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"Liberty has to be given to others in order to be kept and it's each generation's responsibility to preserve it."
That's what musician/songwriter Matt Fitzgibbons believes is the driving force behind the success of our Republic and all free societies.
With many awards (including two ASCAPlus awards), radio play across the country, and over a hundred interviews on radio, television, podcasts, and in newspapers, Fitzgibbons has reached hundreds of thousands of people with his music and positive message. He has also done singer/songwriter clinics at Sam Ash Music Stores, had a song featured in a film, and is a regular guest on two satellite radio shows which feature his music.
"Musically, I love it! Secondarily, the theme... the message is something that more people need to hear."
-Andy Rice, Program Director KPMX FM, Sterling, CO
"The variety at which (Matt Fitzgibbons) can approach the music is impressive. (He’s) able to do melodic and poetic, and then something that’s a little like a sharp stick to the eye. Most musicians do one thing. It’s impressive that he can do so many."
-Dale Jones, Program Director, WZBG FM, CT
"It's not political folks, it's patriotic."
"The record has an overall earthy tone, and shines as a modern school of rock for the masses. And it is quite bridging; a track like “Different in your Eyes” takes a John Mellencamp-style Americana love story but makes the happy couple decidedly liberal and conservative."
-Jack Coraggio, Litchfield County Times, CT
"I think we ought to spread the word.... It's really good and it does say something."
-Sally Jessy Raphaël, Talknet
"[He's] somehow managed to write patriotic music without its being hokey or Americana."
-Emily Olson, Editor, The Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT)
"(He is) quite talented. (His) songs are patriotic but not really political"
-TJ, MuseBoatRadio, AZ
(Translation) "It's really, really outstanding. Matt makes wonderful music. I find his music very beautiful."
-DJ Nobby, Radio Wellenflug, Germany
"It went right through me! Whoa! Beautiful album. His sincerity cuts right through."
-WICC John Labarka
Since 2005, Fitzgibbons has been writing non-partisan music to inspire people to think about individual liberty and to help spread positive, creative ways to secure our rights. With the release of his first CD "Patriot", and his website PatriotMusic.com, Fitzgibbons has reached thousands of people with his music and message. In 2007 he released his second CD "Patriot 2: A Celebration of Liberty" featuring the U.S. Constitution on the cover with a muddy footprint and a hand wiping it clean. Both CDs won ASCAPlus awards and received excellent reviews nationwide for their melodies, musicianship, lyrics and message. In 2007, his song "Freedom" was featured in a historical documentary called "The Gang". Letters, emails, and online comments from people from all walks of life and from all over the world tell stories about how his music changed their lives and motivated them to get involved in working for the things they believe in.
In early 2012, Fitzgibbons released his third CD, called "Entitled". It features an acrylic painting of Uncle Sam in the foreground after having been mugged and beaten up by two figures who are walking away, counting their spoils: a donkey and an elephant. The CD has 13 tracks, 10 of which have received FM radio play around the U.S., and all of which have received extensive online radio play. Fitzgibbons has done more than 100 interviews and won second place in an Irish Protest Song Songwriting Contest for his song "Whiskey", which tells the tale of one man's experiences during the Whiskey Rebellion. He has also won several online music awards and has been featured on many podcasts, some of which play his music exclusively. He has been as high as #20 on the U.S. charts and #30 internationally on ReverbNation for Singer/Songwriters. Many of Fitzgibbons' interviews are available on his website at www.PatriotMusic.com/Press.html.
Fitzgibbons has consistently been ahead of the curve with his ideas. He began writing for his project in 2004, long before any musician and few politicians were talking about liberty, the U.S. Constitution or the Bill of Rights. Among his many videos, he released a free, pre-release song called "They Can't Take that Away from You" with a video slideshow emphasizing the importance of rights, protest, and our nations mounting debt, several months before the "Occupy Movement" began.
"The U.S. is more divided now than we have been since our Civil War because we've forgotten the simple, but timeless truths in our Founding Principles. Too many people think about things red versus blue, but it's actually much simpler. An aristocracy has formed in Washington D.C. and it’s been over 40 years since the public has been involved in creating a Constitutional Amendment. That’s too long. Our system was designed with the hope that every generation would participate. One vote every couple of years is not enough”, he says. Through his website and interviews, Fitzgibbons is spreading the word about the tools people already have to make a difference.
For more information, including videos and free music from each of Fitzgibbons' three CDs, visit his website at www.PatriotMusic.com.