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Matt Poling / Blog

My Story

I was bitten by the music bug early in my life. I can still remember walking into the piano one day at the age of four and pecking out Jolly Old Saint Nicholas. Not really realizing what I had even done my mom put me in piano lessons. I continued lessons for the next twelve years performing numerous recitles and guild auditions. As I got older I lost interest in it becoming more involved in high school sports.

At this point music was starting to take a back seat in my life and sports were beginning to take up all my time. That all changed when I went to a Rascal Flatts concert at the age of 15. That concert changed my life and is a lot of the reason why i'm still playing music today. I was so inspired I decided right then and there that that's what I wanted to do someday.

The next day I picked up my dads old Hagstrum guitar and was determined to learn how to play it. I looked up a few chords out of an old book that was laying around in the basement and practiced them until my fingers bled.(Literally)

I began to play music at my churches youth group with my cousin(a singer) and another longtime friend that played drums. After a few weeks we decided to start a band. We talked my other cousin into buying a bass and learning to play it, so he did lol. The three of us along with another guitar player became "Backwoods" we played local venues for around five years. The band split as we were all at different points in our lives. I credit a lot of where I am today to that band. When we first started I could barely play, during the time the band was together I had transformed into a pretty decent guitar player. Let's be real, I was no Brad Paisley by any means, but I was decent lol.

After the band split I had two years of high school left. I kept playing guitar and even started playing piano again. Somewhere in between I taught myself to play bass. I took choir in my junior year of high school because I heard it was an easy A. I was right it was an easy A, and it was there that I realized that maybe I might try singing.

I reconnected with the drummer of my old band and we started playing music together in my basement for fun. I decided to pursue singing and began taking any gig I could pick up.

Today I am in my third year of college at West Virginia University. I am still at it musically playing any gig I can get. Recently I have been lucky enough to play about every weekend.

Music has always been and always will be a big part of my life. It's something that nobody can ever take away from me, whether it's for a living or just as a hobby.