Matt James, from the Mattagami First Nations near Timmins, Ontario, started playing music at a very early age with encouragement from his Grandma Naveau. She told him, “Matthew, you go and share that beautiful voice. That is your gift from the Creator.”
As a songwriter, Matt has composed more than 200 songs, some of which have been published and recorded by groups such as the Wells Family, and his song “Before You Leave Here” recorded by Circa Blue from the state of Virginia.
Matt is an award-winning bass player with the Sudbury-based Canuky Blue Grass Boys. In 2018, at the age of 31, Matt embarked on a solo career and recorded his first album of eight songs in Nashville Tennessee with assistance and encouragement from his best friend and fellow musician Lee D. Roy.
Just as Matt was ready to leave for Nashville, his father suddenly passed away. He dedicated the album’s first single, “A Miner’s Prayer” to his late father. Matt recalled listening to his dad describe his work as a miner, and all the dangers involved, and that he always prayed that he would return home safe and see his family again.
Following the CD launch, Matt teamed up with Juno Award-winning artist Lawrence Martin (Wapistan) who now handles the booking and strategic planning for the next phase of his musical adventure. And he hopes that audiences everywhere will share in this musical journey.
- 2019 Best Country Album for A Miner's Prayer
A Miner's Prayer
"Already Gone" from A Miner's Prayer
"Sweet Surrender" from A Miner's Prayer