Matt Willis was born the son of a carpenter in Navarre, Ohio, during the year of our lord, 1983. He took to music at an early age, entertaining relatives by lip-synching to Ricky Skaggs hits at birthday parties in his youth. Inspired by the praises of aunts and uncles forced to clap to his lip-synched vocals on a Fisher-Price sound unit, Willis decided to take his talents to the next level and began guitar lessons in Kindergarten.
It would appear that the support of those family members was well-founded. During his formative years, Willis studied with a slide guitar player and music store owner, who was successful in not only honing his natural talent for guitar picking.
In college, Willis traded in his Fisher Price music box set for a hand-me-down amp and started played White Stripes-inspired blues with fellow students who accompanied on the drums and keytar. Like most songs that feature the keytar, the style soon wore out its welcome, and Willis found himself desiring to play the music of his youth - country.
After making the decision to play country music, Willis moved to Nashville in 2009. He has never looked back. In just four years, he worked with an impressive list of singer/songwriters in town. Those he has written with include Kelly Lovelace, Walker Hayes, Rick Tiger, and Dave Mcafee.
He has also recorded with several Nashville producers including Dave Brainard and Dave McAfee.
These days, Willis can be found playing at the Fiddle and Steel Guitar Bar, where Rascal Flatts and Eric Church first cut their teeth. Watching him play, one could speculate that he’s that same little boy who used to get up and entertain family members with his Fisher-Price ballads -- albeit with a much better sound system.