Matthew Perryman Jones

"An articulate songwriter with a versatile and gritty tenor voice -- a combination that has drawn comparisons to everyone from Jeff Buckley to Leonard Cohen -- MATTHEW PERRYMAN JONES has the touch of a poet and the narrative reach of a short story writer, making the best of his songs deeply resonant." -Steve Leggett (Rovi)

Having just finished his first full length album since 2008, Land of the Living was produced by Cason Cooley (Katie Herzig) and is set to be released on May 29th. This record was fan funded through Kickstarter and raised over $26K in 1 month, 30% over his asking goal. This no doubt conveys an enthusiasm among fans of MPJ's music. Kickstarter backers who received an advance download of the record are already touting this to be Jones' best work to date. Matthew holds nothing back on this record and delivers his most emotional and musically compelling work yet. Shortly written after the death of his father, this album is a courageous personal odyssey through life's most troubled waters of love and loss, and communicates the process by which we grieve, and the fight to find restored hope. The writing process of Land of the Living was an intense wringing of words, emotions, and melody from the rags of Jones' solitude, but are an account of his truth found in the pain. Produced by Cason Cooley (Katie Herzig) and released on May 29th, the record could not have found a better birthplace than the elusive bohemian studio in Round Top, Texas, where it was recorded. The studio itself was made from a 1700's Amish farmhouse, is surrounded by vast land and skies, and haunted by a woman the band came to call Sarah. Matthew slept in a teepee outside the studio for the week the band recorded, and the short time span forced them to "trust our gut and bring our very best to the table."

Jones began playing out in 1997, debuting at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA, but he soon relocated to Nashville. In 2000 he released Nowhere Else But Here followed by an EP, For the Road, in 2003. Released in 2006, Throwing Punches in the Dark was produced by Neilson Hubbard (Glen Phillips, Garrison Star) and met with high critical praise. Jones re-teamed with Hubbard for Swallow the Sea, which was released in 2008. His music has found a home on Film and TV with over 30 placements on shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Bones, One Tree Hill, Pretty Liars & Private Practice.

MPJ has shared the stage with Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Paula Cole, as well as being a staple feature in the nationally acclaimed "Ten Out of Tenn. Collective" with fellow artists, Katie Herzig, Erin McCarley, Butterfly Boucher, Andrew Belle and others. He is currently getting ready to start touring in support of his upcoming album.

What’s the other side of love? There’s the love you see in movies. The love you’re taught as a child will be your due when you grow up. Fairytale love. Brotherly love. But there’s another side to it.

“When you actually live through something real, you realize there are a lot of aspects of love,” says singer-songwriter Amy Stroup. “There’s a lot of pain. It takes courage. There’s something you have to fight for. Actually living a life with someone gets ugly.”

And in that, there is beauty: Amy has been named one of Prairie Home Companion’s “Top 20 Songwriters Under 30” and won a national Peacemaker Award.

Her new CD — “The Other Side of Love Sessions,” in stores on June 28 — compiles the best songs from her previous digital-only EPs and bathes them in a new light.

“All these songs,” she says, “explore different types of love.”

There is the sweeping and yearning love of “Hold on to Heart Love,” so affecting it has been featured in the hit TV shows “Brothers & Sisters,” “Private Practice,” “One Tree Hill” and “Army Wives.”

There is the lilting, aching love of “Quiet Hearts,” featured in “Greek,” “One Tree Hill” and “Pretty Little Liars.”

There is the driving, determined love of “Backed into a Corner,” which you may have heard in Grey’s Anatomy.

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