Matt Nathanson
American musician
Matt Nathanson
Matt Nathanson is an American singer-songwriter whose work is a blend of folk and rock music. In addition to singing, he plays acoustic (sometimes a 12-string) and electric guitar, and has played both solo and with a full band. His work includes the platinum-selling song "Come On Get Higher".
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Matt Nathanson To Be Honored with Universal Smile Award in San Francisco by Operation Smile
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Singer-Songwriter Matt Nathanson in Peru with the Starkey Hearing Foundation. His music video Headphones donates 100 percent of the proceeds to the Starkey Hearing Foundation When Matt Nathanson, whose songs include the platinum selling 'Come On Get Higher' , wanted to create a music video for his new single Headphones featuring LOLO in 2014, he decided to create a different kind of video than he had previously released. The lyrics of Headphones speak to the power of music, and the confidence it can give the listener. Considering the inspiration for the song led Nathanson to think about what music meant to him personally. Enjoying music, and hearing, he discovered is something most people take for granted. "If I didn't have my hearing, I wouldn't have music. And if I didn't have music, I definitely wouldn't have survived my childhood, listening to albums and seeing bands and being connected to songs was EVERYTHING to me. It still is. it makes me feel not alone," says Nathans ...
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Ronstadt, others honor Seeger's legacy of activism
San Francisco Chronicle - about 3 years
Mr. Seeger's death sent a wave of grief through the nation, but especially in the Bay Area, where his evocative songs and calls for social activism had a special resonance. Armed with his 12-string guitar and five-string banjo, Mr. Seeger advocated for civil rights, the labor movement and the environment, and railed against war. In 2009, after appearing with Bruce Springsteen at the Lincoln Memorial before Barack Obama's inauguration, Mr. Seeger celebrated his 90th birthday party at Madison Square Garden featuring performances by Springsteen, Joan Baez, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris and others, with proceeds going to the environmental group he founded to clean up the polluted Hudson River. In the Bay Area, Seeger's influence and advocacy could be felt in any number of social and political moments over the years, from the Free Speech Movement and Vietnam War protests, civil rights and antiwar marches, right up to the demonstrations by the Occupy movement. Brian Will ...
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Asian Girl in the City: Theater, Music, Food, Sex
Huffington Post - over 3 years
I love New York City. I've been here for 8 years and have spent much of that time out and about, eating, drinking, smoking, dancing and instagramming. In that time, most of my writing (and TV reporting) has been about food and fashion. Yet, all my friends who plan their weekends ask me for recommendations on what I do (and they should do) in my spare time. So, here is my first installment of things I did this past week in the city and my recommendations for what you should do... if you can get in. Theater: Currently, there's an awesomely quaint and underrated show playing in a theater above a Turkish restaurant on the Upper West Side. I'm not joking; you will think you are lost, but no honey, you are not. You are right where you belong... in my aaaarms. Ok, moving on. At Stage 72, there is a show about music over the years called "On the Record: A Tribute to the Great Vocal Groups of the 20th Century." Long title, and a bit misleading. It was about an hour and 11 minutes into t ...
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Matt Nathanson's 'Kinks Shirt' Music Video Features Transgender Love Story
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
Matt Nathanson is back with a video for his single "Kinks Shirt" and it's got an awesome queer twist. The clip features a love story involving a transgender individual and -- refreshingly -- approaches the relationship in an incredibly nonchalant way. More...
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Matt Nathanson Falls in Love With 'Kinks Shirt' - Premiere
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
Matt Nathanson's catchy homage to a wild tattoo-covered stripper with a Ray Davies fixation is fleshed out with the help of this video helmed by actor/comedian turned director Bobcat Goldthwait Lifted from his eighth and latest studio album Last of the Great Pretenders Nathanson's clip for "Kinks Shirt" takes some unexpected...
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BOTTLEROCK! Wine Country Gets Awesome New Music Festival
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Despite oft-overlapping acts, massive music festivals have a tendency to always reflect their surroundings. No matter if Coachella is being headlined by a holographic Tupac or a bill brimming with early-90s Britpop nostalgia, the festival is always going to to feel like an outgrowth of Los Angeles--and be very different from Chicago's Lollapalooza. This necessary connection is precisely why the first ever BottleRock Napa Valley is so interesting. (SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL LINEUP, PLAYLISTS AND VIDEO) Scheduled for this May in downtown Napa, the heart of Northern California's wine country, the four-day festival promises to bring both the region's famed reputation for culinary and wine-making excellence with a slightly more adult sensibility to the Bay Area's standard music festival experience. Headlined by former Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir's band Furthur, poppy roots rockers Kings of Leon and Grammy-favorite blues rock duo The Black Keys, BottleRock f ...
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Pizarro: You don't have to run the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon to enjoy the music
Good Morning Silicon Valley - over 4 years
Sunday's race in San Jose will have local bands playing at every mile, with Matt Nathanson headlining a finish-line concert.
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Avril Lavigne: Impact X: It's My Birthday...
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
When I created the Avril Lavigne Foundation in 2010, one of my main goals was to bring laughter and fun into the lives of sick or disabled children and youth. I wanted these kids, who had gone through so much and overcome such great obstacles, to have fun. I also wanted to find a way for my fans to get involved. My Foundation's mission is to provide Respect, Opportunity, Choices, Knowledge and Strength to children and youth living with serious illnesses or disabilities, and we work with partners like Easter Seals, Make-A-Wish, and Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA. I am so proud that the Foundation already has more than 230,000 Facebook fans and 108,000 Twitter followers -- so many people have joined together to support kids who face huge challenges! Every year on my birthday (which is today), I receive tons of letters, gifts and words of support. I am always so grateful, and this year I wanted to combine my fans' love and support with the Avril Lavigne Foundation's ...
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WATCH: Indie Star's New Music Video Is All About SF
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In a moving ode to love's most progressive advocate, San Francisco, one musician celebrates both the city and its profound residents. Singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson released a new hit single, "Modern Love" in June, celebrating real love in all forms and the things that technology cannot replace. (SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO) On his website, Nathanson stated, "I live in San Francisco. And I LOVE this city. I thought the Modern Love video should celebrate that." The idea for the simple yet heartwarming music video began when Nathanson polled Facebook users for things that technology (modern love) can't replace. Locals who responded were then asked to participate in the video, which spans from Golden Gate Park to the Mission. The result is a stunning ballad to San Francisco and to love's simple joys. Watch the video below and see if you can spot a friend or neighbor:
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Matt Nathanson On Mountain Stage
NPR - over 4 years
The West Coast transplant performs an acoustic version of his hit "Come On Get Higher" in West Virginia, as part of a concert recorded in 2007. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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Listen: The Songs Patch Editors are Rockin'
North Canton - almost 5 years
Want to know what your Patch editors are listening to? We've created a Spotify playlist that will let you listen to all those songs, right here right now. Hopefully you'll find your future favorite artist on this list, and if not, at least you've got some new jams to start your weekend. You need to be a Spotify user to listen to this playlist, but even if you aren't, you can still look up the songs on YouTube. So what songs are you loving right now? Pick one and tell us in the comments. We'll create another playlist with your songs soon! Who picked what: Ho Hey, The Lumineers: Megan Rozsa, Fairlawn-Bath Somebody That I Used to Know, Gotye: Nikki Ferrell,  Beachwood Home Again, Michael Kiwanuka: John Deike, Cuyahoga Falls A Thousand Years, Christina Perri: Debbie Palmer, Strongsville Subterranean Homesick Alien, Radiohead: Jean Dubail, Regional Editor In Ohio on Some Steps, Limbeck: Rachel Abbey-McCafferty, Brecksville Build Me Up Buttercup, The Foundati ...
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Five Things to Know Today
Clearwater Patch - almost 5 years
  1. Don't let the threat of rain ruin your Fun 'N Sun "Day Off." Expect a partly sunny day with a high near 83 and a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. The two weeks of events kick off with a performance by Matt Nathanson at 5:30 p.m. at Coachman Park. 2. Help fight hunger in the Tampa Bay area. Clearwater Patch has partnered with Feeding America Tampa Bay in its Give-A-Ton food drive. We are trying to help collect 2,000 pounds of non-perishable food items: Here is a list of drop off boxes in Clearwater:  Anytime Fitness, 701 Cleveland St. Amazon Animal Hospital, 5300 East Bay Drive Eternal Cremations, 29399 U.S. 19 N., Suite 370 Cooters Raw Bar & Restaurant, 423 Poinsettia Ave. 3. Think you are an expert on something? From food, to the environment, mass transit, religion, politics and the law Clearwater Patch Local Voices is a great place to share your thoughts. We always are looking to add more voices ...
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Matt Nathanson and Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles release 'Run' video
Zap 2 it - almost 5 years
On Tuesday night, he kicks off the "Dancing With the Stars" elimination shows by performing "Run," featuring <a class="fplink fp-135438" href="/Jennifer+Nettles+1">Jennifer Nettles</a> of Sugarland, on the first elimination episode of the season.
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Matt Nathanson brings “All Night Noise” to Noho
The Massachusetts Daily Collegia - almost 5 years
Tomorrow night, <a class="fplink fp-190317" href="/Matt+Nathanson+1">Matt Nathanson</a> will make a stop at the Calvin Theater as part of his “All Night Noise” tour, with support from singer-songwriter Rachel Platten.
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Kelly Clarkson Rocks Out The Sold Out Fox Theatre Thursday Night
ajc - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-162389" href="/Kelly+Clarkson+1">Kelly Clarkson</a> performed for a sold out crowd Thursday night at the Fox Theatre on her Stronger Tour 2012. <a class="fplink fp-190317" href="/Matt+Nathanson+1">Matt Nathanson</a> was the opener. Kelly Brianne Clarkson was born on April 24, 1982, in Ft. Worth, Texas. The singer, songwriter and actress came into prominence after becoming the winner of the inaugural season of American Idol in 2002 and later was the runner-up in the television special World Idol in 2003. In 2003, Clarkson released her debut album, Thankful, which was a commercial success and established herself in the pop music industry. The release of its first single, “A Moment Like This” (2002), broke The Beatles’ record for the biggest leap to number one, from 52, in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In a career spanning a decade, Clarkson has become the most successful Idol contestant around the world, with over 24 million albums and 39 million singl ...
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'The Bachelor': Matt Nathanson gig, Shawntel Newton's triumphant (?) return
Zap 2 it - about 5 years
The latest "Bachelor" episode sees the girls heading for San Francisco, which is where Ben lives when he's not filming romance shows for ABC. His sister Julia lives there too, so he gets to see and talk to her about the experience. The girls who get mentions to Julia are Lindzi, Kacie, Courtney, Emily and Jennifer. He hilariously thinks his sister would hit it off with Courtney. Mmm hmm. We've barely seen his sister, but she seems cool and I think she would see through Courtney in about four seconds.Emily's DateHer date card clue is "love lifts us up" - I mentally add "where we belong! Where the eagles fly! On the mountain high!," so my theory is that they are heading to boot camp or perhaps a factory. "I got nowhere else to go!" Heh.But it turns out they are climbing the San Francisco Bay Bridge. Um, yikes. I would be absolutely terrified. Like...
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Maroon 5, TRAIN, Coming to Amphitheater in Alpharetta -
Google News - over 5 years
Matt Nathanson opens at 7 pm, having just had his &quot;Modern Love&quot; album released this summer. The amphitheater&#39;s Web site says multiplatinum band TRAIN has made its mark on music history with their GRAMMY-Award-winning song “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)”
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Matt Nathanson
  • 2016
    Age 42
    On February 14, 2016, Nathanson again appeared on The Bachelor (U.S. TV series) for the "Bachelor At 20" special.
    More Details Hide Details He serenaded Bachelor in Paradise (season 2) winners Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert at their wedding with his song, "Bill Murray." Nathanson has said that "Bill Murray" is the linchpin for his latest album Show Me Your Fangs and his favorite song that he has ever written. Matt Nathanson's cover of "Laid" by Manchester band James was featured on the American Wedding soundtrack, as well as American Pie Presents Band Camp. Nathanson also covered the Prince song "Starfish & Coffee" for the children's album For The Kids Too. Matt also performed a cover of Cat Stevens' "The Wind" for the album Wake Up Everybody. Recorded and mixed in February/March 1993 in a house in Van Nuys, California. Most of the songs were written while Nathanson was in high school and a freshman at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. Before this, Nathanson had recorded only demos. This was his first collection of songs ever put on CD. Please was released in the spring of 1993.
  • 2015
    Age 41
    In May 2015, the next single "Gold in the Summertime," was released and Nathanson headed out on a nationwide tour with Train and The Fray.
    More Details Hide Details The tour kicked off on May 21 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre at Sacramento in Marysville CA, with shows throughout the U.S. The tour wrapped up on July 25 at Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, Wash. "Giants," the third single off the newest album, was released in August, 2015. The "Show Me Your Fangs Acoustic Tour - an evening with matt nathanson," kicked off September 21, at the Brighton Music Hall in Boston ended in San Diego at the Casbah on October 30.
    Nathanson's latest album, Show Me Your Fangs, was released in the U.S. on October 2, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, "Headphones," featuring Lolo was released in June, 2014. For the video, Nathanson joined Starkey Hearing Technologies in Peru to help people with hearing loss. Following the release of "Headphones," Nathanson went on a two-month stateside co-headlining tour with his longtime friend Gavin DeGraw.
  • 2013
    Age 39
    Nathanson's album Last of the Great Pretenders was released in the U.S. on July 16, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, "Mission Bells," was released on March 11 on San Francisco's radio station KFOG. The album debuted at #16 on the Billboard Top 200. Nathanson announced his North American tour, Last of the Great Pretenders Tour, with special guest Joshua Radin through his personal webpage. The tour kicked off in Portland, Oregon on September 20 and ended in Austin, Texas on November 23, with 45 dates total. In a statement to his fans, Nathanson said they should expect, "new songs, new stories, a white Bengal tiger and confetti cannons (ok, not the last two)." The next single to be released was "Kinks Shirt."
  • 2012
    Age 38
    Nathanson was the opening act on select dates for Kelly Clarkson's Stronger Tour January 13, 2012 to April 10, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In an interview with Broken Records Magazine, Nathanson said Modern Love was a "powerful record" and that he aimed to model its sound and production after his favorite 80's bands and songs.
  • 2011
    Age 37
    Nathanson's album Modern Love was released on June 21, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The first single, "Faster," was released in March. In addition to the second single with Sugarland, "Run," the album's title track "Modern Love" reached the top 15 on the MusicBase Adult Album Alternative chart in September 2012 due to considerable airplay on AAA formatted radio stations.
  • 2009
    Age 35
    In March 2009, Nathanson was the special guest for Episode 17 of Live From Daryl's House, Daryl Hall's monthly Internet concert.
    More Details Hide Details They, along with Hall's house band, performed (among other songs) "Car Crash," "Come On Get Higher," "Still," and "All We Are," as well as Hall & Oates classics "Did It in a Minute" and "One on One." Matt Nathanson's "Come On Get Higher" is featured on the CD "Circle of Friends – Dave FM: Volume 2," an Atlanta-based radio station. Matt Nathanson appeared on the hit show The Bachelor (U.S. TV series) (season 16), where he serenaded bachelor Ben Flajnik and runner-up Lindzi Cox with his hit "Faster." "Kiss quick" was featured on One Tree Hill season 8 episode 22. On July 9, 2013, Nathanson and his band performed his single, "Mission Bells," on the Jay Leno Show. Nathanson wore a That Metal Show (TMS) t-shirt during his The Tonight Show with Jay Leno appearance and as a result he was invited to appear on Season 13 Episode 5 of That Metal Show along with Myles Kennedy & Mark Tremonti from the band Alter Bridge.
    On March 3, 2009, he performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, singing "Come On Get Higher."
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    On February 13, 2009, Nathanson and his band performed "Come On Get Higher" on the Late Show with David Letterman.
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  • 2008
    Age 34
    Nathanson and his band performed "Come On Get Higher" on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on December 22, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The CW show The Vampire Diaries featured his song "All We Are" in the first season episode, "Family Ties" and Life Unexpected in second season episode titled "Parents Unemployed". The song was also on the fifth season episode ("Family", episode 2) of the CBS show NCIS His song "Bulletproof Weeks" appeared in the episode "Another Second Chance" of the TV series Private Practice on January 14, 2010.
    His song "Sooner Surrender" was used on the May 28, 2008 episode of Men in Trees, "New Dog, Old Tricks."
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    On January 30, 2008, Nathanson and his band performed "Car Crash" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
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  • 2007
    Age 33
    His album Some Mad Hope was released on August 14, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The song "All We Are" was featured on the television series NCIS in the fifth season episode "Family," the first season Private Practice episode "In Which Charlotte Goes Down the Rabbit Hole," the One Tree Hill episodes "My Way Home is Through You" and "Forever and Almost Always." He was also featured on Women's Murder Club. The ABC show Big Shots featured his song "Come On Get Higher," and the song "I Saw" was featured on Scrubs in the sixth season episode "My Best Friend's Baby's Baby and My Baby's Baby." Nathanson's song "Little Victories" was used on the Season 7 episode of Scrubs, "My Dumb Luck."
  • 2006
    Age 32
    This record was released in April 2006 and debuted at #29 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart the week of its release.
    More Details Hide Details Some Mad Hope was recorded between August 2005 and March 2007 in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Cotati, CA. The album was made independently, and Nathanson partnered with Vanguard Records for its release in August 2007. It debuted at #60 on the Billboard Top 200 and was on the charts for 34 weeks. Various songs on the record were placed on television shows, including CSI, One Tree Hill, Private Practice, Melrose Place, 90210, Vampire Diaries, and American Idol, among others. Singles included "Come On Get Higher" (peaked at #2 at Triple A, #9 at Hot AC, #3 at Mainstream AC and #19 at Pop), "Car Crash" (peaked at #12 at Triple A, and #29 at Hot AC), "Falling Apart" (peaked #29 at Hot AC), and "All We Are" (peaked at #26 at Triple A).
  • 2005
    Age 31
    Before 2005, Nathanson was often accompanied by cellist Matt Fish.
    More Details Hide Details Current touring band, as of Fall 2014: Aaron Tap (guitar, back-up vocals, artistic director), Chris Lovejoy (percussion), and Shiben Bhattacharya (bass).
  • 1973
    Born on March 28, 1973.
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