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Artist of the Week: Matthew Perryman Jones

Download a free track from this Nashville-based artist. Be sure to catch him on tour this month with Griffin House.

I first witnessed Matthew Perryman Jones live in 2008 and was blown away by his songwriting talent and striking vocals. Performing tracks off his release, Swallow the Sea, including hit “Save You,” Jones impressed a packed room at New York’s The Living Room.

Since then, the Nashville musician has released three solo albums, co-written standout tracks for artists including Mat Kearney and Zach Williams, as well as traveled the country with Ten out of Tenn, a group of musicians from Tennessee. Not to mention, many of his songs have been featured on television dramas like “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Jones has garnered comparisons to U2 with his thoughtful lyrics and powerful singing style. With a new album in the works,  Jones will no doubt continue to leave a lasting impression on his listeners.

Songs like the beautiful “Until the Last Falling Star” off The Distance In Between strike a chord with soaring string features and Jones’ poignant vocals. With delicate strokes of the piano next to light percussion features, never overpowering the emotional tale within the song, it is the perfect musical blend.

Last year, Jones released Until the Dawn Appears, an impressive compilation of new versions of some of his most acclaimed works in addition to two new songs never before released. While the more stripped down and haunting take of previous hit “Save You” captivates with string and piano interludes, others such as “Waiting On the Light to Change” leaves its mark with hand snapped rhythms and Jones’ wavering vocals.

For more on Matthew Perryman Jones, be sure to visit his Website and catch him on tour in January with Griffin House (flier above). Download “Looking For You Again,” co-written with Williams and featured on “Grey’s Anatomy” here.

Related Links:
Q&A with Matthew Perryman Jones
Matthew Perryman Jones’ Intimate Performance at New York’s Living Room
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Q&A with Mat Kearney