"Stunning. A marquee mainstream artist is born." - Billboard Magazine
WINNER! Two 2012 OutMusic Awards!
ALBUM OF THE YEAR & SINGLE OF THE YEAR!
Matt began his career at 12 years old starring in national commercials and, subsequently, his career led him to Broadway where, still just a teenager, he made his Broadway debut. He has appeared in numerous shows including Chicago, A Chorus Line and Cats, and has played the title roles in both Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Who’s Tommy on Broadway. He has also has the pleasure of performing with Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams, Brandy and Usher.
Matt’s passion for songwriting resulted in his first solo album, “Debut,” which was released in 2002 and featured the dance hit, “You Always Want (what u ain’t got)” and “Say Goodbye”; which is also featured on the all-star Human Rights Campaign (HRC) benefit CD, “Being Out Rocks.”
Matt’s second album, “Here I Am” was named one of Billboard magazine’s “Critics Top 10” picks for 2008. The title track was also a Top 20 finalist in American Idol's Songwriter Competition.
In 2011, Matt released his most personal album to date, "Change Begins With Me". Critics alike have embraced Zarley’s “Change Begins with Me” with rave reviews: “A sexy collection of swoon-worthy songs” (The Advocate); “…our idea of perfect” (Instinct); “Soulful and inspiring” (Out Q on Sirius XM); “Inspirational!” (Washington Blade); “Definitely worth listening to!” (Huffington Post); “Painful, raw, and unequivocal” (Windy City Times); and “Emotionally charged!” (Homorazzi). Pop icon Boy George hails "nice chops!" and Erasure's Andy Bell praises "Absolutely beautiful voice...stunning...really, really brilliant."
His music videos have created quite the stir on various digital outlets. His last video and fourth consecutive Billboard single, “Trust Me,” which was released before Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, proved very timely and hugely popular. It received approximately 150,000 views on YouTube in its first month, as well as spending this summer on the Billboard and UK dance charts. In the video, he asks “Is America ready for an openly gay president?” In 2011, Zarley’s music video, “WTF,” which also received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and other online media outlets, received a similar buzz and spent last summer on the Billboard dance chart. The 7th Heaven remix of the title track just hit #1 on the EuroChart in October 2012.
Zarley is also an internationally published songwriter and has had numerous songs recorded and released overseas by some of the biggest names in international music. Matt's music has been licensed and can be heard throughout retail outlets, gyms, and other business destinations.
In addition, Matt has the distinction of being named the first openly gay bachelor in People Magazine’s “Hottest Bachelors” issue in 2002 – opening the door for other openly gay men to be featured in the mainstream publication.
“Change Begins With Me” is currently available on iTunes and other digital outlets, along with his full music and video catalog. For more information about Matt’s music and live performance schedule, visit www.MattZarley.com or follow Matt on Twitter and Facebook @mattzarley.