About

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Background

Matthew got his first taste of guitar at the age of three, when he received a toy guitar for Christmas. He started taking lessons in the second grade and won his first electric guitar in the 2007 James Burton Foundation’s Guitar Showdown. Inspired by artists such as The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and John Mayer, Matthew combines elements of country rock, pop and blues into his music. When Matthew was just 12 years old, he formed his own band and The Matthew Davidson Band made their debut in 2010. 

Early Career Highlights

Matthew Davidson made his performing debut over nine years ago and he has not slowed down since! Matthew has performed at venues all across the south. Some of his most notable performances include: The New Orleans Jazz Fest, Dallas House of Blues, Hard Rock Cafes (Dallas, Memphis and Nashville), and the James Burton International Guitar Festival. Matthew has had the honor of sharing the stage on two separate occasions with internationally acclaimed blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Matthew has also had the privilege of opening for nationally known acts Austin Mahone, Rachel Platten, and Fifth Harmony.

Awards

Over his relatively short career, Matthew has amassed numerous awards and accolades. Matthew was selected as the guitarist for the 2011 “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” Rock Camp Band. During the camp, the band performed both live on the air on “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” (a nationally syndicated radio show) and at the Dallas House of Blues with Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy. In 2011 Matthew was also the winner of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award. “His style was advanced for his age,” said Steven Johnson, Robert’s grandson and vice president of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation. “It was crisp; it was professional. His style with that electric guitar was amazing.” In 2012, Matthew was nominated alongside Hunter Hayes for "Best Emerging Artist" by Offbeat Magazine (based in New Orleans). Matthew's original song "Read My Mind" was selected as a semi-finalist in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition. In both 2014 and 2015, Matthew was selected out of numerous applicants to attend Grammy Camp in Nashville, TN. More recently, Matthew received a Commercial Guitar Scholarship from the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee for four consecutive years.

Music

Matthew released his debut EP "Step Up" in 2012 which was produced by legendary bass player and member of the "Wrecking Crew" Joe Osborn. In 2014, Matthew released his second EP "Cross My Heart". 

Nashville

Matthew moved to Nashville in August 2016 to major in Commercial Music-Guitar at Belmont University. He has already logged hundreds of shows in and around Nashville at places such as Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row, Blake Shelton's Ole Red, Luke Bryan's 32 Bridge, Florida Georgia Line's FGL House, Jason Aldean's Kitchen & Rooftop Bar , Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Legends Corner, The Stage, and Hard Rock Cafe Nashville. Matthew has played guitar for supporting artists opening for Willie Nelson and Walker Hayes, and is currently touring with Universal Music Group Nashville recording artist Travis Denning. In Sept. 2019, Matthew made his Grand Ole Opry debut performing with Travis.