Matt Thiessen
Musician
Matt Thiessen
Matthew Arnold Thiessen is a Canadian-American musician, known for being co-founder, lead singer, guitarist, pianist, and primary songwriter for the Christian rock band Relient K. With Relient K, he has released six full-length albums, including three that were certified Gold, and three that peaked in the top twenty on the Billboard 200. Outside of his work with Relient K, Thiessen maintains a low-profile side project called Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes.
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Owl City’s “Take It All Away” Off ‘Shooting Star’ EP: Idolator Premiere
Idolator - almost 5 years
It’s only been 11 months since the release of Owl City‘s last album, All Things Bright And Beautiful, but the prolific Adam Young has been hard at work in the meantime, crafting his upcoming LP (due out this summer). And before that, his Shooting Star EP will be made available this coming Tuesday (May 15). As an appetizer, we’re premiering Owl City’s new song “Take It All Way” off the EP. It’s a slow-burning jam that features building chords atop a boom-clap beat, a sunny melody and Young’s soaring tenor on the chorus. Get your first listen of the track below! For his new material, one-man band Owl City did something unusual for him: he turned to other writers and producers to collaborate with. “Over the past several years become fascinated with trying to capture magic in a jar through simple, concise pop songs,” Young says. “I saw it as a great challenge to try to come up with catchy, unique, and memorable songs because it was a new method of songwriting I’d never approached ...
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Farewell Flight: the Beatweek interview - Beatweek Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
How did Matt Thiessen and Matt Hoopes of Mono v. Stereo records and Relient K become fans of your music? Basically a friend of ours (and former Mono vs. Stereo president), Brad Moist, got our record to Matt Thiessen a few years back
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Jack's Mannequin, on heels of third album, tours through Myrtle Beach ... - The Gamecock
Google News - over 5 years
The album also departs from the traditional Jack's Mannequin practice, bringing in some outside songwriting and musical collaborations, including Matt Thiessen from Relient K, for a few of the songs. “Historically, I've written everything — 100
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International Songwriting Competition Announces Judges For The 2011 - Contactmusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Sandra Bernhard; Trombone Shorty; Robert Earl Keen; Black Francis (The Pixies); Mose Allison; Robert Smith (The Cure); Amadou & Mariam; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Chayanne; and more
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Owl City – All Things Bright and Beautiful - Same Same
Google News - over 5 years
Young also invites a host of guest vocalists onto this album, including Breanne Duren (who is also the backup vocalist of his live band), Joan Young and Matt Thiessen. Most notably though, he collaborates with rapper Shawn Chrystopher on Alligator Sky
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Warped Tour: Relient K's Matt Thiessen - Newsday (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Click here Warped Tour: Relient K's Matt Thiessen 2 m ago By Adam Wagner Relient K's latest album is a collection of cover songs that the band's Matt Thiessen listened to as a kid. We caught up with him Saturday at the Warped Tour to talk about the
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The 20 Bands You Must See On Warped Tour 2011 - Aquarian Weekly
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Other than music making, Matt Thiessen and Matt Hoopes have a record label together called Mono Vs Stereo, which represents Daes Vail among other artists, including themselves! For a relatively young band, the five guys of Shut Up And Deal have a sense
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Rihanna, Peter Gabriel & Jerry Lee Lewis name Tia P the winner in the ... - RapNewswire.com (press release)
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... McCoy Tyner; Robert Earl Keen; James Cotton; Toots Hibbert (Toots & The Maytals); DJ Tiësto; Baaba Maal; Sandra Bernhard; Montel Jordan; John Digweed; Adele; Alejandro Sanz; Matt Thiessen (Relient K); Craig Morgan; Keane and Jazmine Sullivan
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Jack's Mannequin hits the road as fans await new album - San Antonio Express
Google News - over 5 years
The album features several songs penned by Reliant K's Matt Thiessen. Although “People and Things†is expected later this year, McMahon is reluctant to give an exact release date. A sneak peek at the new songs is just one reason to catch the band's
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Top tracks: "Kamikaze," "Alligator Sky," "Dreams Don't Turn to Dust" - ChristianityToday.com
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He seems to purposefully make his voice sound smaller when singing, like a prepubescent Matt Thiessen of Relient K. Depending on your perspective, Owl City is either wonderfully childlike, or painfully childish. The texture and mood of his new album,
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    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Thiessen married Emily Wright on August 23, 2015 in New York City, with Matt Hoopes as his best man.
    More Details Hide Details They kept the engagement and marriage a secret from the public.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    The couple planned for an August 22, 2009 wedding.
    More Details Hide Details However, the engagement was terminated in December, after Murphy claimed that Thiessen had been unfaithful.
    In 2009, he contributed vocals, songwriting, and production to Owl City's major-label debut Ocean Eyes, which has sold over 1,500,000 copies worldwide and reached the top ten on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details Lead single "Fireflies" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in late October. Thiessen continues to work with Owl City's Adam Young and contributes vocals to "Plant Life", a song on the album, "All Things Bright and Beautiful". He also co-wrote "Good Time" with Owl City and Brian Lee. Thiessen has also made guest contributions on a number of releases with other artists, including Blackbear, John Reuben, tobyMac and The Fold. Thiessen has received piano lessons since he was seven years old, with early interests in ragtime and Scott Joplin, specifically the soundtrack from The Sting. He taught himself guitar at the age of fourteen by learning to play songs by grunge bands like Silverchair and Nirvana. Thiessen does not use guitar picks while playing; he instead uses his thumb. According to Matt Hoopes, this is because "He looks like a little kid when he with his thumb". Since Relient K's early days, Thiessen's main influences have been in the pop punk genre, specifically NOFX, Less Than Jake, Ghoti Hook, MxPx, and Goldfinger. He later introduced influences from Simon & Garfunkel, Ben Folds, and The Beach Boys, who he has named as his favorite band. Thiessen has claimed that after years of writing and performing pop-punk songs, he now finds writing slower music more enjoyable. He has described his Matt Thiessen and the Earthquakes side project as being influenced by Rufus Wainwright and Ben Folds.
  • 2007
    He later contributed songwriting and vocals to the Switchfoot release "Rebuild" in 2007, in conjunction for the Appetite for Construction Tour.
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  • 2003
    Thiessen dated future pop star Katy Perry for a time from 2003 until 2005, and wrote several songs with her and Glen Ballard during her early recording sessions.
    More Details Hide Details One of the songs the three wrote, "Long Shot", would go on to be recorded by Kelly Clarkson on her 2009 album All I Ever Wanted. Remaining on good terms with Perry, he also co-wrote "Dressin' Up from Teenage Dream: The Complete Confection. In 2008, it was announced that Thiessen proposed to Shannon Murphy, a morning radio co-host of the "Mojo in the Morning" show based in Detroit.
  • 2001
    He has also been credited with piano in most releases, beginning with The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Since the release of Mmhmm in 2004, his piano playing started becoming more prominent, and he began including a piano onstage as well. In addition to being in Relient K, Thiessen plays in his own solo piano project called Matthew Thiessen and the Earthquakes. The project has released a total of five songs on various samplers and compilation albums from Gotee and Mono Vs. Stereo, and several songs written for the project have been re-recorded on Relient K releases. In 2010, after the release and supporting tour of Forget and Not Slow Down, Thiessen announced that he would begin work on a full-length solo album. Although he had previously expressed interest in recording a studio release, he had placed his priority on Relient K, and relegated his solo work to his free time. Thiessen has occasionally collaborated with Jon Foreman of Switchfoot. After initial interest in recording vocals for a Switchfoot song, it instead worked out for Foreman to contribute vocals for the Relient K song "Deathbed" from Five Score and Seven Years Ago.
  • 2000
    Between the years 2000 and 2003, Gotee released three full-length albums, one Christmas album, and four EPs with Relient K. In 2004, their fourth album Mmhmm was released on both Capitol Records and Gotee, and peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard 200.
    More Details Hide Details After recording another EP in 2005, Mmhmm and Two Lefts Don't Make a Right but Three Do, their 2003 album, were certified gold, followed by their 2001 album The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek in 2006. In 2007, Gotee, Capitol, and EMI released Relient K's fifth studio album, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, which peaked at number six on the Billboard 200. After the release of the double EP The Bird and the Bee Sides in 2008, the band signed with Gotee's Mono Vs. Stereo imprint, on which they released their sixth studio album, Forget and Not Slow Down, again reaching the top twenty of the Billboard 200. Thiessen and the other members of Relient K have taken up A&R positions for the label as part of the record deal. For all of Relient K's history, Thiessen has been the lead vocalist, frontman, guitarist, primary songwriter, and sometime co-producer. Because of this position of musical leader, he maintains the most creative and artistic control of the band members.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Thiessen founded Relient K in 1998, with guitarist Matt Hoopes, and bassist Brian Pittman, and recorded the demo All Work & No Play the same year.
    More Details Hide Details The recording attracted the interest of Toby McKeehan who signed the band to his label Gotee Records.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1980
    Born on August 12, 1980.
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