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Amazing. Our guest today on Gulf Coast Live is Southwest Florida’s singer-songwriter Matt Walden . That was his song Yellow Rose and our , that’s one of your your newer singles that just came out earlier this year if anyway . Yes and beautiful song and think you get their vocals are just so smooth over any formal vocal training in your past .
Not at all and I know they could probably hear it on the radio. They’re like , oh , I want to say I’m not really one for are like little making making you feel like feel bad for me but I did wake up for break before the Senate , you , so I’m sorry if my is , this is not about I keep having to clear it , I apologize if it was right .
I call tell us about how you first started performing like once you you know just small informal groups of friends open mic nights that kind of thing.
Chair. I mean , that’s a great question , so I got involved . Back in Britain is my hometown , actually I’m from Brent Florida , I’m sorry 2h north and there’s this foundation that I get involved with called the Dell couch Music Education Foundation and pretty much he gave us studio time and helped us learn like all about studios and things of that nature and he kind of started us to do like little concerts and in festivals and foundation events around town . And so , between that and like I I played at school talent shows and and things like that which it never went over well don’t give me right I trust me , it just , it was not . It was not pretty . It was not good . So like if you’re listening to this , and you’re an aspiring artist it starts Roth . But if you keep doing it will get better . I promise but but yeah anything really bad happen it’s Howard Shore you would you know I just saw videos recently . So , so I was like , oh God that that did happen didn’t it ourselves . Yeah , no , it was , I was like the kid the long hand in the nice like like surfer necklace a hard it was Sears and I don’t spread the yeah it’s so he he got us out there , we started to , you know , make music through his foundation started writing and he was there and shows and things of that nature and Sam Woolf . I don’t know if you know that is he was on American Idol . A few seasons ago . Okay . Friend of mine , and he’s a really talented writer , that’s for sure , but he had a couple of shows right after Idol had aired and I remember one of them I opened and it was it was a nightmare don’t Donna me now . It was like it was the worst thing I got out there is like I’m going to sing a song . I know what I’m listening . I forgot all the words and I got so embarrassed that walked off stage .
Yeah , I was like I’m going well , that kind of leads into my next question. You know I was reading an ice right if you had a while back at the Naples Daily News and and you kind of touched on that that you know the sense of anxiety that you used to have a getting onto a stage . But yeah , I guess , how did you tackle that because I’ve seen you perform and that’s clearly not the case now .
Thanks. No , actually the show you somebody perform I was still really nervous . Okay . Yes , so it’s it’s kind of I I think of it as an ongoing fight kinda with myself and I have all of these audience members like people that are supporting me to get through this fight so it’s it’s kind of a weird image for someone . The picture , but I’m pretty much I’m battling my anxiety and I’m battling that particular show in order for me to give you the best show that you could possibly see . So it’s kind of like a change for me cause initially I used to go out there and I was like anxiety we kinda take over and state fright and things of that nature . And now I go up there and I’m like , I’m going to give them the best thing they’ve ever seen , and it’s going to take a lot out of me , but I do it because I want to , and I know people need it Nassau .
All right. Quit attitude , they said , just wake up in the morning poop pants on one leg at a time , just like everybody else , well , let’s go ahead and here another to know them , I can tell us what we’re going to hear mount .
I that’s , it’s a good question. So are you in the mood for something a little more poppy slower well what’s pick it up , but I think it up a little bit because I that’s that’s that’s the thing I read a lot of I can agree with you . Upbeat ones going around a lot , a slur on .
This one I am one of the first ones I do with the College Music Foundation. It’s called flip the script and just kind of like an angry song , but I mean I mash it up a couple pop songs we’ll see cars . Okay , I will .
I was no common up with something new. But when a girl like you came into my team into and I , not a big either but you changed it up somehow with them are supposed to do .
We , if they have the script changed that the game ever seen some that’s you , things just haven’t been the saying the bearded babies song. You’ve got to realize what you do to me .
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