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Matt Nathanson

Over his almost 30-year career, Matt Nathanson has evolved into one of the most applauded songwriters and engaging performers on the music scene today. His sixth studio album, Some Mad Hope, yielded his breakthrough multi-platinum hit “Come on Get Higher.” He followed up with Modern Love, a critically acclaimed album (Pop Matters called it “the closest a pop album comes to perfection this year”) that garnered Nathanson two RIAA Gold Certified singles, “Faster” & “Run (featuring Sugarland).” His 2013 release, Last of The Great Pretenders, debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 while hitting #1 on iTunes’ Alternative Albums chart. Sings His Sad Heart spawned the hit single “Used To Be” which was a chart climber-hitting top 20 at Adult Top 40. Most recently, last year’s Boston Accent explored Nathanson’s leaving behind his native Massachusetts as a young man but feeling connected to other New Englanders he found in California. Throughout his career, Nathanson has been known to cover songs and artists that inspire him. His Def Leppard-approved cover album of their iconic Pyromania called Pyromattia shot to #1 on the iTunes Alternative chart and Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott called the album “an amazing reinterpretation” with “heart & soul.” He also covered U2’s Achtung Baby as a tribute to his all-time favorite album. His holiday LP, Farewell December, includes “Blue Christmas” and “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”—as well as his somber take on Joni Mitchell’s “River.” Nathanson has performed on The Howard Stern Show, Ellen, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Dancing with the Stars, Rachael Ray, and The CMA Awards.

Nathanson recently released The Lexington E.P. via Acrobat Records.

The E.P. is named after Nathanson’s hometown of Lexington, MA, and serves as a companion piece to this past fall’s acclaimed lean into the singer-songwriter genre, Boston Accent. The latest project expands on his acceptance of where he came from. It is an admission that as happy as he is to be away, he will always have started life as a Massachusetts boy; and he will always feel a natural affinity with others from the area.

The E.P. includes a track about meeting his wife in college just after leaving Massachusetts (“Japanese”), covers of Simon & Garfunkel (“Only Living Boy in New York”), Harry Styles, (“Matilda”), and ‘Til Tuesday (“Coming Up Close”), and a reimagined live version of Nathanson’s own “Blush” that he describes as “THE BUSINESS…like something you’d hear on an old time-y radio show.”

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