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There is no greater triumph in life than overcoming adversity and finding out that you have talent to back it up. Jazz singer, Patricia “Trish” Mata is the purest example of that triumph. Born into a musically gifted working class family in New Jersey, Trish’s musical talent developed later in life. Surrounded by her Frank Sinatra/Big Band-inspired Dad and her rock and roll infused brother, Trish always knew that there was musical talent in her but unfortunately, it was never something that was honed or supported at a level that would have helped her grow during her teens or twenties.
Years later, she would discover that not only did she have a voice but it was one that was on the verge of bursting out of her soul. However, her constant stage fright prevented her from ever achieving or even auditioning for any kind of performance based career. Supported by her kids and her husband, she decided to go on an audition for the summer stock plays that performed in parks around New Jersey. At her first audition, she embarrassingly forgot all the words to the song she was supposed to perform. Trish relates of that initial experience, “My kids said, ‘Ma, ya screwed up!’ But I told them, ‘No, you don’t understand! I may have messed up the audition, but I got up on that stage! That was a huge step for me.”
While that would have deterred most people, Trish’s resolve made her realize that even though she forgot the words, she took the first huge step to a larger world by simply being able to get in front of people on a stage. She vowed to take things a step further in her second audition and actually remember the words to the song in addition to getting on stage in front of people. While the audition didn’t go as well as she hoped, she realized that her stage fright dissipated and her vocal talents increased exponentially.
Disenfranchised with the current state of auto-tuned music that has enthralled America, Trish decided to hearken back to her roots and deliver a vocal performance like the singers that her parents regularly emulated, “Everybody’s auto-tuned! Every channel you turn on has someone that’s auto-tuned! Where’s the voice? Where’s the soul? There’s no soul in auto-tuning. You take the humanity out of the music.”
Trish dived back into the soulful Motown sirens of the 50s and the crooners that frequented early Hollywood and Las Vegas and mixed it with the contemporary stylings of singers like Michael Buble and Norah Jones. With a new music base to work from, a solid support group of family, friends, and fans, Mata has emerged from her shell. She feels just as at home singing in a smoky dive bar with just her voice and a piano to a huge ballroom with a full orchestra.
She has wowed audiences all over New Jersey and continues to make a name for herself with her powerful and soulful vocals. Mata is bringing back the glamour of the 40’s and 50’s to this new millennium with a beauty that is second to none and a voice that fills every room she plays with life and heart. Her maturity mixes the wisdom of someone who has seen not only others fail but has also seen the success of vapid and immature pop stars seething in self destruction and drama.
Trish is here to make people remember that music is born in the soul, it’s sung from the heart, and it makes people relive those profound memories that have shaped our experiences. She testifies, “That’s what I want people to rediscover. The human side to real emotional vocals. My goal is to bring it to them in a very real way.” Music is the soundtrack to our lives and Trish Mata is here to shake us out of our sugary pop music coma and remind us that with age and beauty, comes something deeper than anyone can find on the radio: TRUE MUSIC.