“Matt Backer is one of those artists that you'll probably never have heard ‘of”, but will have certainly heard.”
© Joe Cushley
Matt Backer was born in New Orleans, and was educated in Venezuela, Belgium, the US and the UK, and lives beyond his means with his wife and children in North London.
Artistes he has worked with include Joe Cocker, Peter Bruntnell, Aimee Mann,The Beautiful South, Aquarium, Harry Hill, ABC, Marcella Detroit, Chage & Ashka, Tamaki Mori, Julian Lennon, Tomoko Tane, Sinead O'Connor, Matthew Sweet, Cher, Swing Out Sister, including their latest album released on EMI "Where Our Love Grows", Hollywood Beyond, Frances Ruffelle, Elton John, Steve Coogan, Mindy McReady, Donny Osmond, Steve Earle, Shirley Bassey, Suzanne Rhatigan, Ed Ball, Sarah Jane Morris, Johnson, Mica Paris, David McAlmont, Alan Partridge, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Alice Cooper, Bob Geldof, Emmylou Harris, Duncan Thickett, Kate St.John, David Arnold, Stiff Little Fingers, S Club 7, Lulu, Pauline Calf, Kevin Rowland, Michael Ball, Tony Ferrino, Steve Winwood, Edwin Starr, Andy Williams, Geno Washington, Russell Watson, Paul Young, Linda Lewis, Mari Wilson, Chris Thompson, Martina Topley Bird, Madeleine Bell....just to name a few..!
He additionally composes production music that has featured in adverts for Kellog's, Grolsch, Carlsberg and Bass. Soundtrack music has appeared on "Buffy The Vampire Slayer", "The West Wing"and "Third Rock From The Sun" as well as countless other programmes worldwide. His first foray into the printed word will be published shortly. He wrote the chapter on Blues guitar for the Cambridge Companion to Gospel and Blues.
Matt Backer's third solo album, "Idle Hands", has just been released and is now available through iTunes, Amazon or through RightRecordings. The first single of the album is a duet with Matt's good friend/colleague Julian Lennon and it has hit the top 10 of many American charts!
As Matt says: 'It's an interesting new thing for me to be out there playing my own music and being the one being interviewed'.
Matt Backer is available for solo (acoustic) and full band performances.