Video: Arjan Chats with Matt Morris
If you're one of the millions of people that watched Friday night's Hope For Haiti telethon, you can't have missed the moving rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" by Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris. It was a heartfelt performance that poignantly captured the sadness of the incredible tragedy in Haiti.
The performance of Matt Morris on Friday's benefit follows a busy week for the openly-gay singer. Earlier in the week, Morris appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres show and before that he performed on David Letterman's late night show to promote his new album "When Everything Breaks Open."
Produced by his pal Justin Timberlake and the legendary Charlie Sexton, "When Everything Breaks Open" is an impressive effort that beautifully showcases Morris' sincere songwriting across different genres. The record is reflecting, uplifting and at times brutally honest. Add to that Timberlake's soulful production stylings and what you have is something unique and refreshing. It's not folk, it is not blues, it is not pop, it is not soul. It's all of those things.
Morris was back at home in Denver this weekend and we had a moment to chat about lots of things. We talked about his friendship with Justin Timberlake, the making of "When Everything Breaks Open" and his stint on the Mickey Mouse Club. In the second half of the interview, we also talked at length about his coming out, his view on the struggle for equal civil rights for the GLBT community and being a queer role model.
Matt Morris is not only a helluva musician but also an inspiring human being. Have a listen and be inspired.(Support great new music and click here to purchase Matt Morris' "When Everything Breaks Open" on iTunes. Click here to purchase "Hallelujah by Matt Morris and Justin Timberlake to support Hope For Haiti.)
Seriously, such a good interview Arjan! You hit the nail on the head in your up-front ... "It's not folk, it is not blues, it is not pop, it is not soul. It's all of those things." ... and that's why I dig Matt's sound. But to listen to an artist who can back up his talent by being aware, purposeful and smart is refreshing.
Don't you just want to put him in your pocket?! ;)
Posted by: Heather at Jan 25, 2010 11:43:16 AM
yes i think he is amaizing matts voice is just amaizing i loveee his songs .
Posted by: lorani at Jan 25, 2010 12:30:58 PM
So great that he's finally getting some notice! he's amazing.
Posted by: Rob at Jan 25, 2010 4:52:38 PM