Raised in Longview, TX, Monte Pittman made the bold decision at only 24 to move to L.A. to pursue a career as a professional musician. Upon arriving in LA, he worked at a local Guitar Center. Realizing he was better at teaching than selling, he left to start providing guitar lessons.
As fate would have it, his third student ended up being British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, who had just received a guitar from his girlfriend, Madonna. Monte was then introduced to her, and became her guitar teacher. A month later, Monte was invited to join Madonna on stage at the David Letterman Show. He has since supported her on five world tours, starting with 2001’s Drowned World Tour, and shares writing credits on a number of her songs.
Monte has also played guitar and bass for industrial rock band Prong, and is credited with co-writing songs on 2003’s Scorpio Rising and co-writing/co-producing 2007’s Power of the Damager. Monte has also been the lead guitarist and music director for Adam Lambert, and toured on the Glam Nation Tour in 2010.
In November 2009, Monte released his debut acoustic album, The Deepest Dark, which skyrocketed to No. 1 on CDBaby.com’s Best-Selling Acoustic Albums list, and No. 9 in the Top 10 Best-Selling CDs.
Following his historic Kickstarter campaign, which raised a staggering $65,500 and made him the top funded rock artist on Kickstarter, he released 2011’s critically acclaimed Pain, Love & Destiny, which in its first week made it to No. 1 Rock Album, No. 1 Pop Album, and onto the Top 10 Albums chart. It also cracked iTunes’ Top 200 within its first week, making it the only album by an independent artist to have done so.
It has been hailed by ROCK iKON as “a real treat from a highly talented and gifted guitar genius,” and a “rock album classic” by The Ripple Effect.
In 2012, Jarrell Guitars honored Pittman with his very own signature guitar series, with which he performed at the 2012 Super Bowl alongside Madonna; and at the 2012 Artists In Music Awards, where he was honored with an award for Best Solo Artist, in addition to being nominated in four other categories. He has also recently been honored with a Career Achievement Award from the Hollywood F.A.M.E. Awards, and was nominated by the Los Angeles Music Awards for Best Male Singer/Songwriter; for Best Modern Rock Album and Best Independent Album by Melodic.net; and by Guitar Planet, which has inducted his new signature Jarrell guitar into its Hall of Fame, along with being up for Guitar Planet’s Guitar of the Year Award.
He is currently gearing up to release Part 1 of his next album, M.P.3: The Power Of Three, which will be released in three parts over the next year, starting in November. The first part will be acoustic, followed by metal, and then a blues EP. The first EP was recorded in one day with famed Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer Flemming Rasmussen, best known for his work with Metallica, Cat Stevens and Morbid Angel.