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Ansel Matthews is a singer and acoustic guitarist with a warm, soulful voice and an impressive three-octave range. He feels passionately about society which is reflected in his songwriting. Lyrically his songs explore deep feelings whether its finding answers within, urging people to get motivated, or hoping to bring people together by offering a musical prayer to the world. He received his first guitar (a nylon stringed one) at age 9. He would later try his hand at the steel and electric guitar but eventually gravitated back to the classical guitar. "The classical guitar", explains Matthews, "with its warm round sound connects with the romantic in me. I really love the elasticity of the strings which allow for a subtlety that is similar to the human voice." Musically he draws from wide-ranging influences - soul singers such as Sam Cooke, crooners like Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, the early Motown sounds especially Stevie Wonder, the Seventies pop-folk of Jim Croce and James Taylor and from years of experience singing in classical and gospel choral groups