In July of 1984, a talented young man with a love for music was born in Covington, Tennessee. It is my pleasure to introduce you to Matt Boone. Boone was born with a rare heart problem with his aortic valve. Matt spent most of his childhood hospitalized, but he remained strong and beat the odds. At the age of 14, Matt underwent open heart surgery to repair the leaky aortic heart valve. The surgery was a success, but only temporarily. When Matt was 21 his heart issues surfaced again and at this time the call was made for a very tricky operation. He had to have an aortic valve replacement. Sadly, even after the operation, Matt continued to have severe heart problems and in 2010, he was implanted with a pacemaker due to problems with his heart’s rhythm. Some call Matt a walking miracle, others call him lucky. Matt just says “the good Lord has a calling for me and that’s why I’m here. Music is filled with so much emotion and heart, especially country music, and that is why I love to sing it.”
Growing up Matt Boone loved to perform. Five-year-old Boone could be seen walking around the house singing the tunes of Randy Travis and driving his parents crazy. Christmas of 1989, Matt’s father gave him his first guitar. “It was a far cry from the cardboard cutout with Crayola strings I had played before,” says Boone. With his new guitar in hand, you would often find Matt strumming along to the radio despite the fact he had no clue how to play. Three years later when Matt was 8 his family took a trip to Florida where his uncle, an astounding musician and singer taught him the basics of a guitar; a lasting memory for Boone. “I learned two chords that day from my Uncle Ricky and man, I thought I was Elvis Presley,” recants Boone. That evening Matt’s uncle dressed him up in full cowboy garb and brought him to play with his band at the family gathering. Matt was the life of the party; until the stage freight, that is. “I froze like an ice cube about two words into my song,” recalls Boone.
In the early – mid 90’s Matt began playing drums with the Henson Family Gospel Group. He remained with them for many years while he refined his craft of performing in front of the public. During his high school years, one could find Matt practicing playing musical instruments and writing song lyrics. His efforts soon paid off when he became the lead vocal for a local cover band called American Pride better known today as South Wind.
Currently, Boone resides in West Tennessee with his wife Amy and 5 children (2 are Boone’s biological and 3 are adopted). Matt credits his love of music to the influences of George Strait, Randy Travis, Brooks & Dunn and Memphis’s own BB King.
Everything began to fall into place for Boone in 2009 when his first record deal was offered. He also attended a songwriters festival at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee; playing on the same stage as the beloved star. His first studio album was recorded in 2009 at Beaver Wood Studio in Nashville which hit airways worldwide and was a huge success overseas. Later in 2009, Boone became a member of the National Traditional Country Music Association (N.T.C.M.A.) and was immediately awarded the organization’s “Rising Legend Award”.
In 2011, he performed at the Nashville Cowboy Church and his performance debuted on XM satellite radio as a segment on the legendary WSM Radio Nashville station. Matt has also performed on the Legendary Grinders Switch Radio show where other guests have been Charlie Daniels, Minnie Pearl, along with numerous other well-known singers and songwriters. He has performed regularly at Rudi’s Café, where he has met many of country’s superstars. It was there he shared the stage with the late Jack Greene, a longtime member of the Grand Ole Opry. Also in 2011, his new CD “Family Table” was nominated for “CD of the Year” with N.T.C.M.A.
In 2013 things are in full swing for Matt Boone. His songs have stretched the airways reaching all across the United States and into England, Ireland, and Germany to name a few. He has included television appearances on WREG the CBS affiliate in Memphis, TN and WMC TV Channel 5 an NBC affiliate, plus multiple other stations.
“Song of the Year” award from N.T.C.M.A. was given to Boone in 2014 for his hit single “My Little Angel.” A song Matt wrote and recorded to help out a local family in need after suffering a tragic loss. “Writing and recording this song was the least I could during this solemn time. I never dreamed I would win anything with it,” says Matt. December of 2014, Boone teamed up with Red Ridge Artist Development in Nashville where he is currently working on a new CD and promotional video.
Matt’s plans for 2015 include finishing up the new CD and video and shipping the new material out to major labels , booking agencies, and more radio stations once they are completed.
Matt Boone is also well known for his performances at a number of charity events and at the affairs of different organizations. He is the one to call when a good performance is needed. In his 25 + years of performing he has done over 150 of these events.