Imagine the rush of performing your new single to more than 80,000 country music fans… Ohio native Matt VanFossen doesn’t have to imagine, because this is his new reality….
With the release of his new EP, “BOOM”, VanFossen is taking his career to exciting new levels. The hard driving title track recently won West Virginia-based radio station 97.9 WKKW’s fan-voted “Smackdown” for the maximum of five days straight, beating out new singles from established Nashville recording artists.
The success of the album earned VanFossen performances at Nashville’s legendary Douglas Corner Café, 12th & Porter, Music City Bar & Grill and the Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar; all renowned venues for both emerging and established songwriters/performers.
“It was a surreal experience to be in a room full of tourists and peers in Nashville. Then, to be singing my music in-the-round with other artists was unbelievable,” he says. “To have all the talent there recognize me for my voice was just killer”.
VanFossen has shared the stage with national recording artists including David Nail, Craig Campbell, Brooks & Dunn, and more. In 2013, he became one of the main stage artists at the Ohio-based ‘Jamboree in the Hills’ festival. Since then, he has opened up for the likes of Neal McCoy, Tim McGraw, and The Oak Ridge Boys.
The newly released “BOOM” EP aims to cement his status as a hit-maker with a voice that grabs your attention and refuses to let go. The EP was produced by well known Producer/Musician Mike Ofca at Innovation Studios in Steubenville, Ohio.
“BOOM” is available at all digital outlets and is distributed by TuneCore.
The EP follows the breakout success of 2012’s full-length “I Didn’t Come Here to Lose.” Two singles from the album (“Almost Stopped Dreaming” and “This Time Around”) managed to break the Top 100 on the Mediabase country charts. A third single, “A Woman’s Words,” was listed as one of the Top 25 fan-voted songs on Nashville-based Internet radio station NIXA.
The artist released his first album in 2009 and had a regional hit with “Time Ain’t What It Used To Be.” The song made it to #76 on Wheeling, W. Va. based radio station WOVK’s 2010 year end countdown and he was named the second most played local artist. Station manager Jim Elliott declared, “Remember this man’s name because you’ll be hearing a lot more of it in the future.”
Tragedy struck just as his career began to take off when, Matt’s beloved mother, Dot passed away suddenly due to a stroke. Her death was jolting and almost caused him to give up on his dreams. He recalls feeling broken after leaving the hospital and contemplating the end to his career. “…But then I turned on the radio and my song was playing. I knew in my heart that it was a sign from Mom to keep doing this,” he says.
Fast forward to 2014 and VanFossen is revisiting his signature song with a newly recorded version created especially for “BOOM.” He calls the track the centerpiece of his music.
“It was the first song that I had on the radio and the only song my mom and I heard on the radio together. It’s a timeless song. I feel like every step of the way, it becomes more of my signature song,” he says. “Now’s the time to bring a song like this into the world. Everybody’s reminiscing about when life was simple. It’s a way of remembering your innocence.”
Whether he’s performing a hard driving rocker such as “BOOM” or a heartbreaking ballad like “Get To You,” VanFossen’s live shows are not to be missed. His voice is often compared to artists such as Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts, and Blake Shelton. Not bad company for an entertainer who continues to forge his own path as an independent artist.
“I want people to know that I am a genuine, driven and hard working artist that cares about the music and fans. I’m passionate about my music. I don’t know what my life would be without it.”