Matt Newton grew up in Washington, Indiana on thirty acres of farmland. At the age of seven his mother noticed that he had good pitch and started teaching him to sing harmony with her at the piano.
Matt became lead singer of the rock band, Anarchy at age 17. After performing all over the U.S. in various performance venues, Matt performed in Okinawa, Japan at a five star hotel in 1996. Then he moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a record deal. Newton was hired at Opryland USA and started performing in various shows at the nationally known theme park, including Dick Clark’s American Bandstand Classics. In 1998, Matt won the coveted role of portraying Phil Everly in Bye Bye Love, The Everly Brothers musical at the famed Ryman Auditorium. Soon Matt was performing on the Grand Ole Opry, opening for the Everly Brothers and Tim McGraw. This got the attention of record labels and in 1999, Matt Newton was signed as part of a Music City duo.
In June of this year Matt Newton signed a recording contract with award winning ASCAP Nashville, Tennessee company, Clinetel Music. Matt recorded a new winter/Christmas holiday song, Catch A Snowflake written by Nashville hit songwriter, Thornton Cline. It will be a single release to radio worldwide in November.
The song effortlessly flew out of Cline.
“It hadn’t snowed all year. Everyone was hoping for at least one good snowfall.” Cline said.
But, one day in late March while Cline was teaching a private music class at a school in Nashville, it decided to snow.
“The bell rang and as the students were changing classes I walked outside the building. Suddenly, large snowflakes were falling down all around me!” Cline exclaimed.
“I felt the magic of that moment when the children forgot about school and just wanted to play in the snow,” Cline marveled.
“That is when the words and melody poured out of me in less than 10 minutes!” Cline said.
Dove and Grammy nominated writer, Thornton Cline has been recognized as “Songwriter of the Year” twice in a row by the Tennessee Songwriters Association. He has had over 150 major and independent recordings by Engelbert Humperdinck, Gloria Gaynor, Tammy Trent, Mark Chestnut, Tim Murphy, The Manhattans, Ray Peterson and Billy and Sarah Gaines.
Matt Newton performs on the General Jackson Showboat in Nashville five nights a week and continues to be an in-demand session singer in Nashville. Matt was recently featured as William Malachi (the gun-slinger bad guy) in the theatrical film release of The Debacle (see TheDebacle.com)
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