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“Canadian singer-songwriter Mathew V recently received his first JUNO Award nomination for Adult Contemporary Album of The Year for his fantastic EP, The Outer Circle. Mathew’s emergence as one of Canada’s brightest, breakout talents has been slowly and methodically building over the past decade. With his 50 million career streams to date, over 1 million monthly listeners on Spotify, and a loyal fan base, the JUNO nomination solidifies his place firmly as an artist to watch in 2022”.
Can you tell us about how it feels to be nominated for your very first JUNO Award for Adult Contemporary Album of The Year?
It is such a huge honour. This is something that you dream about as a musician, so to be acknowledged in this way…it’s pretty huge. I’m also nominated beside some friends which is a really cool experience that we get to share together.
When did you know really you wanted to be a musician?
There was never a plan B for me. I was singing and putting on shows from before I could talk. I used to sing “Man I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain at any and every family get together. I won’t be able to live down those home videos.
Are you musically trained? How did you develop your skills?
I trained in classical music for 10 years as a kid. It gave me the base for all of the singing that I do today. I wouldn’t trade it for the world, although there was some de-training that had to happen as I found my own sound.
Who are some of your biggest musical influences?
I love big singers. I grew up listening to Celine Dion and Whitney Houston. I think their music formed my personal taste and my love for emotive powerful vocals, and beautiful melodies. I don’t think anyone will be able to match the level of those women.
How would you describe your sound?
I’d say that everything that I do is vocally focused. How I sing is how I communicate and that’s at the centre of my music. I’d say it’s honest, soulful, melodic and versatile. On a body of work, I try to have something for every mood.
What’s your favourite tune in your repertoire and why?
Healing is my favourite song I’ve written. It took a few years to find the right lyrics for the melody as it lived through many different versions. But finally when it landed, I knew I had found the perfect words for the melody and it was exactly what I needed to write at the time.
What can audiences expect from one of your live shows?
I hope to build a personal connection at my shows. I like to share some personal stories, and really sing. Deliver some versions that you can’t hear at home. Over the pandemic I really missed SINGING. On stage I try to lean into that in a big way.
Where can we find your music?
You can find my music wherever you listen to music! Look up Mathew V and there I’ll be! Thanks so much for your time.