Matt Watts is an American songwriter and performer currently residing in Belgium for the better part of a decade.
Born the son of a Southern preacher and a mother with Cherokee roots in the Carolinas. He traveled the East coast of the United States for the sake of his father's ministry until moving at the age of 14 across the country to a secluded town in the Midwest in the state of Montana.
Since his arrival in Belgium, he has frequently toured, in 2012 participated in Humo's Rock Rally, and has released four albums "Joy And Longing" (Self-Released °2011, 3/5 stars Cutting Edge), "Wayward Wind" (Bobonne Records °2013, 4/5 stars IndieStyle), "Songs From A Window" (Starman Records °2014, 8/10 stars Enola, Cobra, Oor (both favorable),.. ), and "How Different It Was When You Were There" (Starman Records °2016, 4/5 stars De Standaard, 4/5 stars Het Nieuwsblad). In addition he has also worked in collaboration with Zita Swoon Group on their 2016 production "The Ballad of Erol Klof" (3/5 stars FOCUS KNACK) as a songwriter and performer.
His first album "Joy And Longing" was written in 2010 while working in a small town near Cambridge in the UK and recorded alone in the night while his family slept. After a small tour he formed The Calicos, a group of four Belgian musicians. Together they recorded "Wayward Wind" in a small apartment above an Ice Cream Shop on the Belgian coast. The album was later re-mixed by Fritz Sundermann (Axelle Red) and mastered by Staf Verbeeck at Stiff Studio.
Trouble and depression once again caught up with him and he spent the Spring and Summer of 2014 in and out of a Belgian psychiatric hospital. It was there he wrote the majority of what would become "Songs From A Window", his first release on Starman Records. The album was recorded Joan Giménez Flores and once again mastered by Staf Verbeeck at Stiff Studio.
His newest album "How Different It Was When You Were There" is a collaboration with Belgian producer/bassist Nicolas Rombouts (ex-Dez Mona, Guido Belcanto) and was released on Starman Records in February 2017 on Vinyl, CD, and digitally.
The album was produced, recorded and mixed by Nicolas Rombouts, mastered by Frederik Dejongh, and features guitarist Geert Hellings (Stanton), drummer Maarten Moesen (Bony King, Admiral Freebee) and guest performances by Bjorn Eriksson (ex-Zita Swoon, Eriksson Delcroix) and Nathalie Delcroix (Laïs, Eriksson Delcroix), and Stef Kamil Carlens (ex-dEUS, Zita Swoon Group) who he also supported on tour through Belgium and The Netherlands in 2017 and 2018.
In addition he also supported American folk singer-songwriter Simon Joyner and Alt-Country singer-songwriter Jim White in 2017 while promoting "How Different It Was When You Were There" (Starman Records).
The album's first single "Joanne" featuring Eriksson Delcroix was also included on Belgium's Radio 1 program Wonderland's end of the year list of of "Most Beautiful Songs" in 2017. The album's third single "Many a friend too kind" featuring Stef Kamil Carlens was listed as "Song of the week" in Belgium's HUMO (11/17) magazine.
Matt Watts is currently working on a new album which will be co-produced by Stef Kamil Carlens and Nicolas Rombouts.