Native American? Paramedic? Musician? Guitarist, singer/songwriter Matthew “Jesus” Miller is all of these, and created the musical project known as “JASPER” as a means to release all of the experiences which he has held onto throughout his many years of working as a paramedic in aboriginal and non aboriginal communities.
Born and raised on the Six Nations reservation in Ontario, Canada, Matthew (Jesus) is of the Hotinoshon:ni Oneida Nation Bear Clan, where he was student of the Kawenni:io Mohawk language Immersion program and never formally learned the English language until the age of 13.
“As a child I was introduced and taught to perform contemporary & traditional music from my family, friends/teachers, who luckily enough took me on their many travels all over North America to perform in concerts and at Hotinonshon:ni social gatherings.”
At the age of 16, he founded the Aboriginal Hard Rock band JESUS MURPHY which found modest success having performed numerous times on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, and played with Canadian acts such as The Trews, Big Sugar, Grady and fellow aboriginal artists such as Derek Miller.
In later years, Matthew (Jesus) choose to pursue post secondary studies in healthcare.
Although a career in emergency medicine may seem a bit out of left field for an aspiring musician, he choose to enter into it as it not only allowed him to help his home community of Six Nations but many other aboriginal communities as well.
Since the completion of his post secondary studies, he has had the privilege of serving as a front line Paramedic for the past 11 years in both aboriginal and non aboriginal communities working for both land and provincial air ambulance services in Ontario, Canada.
“It is in my career as a Paramedic that I became acutely aware of the many struggles that Aboriginal People in Canada experience and live through on a daily basis.”
The band JASPER and the album were created & written as a release of these personal experiences but also for those aboriginal youth/adults with struggles, to let them know they're not alone, and for others to be made aware of it.
In January 2013 JASPER released the acoustic EP "Inglorious" which was captured by acclaimed Canadian Producer/Engineer Nick Blagona.
Lyrically, the album speaks of first hand experiences from the aboriginal perspective with songs such as "Inglorious", but also universally touches the soul with heart wrenching vocals telling stories of lost love with songs like "Why".
In2013 Jasper will be playing numerous shows throughout Canada, as well as a string of shows in Albuquerque, New Mexico during the world’s largest Native American festival known as the Gathering of Nations.