.
The track was written by Matt Cornell & Dave Wilkins. The video was filmed in Austin Texas and was shot & directed by Paul Stefanidis.
Feels Like Yesterday is now airing on CMC.
Check out the new video now!