It has become increasingly obvious that 21 year-old Matthew McQueen is a star. He embodies all the qualities for greatness: talent, stage presence, ambition and vision. The Georgetown, Texas native is one of those rare artists’ who has maintained his underground credibility while garnering mainstream attention, and not compromising his creative genius. As a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, playing the piano and guitar with skillful ease, McQueen has emerged as both a prodigy and an anomaly.
His broad musical style avoids easy categorization, spanning from soul to pop to rock. Both musically and lyrically, he is emotionally powerful and diverse in nature with the ability to authentically transition between each genre effortlessly. Crediting influences as distinct as his brilliance (Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Justin Timberlake, Gavin DeGraw, Andy Grammer, Imagine Dragons), McQueen is revolutionizing the culture.
He grew his grassroots movement literally in his backyard, performing as a child for family and friends on various occasions and holidays. As a result, he is deeply rooted in and cherishes the support of his local community. With Austin, the Live Music Capital of the World, being just 35 minutes north of Georgetown, McQueen works tirelessly to put his city on the map. And it shouldn’t take long due to his chameleonic versatility. He is equally comfortable singing from the depths of his soul, as he is swagging out like a rock star. Easily shifting through styles, McQueen’s raw energy, punk swagger and pop finesse create an atmospheric mood with listeners. His earnest lyrics about remaining true to oneself and the struggles of his generation, including the courage to talk about his personal battle with anxiety, reveals an artist in full bloom; one who’s not afraid to take chances.
Over the past few years, McQueen and his band have developed a devoted cult following that continues to grow exponentially with each performance. To date, they have opened for John Michael Montgomery, Joe Nichols and the Prophets and Outlaws, averaging audiences between 5,000-15,000.
A remarkable, pensive and passionate talent, McQueen just signed with Drum Squad Records and is currently working on an EP with 2x Grammy-winning producer Drumma Boy.