Matt Alber is a full-time independent singer-songwriter and portrait photographer living in San Francisco. He has written and produced four solo albums and was recently selected as an official musical ambassador of the United States to Russia, Hungary & Kosovo.
He first began singing as a young soprano in the St. Louis Children’s Choirs under the direction of Ms. Ethelyn Sparfeld. Following nine years of world touring with the choirs he attended university to study ensemble singing, solo voice, piano and composition. His studies also yielded a remarkable discovery—the great art songs of Claude Debussy, Franz Schubert, and The Indigo Girls.
Upon graduation, San Francisco opened its golden gates to Mr. Alber when he was invited by friend and mentor Craig Hella Johnson to join the classical men’s ensemble Chanticleer. He toured with the gentlemen as a counter tenor and gospel soloist for five years giving roughly 750 concerts worldwide. He also recorded seven albums with the group for Warner Classics, two of which were awarded the Grammy® for Best Small Ensemble.
In 2005, Mr. Alber shifted focus from choral singing to songwriting thanks to a chance meeting with producer & co-writer Jeff Crerie. The two began meeting regularly at his home studio overlooking The Castro producing what would become his first collection of solo songs, Nonchalant. The album caught the attention of Rosie Lopez at Tommy Boy Records in New York and he was quickly signed as the first artist to their new label for gay and lesbian artists.
Sensing a sea change was due, Mr. Alber relocated to Los Angeles where he began playing the city’s legendary listening rooms. He found work as an after-school musical theater teacher and as a celebrity wedding singer in Beverly Hills. He became close friends with director Robin Scovill who fearlessly spearheaded a Mad Men-inspired music video for his song End Of The World. MTV’s Logo Channel premiered the video which starred a 1960′s crooner and a handsome businessman who find love in a barbershop. The song quickly became a beloved anthem in the gay community and upon completion of his recording contract, Mr. Alber began touring independently throughout the States and the U.K.
Mr. Alber is joined this evening by two very special guests: New York’s own Celisse Henderson, and from Los Angeles, his brother Bryce (aka Lou Jane.) Tonight’s program features specially commissioned string arrangements of songs both original and borrowed, including selections from his latest album Wind Sand Stars and a special world premier dedicated to the people of New York City. mattalber.com