He could be compared to Justin Bieber, Sam Smith, Justin Timberlake, Usher, Ne-Yo, Adam Levine, Taeyang, Jason Derulo and John Legend. Though these legends are a rarity, on September 8, 1989, another young star was born. Singing sensation and producer “Matt B.” was raised in Chicago as one of seven talented children. He grew up in some rough neighborhoods, but was relatively shielded from much of the struggles young PEOPLE encounter in such areas, as he was home schooled until his high school years. He discovered his passion for music at a very early age and spent his entire childhood singing and performing with his two older brothers, Aa-ron & Timothy Benson. Eventually, the three formed a singing group and branded themselves TriEnd'.
The talented group quickly began amazing crowds and soon starting working with some of music's leading pro-ducers, such as the Insomniax and John Monopoly. After achieving some impressive milestones of success as a Jackson Five-esque family singing trio, the young men began growing in different professional directions while, at the same time, Matt B.'s first entry into the Chicago public school system created its own set of challenges.
Though he was humbled by the great success he experienced with TriEnd, Matt B. was maturing - both physi-cally and professionally - and split from TriEnd, branching into a solo career of his own. (His brother, Timothy, also began a solo career at this time and became a pop sensation in Japan after signing to Manhattan Records, selling over 300,000 copies of his debut album “Formula”). Now on his own, Matt B. spent months incubating and developing a new sound and ambiance for himself as a soloist, drawing his inspiration from Michael Jack-son, Stevie Wonder, and Usher. His self-titled album “Matt B.:301B” was released in early 2011. The original album was a clever fusion of pop, hip-hop, and R&B, which created a fresh, new genre that he called “Poppin' R&B”.
Fans across the nation embraced Matt B.'s debut album, which inspired him to push himself to greater limits within his career, releasing his first mixtape, “Freakology”, which was designed to cater to his R&B-loving audi-ences, later that summer. (His smooth, velvet-like vocals blended with his seductively ingenious lyrics to create an artistically explicit realm firmly basing itself within R&B roots). Throughout the duration of 2011, “Freakology” buzzed greatly in the Chicago-land area, which helped Matt B. develop an even stronger fan base that supported his career, the success of “Freakology” pushing him up the scale within the music industry.
Following this success, Matt B. took on a complete metamorphosis in 2012 to follow his passion for pop music with his second mixtape “TecknoColor”, a uniquely-blended techno collection of upbeat, futuristic dance tracks to appeal to people of all ages. “I have always had a passion for pop music,” Matt B. stated in an inter-view, “The upbeat tempo just makes you want to dance. I want to bring love and joy to all of my fans, and the best way to do so is through the pop vibe.”
At the end of the day, Matt B.'s persistent drive and pursuit for success in the music industry has caused him to come face to face with his dreams. He has grown into an exceptional artist and, already a local Chicago hero, is rapidly developing into a worldwide pop artist force of nature. “I am my music, and my music is me,” he pas-sionately stated, “Music is what I love. I eat, sleep, and breathe music, and I want to share my experiences with the world through my craft.”
Matt B. is currently recording at the Chicago Recording Company, the largest privately-owned recording studio in the world , which has worked with nearly every big name contemporary artist imaginable (Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Rihanna to name a few). In August 2014, Matt signed with a major record label in Japan, Star Base Music (http://starbase.jp/) and released his first album with them on September 24, 2014. The album hit #1 on the iTunes RnB album charts in Japan. His sophomore album, "Dive", is set to be released in the first quarter of 2016.
Connect With The Artist