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Matthew Guiseppe

Both naturally talented and surprisingly innovative, Matthew Guiseppe has exceeded all expectations of what a pop star should be. Dubbed "Pop Music's Ultimate Chameleon" by Rolling Stone, Matthew changes his pop style from soft rock, blue-eyed soul ballads to Urban Pop, R&B, Dance-Pop Uptempo club hits. Whatever he does, his talents as an amazing singer, accomplished songwriter, and a fearless artist-kind of like a young male version of Christina Aguilera- has earned him major success the best way possible: HIS way. Born on October 13, 1988, Matthew Guiseppe grew up in Chicago, Illinois wit ...read more

Both naturally talented and surprisingly innovative, Matthew Guiseppe has exceeded all expectations of what a pop star should be. Dubbed "Pop Music's Ultimate Chameleon" by Rolling Stone, Matthew changes his pop style from soft rock, blue-eyed soul ballads to Urban Pop, R&B, Dance-Pop Uptempo club hits. Whatever he does, his talents as an amazing singer, accomplished songwriter, and a fearless artist-kind of like a young male version of Christina Aguilera- has earned him major success the best way possible: HIS way. Born on October 13, 1988, Matthew Guiseppe grew up in Chicago, Illinois with a fatuation of the bubblegum teen-pop explosion of the late-90's before he himself was even a teenager. He wanted to sing like Christina, dance like *NSYNC, drive the girls crazy like Usher, and be fearless like Britney. His parents always supported his dreams, and in the summer of 2006 at age 17, Matthew appeared on the very first season of "America's Got Talent." Wowing the nation with his performances of songs by everyone from *NSYNC to Michael Bolton, Matthew was on his way to becoming a star. While he only made it to the semi-finals, he had made such an impression that Atlantic Records signed him immediately. Despite Matthew being only 18 when his debut album, "Dreams," was released in March 2007, he received good reviews from critics for his impressive vocals and mature content. Ironically, "Dreans" sounded more like late-80's to mid-90's soft-rock flavored adult contenporary pop than late-90's mid-tempo teen pop, and Matthew became known for his love songs. His first single, "Evergreen," became one of the biggest hits of 2007, and the more up-tempo pop rock "Back to You" hit #4. While "Dreams" is Matthew's only album to date not to hit #1 in the U.S. it still went triple platinum, and sold seven million copies worldwide. Matthew became the youngest male solo artist to win the "Best New Artist" Grammy, and second-youngest overall behind LeAnn Rimes. Most critics may have saw Matthew as a breath of fresh air in an overtly-sexualized teen-obsessed pop culture, as he wrote four songs on "Dreams (including 'Evergreen')," he was still pigeon-holded as a teen idol. For his follow-up, Matthew attempted to strip all pretenses, and be as mature and natural-sounding as possible. He wrote/co. wrote every song on "Save Me From Myself," released in September 2008. The lead single, "If You're Not the One" became Matthew's biggest hit, topping the Hot 100 for five weeks. Its surprisingly steamy video showed a more mature- and eventually sexier- side of Matthew, and featured his girlfriens and future wife, LA fashion designer Amy Braunstein. Future top-ten hits like "All or Nothing" and "Think Twice" gave Matthew a cumulative of 14 weeks at the top of Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart, the most since Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway." After being the youngest artist to win "Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist" at the American Music Awards, Billboard proclaimed Matthew: "The youngest pop star in... The chart's history." He also appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone for the first time with the title: "More Than Just a Pop Star," with the magazine praising Matthew's singing and conservative image. However, while pleased he finally got to do what he wanted, Matthew felt compelled to not do love songs and ballads all the time . He changed his image to be tougher and sexier, but not overshadowing his impeccable vocals. Matthew also co-produced his third album, and gave it an Urban Pop, Dance-Pop sound almost completely absent on his first two albums. The title says it all: "All Grown Up" was released in October 2009, literally a week before Matthew turned 21. While it sold 700,000 copies its first week, and Matthew himself referred to it as: "a musical 180," the album wasn't as well received as "Save Me From Myself" as critics felt he was trying to be something he wasn't. Ironically, Rolling Stone gave it four out of five stars, praising Matthew's production and calling it: "More believable declaration of adulthood than even some of his idols (Britney Spears "Britney," Justin Timberlake "Justified," Christina Aguilera "Stripped.") While #1 smashes like "Let Me Entertain You" and "Fast Love" were poorly received critically for their sexual content, he proved he hadn't abandoned ballads like the #3 hit "As Long As You Love Me." With 5 Top Ten Hits, two #1's, and eight million copies sold in just over two years, "All Grown Up" caused controversy when it beat records by Eminem and Lady Gaga, who was actually a good friend of Matthew's, for the "Album of the Year" Grammy, unheard of for a 21-year-old. After a hugely successful tour, Matthew dove deeper into dance-pop music with his fourth album "Tornado," released in February 2011. While "All Grown Up" had its share of dance hits, Matthew felt it was still rough around the edges, while his main goal for "Tornado" was just to have fun. Pop stars like Matthew, his female counterpart Rihanna (with whom he appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone with that April,) and his idol Britney Spears were at the center of Dance music emerging in mainstream pop, and Matthew's "Tornado" was the best received of these by critics. From mid-tempo dance pop tunes like the #1 "Breathless" and top 5 "Escape" to the top 10 "Save Me From Myself"-like ballad "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," to the Grammy-winning (Best Dance Recording) #1 90's-house tribute "Waiting Gor Tonight," "Tornado" was Matthew'sost varying record to date. Selling five million copies worldwide, the album was more visual, theatrical, and over-the-top than anything Matthew had ever done, as seen on the "Tropical Storm World Tour." In January 2012, Matthew returned with his fifth album, "In the Heat of the Night," which showed Matthew's influences of 90's Pop, R&B, Soft rock, and Dabce-Pop spread throughout only 12 songs. The album was Matthew's most personal to date, focusing on loneliness, self-worth, and the challenges of love (Matthew had been married since June 2011) which he says made it his best album to date. Critics agreed, as Rolling Stone called it: "One of the best albums of the year." With Matthew's 7th #1 hit, "Say You'll Be There," and the top ten "Angels" and "Save Tonight," Matthew has 18 top ten hits, more than any other male artist of the 21st century. At just 23 years old, Matthew Guiseppe is a bonafide pop phenomenon, with 6 Grammy Awards and 30 million albums sold. He is an accomplished singer, songwriter, producer, and one of the most incredibly naturally, critically acclaimed pop singers of his generation. No matter what he does, be prepared to be left breathless. « hide

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In the Heat of the Night
01/31/2012

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