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by Jennifer Matthews

I wrote this song soon after the Tsunami happened in 2011 in Japan. My heart went out to all of the people who were separated from their loved ones and did not know if they were dead or alive. I tried to put myself in their shoes, and when I did, I thought that if I was pulled out to sea, I would want to float on the song of my loved ones heart. It is also an ode to nature, and the effects of Global Warming.
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Songstress Jennifer Matthews is a noted, award winning roots rock singer/songwriter with a mesmerizing voice and a gorgeous lyrical style. Her songs have been described as melodic, catchy and original.

Jennifer is a prolific singer/songwriter and has released 7 records, a live DVD recorded 2009 in Rome, Italy, a poetry book that is archived at Harvard University and an international touring schedule that has encompassed the U.S., Japan, Korea, Italy, Switzerland, England and Alaska gaining her the reputation as being an artist whose music and performance are unforgettable.

Matthews studied vocal performance at the University of Colorado in Boulder and at Denver's School of Music. While in Colorado, she established herself as a solo artist, performing in local bars and coffeehouses. During this period she developed her unique vocal style and her songs gained recognition, leading to several awards from the Rocky Mountain Music Association. This also led to an invitation for Jennifer to bring her band and her music overseas to perform for the U.S. troops stationed in Asia.

Jennifer received an acknowledgement award from Billboard Music Magazine stating that she is writing at a high level as a songwriter and compared her song ‘The Wheel’ as an example of what great songs are made of. Her 2005 CD, ‘The Wheel’, was picked up by ACM Records in New York City and received international distribution. Metronome Music Magazine placed "The Wheel" in their Top 15 picks of the year for 2005 right along with guitar god Eric Johnson and Elvin Bishop... they wrote... "Jennifer Matthews is sassy, sexy, edgy and above all, talented! Jennifer Matthews rocked the scene with her album The Wheel!"

Jennifer’s licensing credits include: ‘Brother’ placed in ‘Spy the Movie’, ‘Lemon Peels and Tangerines’… recently placed on the CW Hit TV Series Gossip Girl, ‘Digital Jargon’ on E ! News Live and ‘Raise the Radio’ on the compilation ‘Female Revolution’ (ACM records, NY).

Her new CD, ‘Tales of a Salty Sweetheart’, is slated for an early fall 2013 release. It is a real acoustic rock gem.

Jennifer has worked with a well of talent over the years including: Producer & RCA recording artist Marc Copely, Producer/Engineer Chris Anderson (Jewel, Joan Osborn), Producer/Engineer Brian Brown (Natalie Merchant, Juliana Hatfield), Bassist from 'The Band'' Rob Leon, NYC drummer/tabla player Rohin Khemani, Treehouse Producer/Engineer Robert Kirk (Alison Kraus, Marcy Playground), Engineer/Producer Roger Lavalle, Boston's Jeff Robinson Trio & electric guitarist Russell Chudnofsky, Drummer Larry Ciancia (Fiona Apple, Ray LaMontagne, Ben Taylor), NYC Drummer Steve Williams (Sade, David Byrne, Da La Soul, Ivan Neville), percussionist Marcel Ozain and cellist Robert Rivera.


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Doug Holder

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My advice--don't listen to Jennifer Matthews while you are driving, operating heavy machinery,-or before you are going to teach a class or make a presentation. Her music intoxicates you--and her lyricism is an eloquent distraction. Jennifer has always told me that her music will bring you on a journey--and indeed it does-an ethereal voyage -- accompanied by a haunting voice of a master singer, and that of an evocative, enigmatic poet.--Doug Holder Professor of Creative Writing--Endicott College