Singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson was the recent guest for an installment of the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp — SoundCheck program. Hosted by The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter at the Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, 100 local high school and college students were given the unique opportunity to experience a live soundcheck and question-and-answer session with Nathanson, during which he discussed his most recent release, Modern Love, music education, advice for aspiring musicians, and upcoming tours and projects.
"You have to be smart enough to navigate and take what everybody says and digest it," said Nathanson. "You have to keep moving forward and pushing yourself. If music is your passion you'll find a way to do it, it's just sort of a fact."
Inspired by the likes of Def Leppard, Kiss and Van Halen, San Francisco-based Nathanson knew music was his passion at an early age. Mixing singer/songwriter sensibilities with acoustic melodies, in 1993 Nathanson released his debut album, Please, and began to build a fan base through extensive touring. Several albums followed, including Ernst (1997), Not Colored Too Perfect (1998), Still Waiting For Spring (2000), Beneath These Fireworks (2003), and At The Point (2006). In 2007 Nathanson released Some Mad Hope, which notched his first appearance on the Billboard 200 and spawned the platinum-selling hit single "Come On Get Higher."
Released in 2011, Modern Love was co-produced by Nathanson and Mark Weinberg. The album debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 and features the hit singles "Faster" and "Run," the latter featuring Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. Nathanson has had several songs featured in TV series, including "90210," "Vampire Diaries" and "American Idol." He is currently on tour throughout the United States and Europe through May, with select dates scheduled in support of GRAMMY winner Kelly Clarkson.
(Connecticut native indie/pop artist Christine Jamra is an alumna of the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp program. Currently based in Nashville, Jamra is working on her new EP, which will be released in summer 2012. You can listen to her music and get updates on her Facebook and Twitter pages.)
The GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp —SoundCheck program provides high school and college students a glimpse into the realities of music careers by offering them the opportunity to experience a soundcheck rehearsal with a recording artist, followed by an interactive and candid question-and-answer session. Also a part of the Foundation's GRAMMY in the Schools offerings is GRAMMY Camp, a residential summer music industry camp for U.S. high school students. This year's camp will be held in Los Angeles, Nashville and New York. Applications are due March 31. For more information, visit www.grammyintheschools.com.