New Yorker Matt Beilis (pronounced Bay-liss) was born with his distinct voice. Some would say it’s unconventional, which would fit the personality of this singer/songwriter/pianist. Matt traded in his Ivy League education along with a lucrative finance career–for a gig in a piano store, betting that his artistic talents would propel him beyond the comfort that his academic achievements all but guaranteed.
As a graduate of Columbia University, one might expect to rub elbows with pop culture icons like Ashton Kutcher and Bruno Mars at some point in life, but for Matt it all happened organically online. Like many young singers, he set up a YouTube page and started covering his favorite songs – just him and a piano. He quickly found an audience of adoring fans and famous folks who loved his take on Top 40 hits. But what Matt also found was a real career, a booking agent, well-paid tours at colleges across the country, spins on top 40 radio stations, and gigs at notable NYC venues like the Canal Room, Sullivan Hall, The National Underground, and The Bitter End.
There’s no doubt Matt is one of the most talented up and coming singer-songwriters in NYC, but singing other peoples’ songs only gets you so far. So he wrote and wrote and co-wrote with musician and producer friends as well as professional pop writers like Kinetics & One Love, who penned the chorus to B.o.B’s Airplanes. Ironically, it is from those sessions that Matt found his voice. Now, instead of covering songs, the unique singer–identifiable before the end of the first verse–is creating them.