About Matt Barber
Mr. Barber’s non-stop touring schedule has taken him from Branson to (expired link), New York to Florida – performing nearly 300 concerts a year since 2005.
In 2022, Matt released his 7th studio album "The Song Is You" produced in Los Angeles with a cast of award-winning musicians including pianist Bradley Young, bassist David Enos, and pianist/guitarist Stephan Oberhoff. The album is now available on all major platforms.
With an uplifting Classic style reminiscent of Barry Manilow and Michael Buble, Matt delivers songs from yesterday and today with a sincere, meaningful approach. His passion for his music comes through in every song.
Matt has had had the honor of performing at many upscale venues in the (expired link). including The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, Andy Williams’ Moon River Grill Restaurant in Branson, MO as well as the Illinois State Fair and Heart of Illinois Fair in his home state. Matt has performed nationally at festivals, wineries, ballroom events, restaurants, RV Resorts, and upscale retirement communities including over 200 Holiday Touch Retirement Communities. Matt has entertained for Birthday celebrations, Upscale dinners, family nights, Christmas and New Years parties, and various other functions.
Born in Peoria, IL, Matt took a deep interest in singing at the age of 10, listening to his father Mark, a radio announcer on 101.3 KUUL-FM in the Davenport, IA. Growing up, Matt enjoyed singing in choirs, in church, and was exposed to big band/jazz music through both of his grandmothers. Matt performed his first solo concert at the age of 16 and it was then that he decided he wanted to pursue his musical career. During high school, Matt began to hewn his craft by performing at various venues around the Midwest such as coffee houses, Borders Book Stores, and other small establishments. He performed music written and arranged by musician friend and drummer David Saelens. From attending school during the day and performing on a regular basis at night, he planned his first major US Tour. In 2005, during his senior year, Matt released “Let’s Keep In Touch,” a collection of original music by friend David Saelens, which Matt dedicated to his High School graduating class.
Since 2005, Matt has released “Romancing Nashville (2007)”, “Love Notes From Paradise (2009),” “It’s Been A Merry Christmas (2009)” and “The Masterpiece Collection (2011),” and “More Today Than Yesterday (2015),” with arrangements by Alan McPike, produced in Nashville, TN.
For the past 11 years, Matt has continued to put 110% into his work. Matt’s goal is to not only entertain but to also uplift and encourage as many people as possible.”
Matt’s show, “The Matt Barber Experience” consists of “fun, upbeat, and relaxing music from the heart,” providing an extensive repertoire of music, making for a fun, relaxing, and interesting experience for a romantic evening with that special person, or a fun night which you can bring your whole family to enjoy.
“If I can help people forget their problems, feel uplifted, and bring them some happiness, then I’ve done my job,” says Matt.
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