Guitarist + Pianist
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MATTHEW SHELL is a versatile music producer, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Shell based in Rockville, MD. He specializes in the genres of jazz, rock, R&B, pop, and soul.
Shell’s work on the production for Marcus Johnson’s album FLO CHILL reached #2 on Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Chart in 2009. Later that year he worked as the engineer on O.A.R.’s album RAIN OR SHINE that reached #5 on the Independent Albums Chart and also #7 on the US Alternative Albums Chart. In 2011, his work on GRAMMY® Nominee Carolyn Malachi’s BEAUTIFUL DREAMER was featured on FOX 5 DC Morning News.
In 2012, Shell's album FREEDOM, his collaboration with flautist Trey Eley was launched by the Recording Academy via a Worldwide Exclusive First Listen at GRAMMY.com in 2012.
In 2013, Shell collaborated with GRAMMY® nominated Arun Shenoy on GENESIS, a jazz instrumental that became the lead single on the full-length album, VICTORIOUS. Shell engineered the song IT'S A JUNGLE OUT HERE for 7-time GRAMMY® winner Philip Lawrence (from Bruno Mars's team), as featured on the RIO 2 film soundtrack in 2014.
Shell released his next album SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP: THE DEEPER MEANING in 2015 with the music on the album conceived by Shell over a period of 15 years.
In 2017, Shell released an hour-long jazz opus titled FIRST LIGHT. This complex arrangement features 17 key changes and 20 tempo changes. It was arranged by Shell in a single twelve-hour session, then over the course of a month, vocalist Kenny Wesley and a team of session musicians helped to bring the arrangement to life in an organic way.
Other notable album productions by Shell since then include TOWARDS NEW BEGINNINGS I & II SONGS OF HEALING, CONTEMPLATION, NEW PERSPECTIVE, ELEMENTAL (with Arun Shenoy), and The Groove Project's three most recent albums including VOLUME 2: THE WINDS OF CHANGE which was made into a music film with editor Ken Lasso featuring pianists Jordan Rudess, Fahir Atakoglu, Derek Sherinian, Adam Holzman, and Ed Roth.
Shell has remixed for Selena Gomez, DJ Flexx, and WPGC 95.5, and has produced, engineered, and/or collaborated with GRAMMY® winners Paul Jackson Jr., Jeff Lorber, Sam Barsh, Wouter Kellerman, Ricky Kej, Laura Sullivan, Jim Kimo West, Rocio Marron, and Kabir Sehgal, among others.
Shell has worked with several other artists including 8-time GRAMMY® nominee Gerald Albright, GRAMMY® nominee Greg Adams (from Tower of Power), GRAMMY® nominee Masa Takumi, GRAMMY® nominee Trevor Sewell, Douglas Lira, Nelly's Echo, Art Auré, Substantial, Elijah Harvey, Tiffany Alvord, Molly Moore, VICU, Jawan, Adriel Genet, Michael Peloso, Marisa Frantz, Erik Fredricksen, Melloe D, Angie Nicole, Natalie Jean, Juliet Lyons, Nathan Nasby, Colling Brooks, Drew Oliva Tillman, G.P. Jackson, Javier Starks, Taurus Soul, Danielle Withers, Alexis D'Souza, Jake Elmendorf, Kathy Sanborn, Darrick Atwater, Vahagn Stepanyan, Sami Turunen, Hector Ruano, Glenn Welman, Jonathan Wesley, and Strat Carter, among others.
MATTHEW SHELL'S CREDITS AS A GUEST GUITARIST/MUSICIAN
Masa Takumi - Kaze (feat. Ron Korb, Nadeem Majdalany & Matthew Shell)
Melina - The Magic of Christmas (feat. Matthew Shell & Donna Britton Bukevicz)
Substantial - MLK (Dream Big) 2.0 (Ft. See King & Matthew Shell)
Marcus Johnson - Industrious Passion (ft. Masa Takumu & Matthew Shell)
Marcus Johnson - Latin Funk (feat. Matthew Shell)
Marcus Johnson - Another Planet (feat. Matthew Shell)
Marcus Johnson - Shalom (feat. Matthew Shell)
Michael Peloso - Rewind (feat. Marisa Frantz & Matthew Shell)
Michael Peloso - That Will Be Me (feat. Marisa Frantz & Matthew Shell)
Selena Gomez - Come and Get It (WPGC 95.5 GoGo Remix feat. DJ Flexx, 4DC, and Matthew Shell)
Marcus Johnson - Chillaxin [MTS Remix]
Marcus Johnson - Cherish the Journey [MTS Remix] (feat. Paul Jackson Jr. & Greg Adams)
Marcus Johnson - Fortunate (Future Chill Remix) [ft. Jawan, Masa Takumi, Erik Fredriksen & Matthew Shell]
Marcus Johnson - This Place Hotel (Future Chill Remix) [feat. Erik Fredriksen & Matthew Shell]
Marcus Johnson - Mas Que Nada (Future Chill Remix) [ft. Erik Fredriksen & Matthew Shell]
Molly Moore - Natural Disaster (MTS Remix)
Molly Moore - Natural Disaster (Raveolution & MTS Global Remix) in collaboration with Ricky Kej
ORIGINAL SONG PRODUCTIONS WITH VOCAL ARTISTS
Gabrielle Pisani - In Time (feat. Matthew Shell, Yoed Nir & Vahagn Stepanyan)
Nelly's Echo - Calling For You
Art Aure - Right Now
Art Aure - Good Times
Art Aure - California Sunset
Todos Son Bienvenidos (Presentando a Judy Hunter)
Collin Brooks - Stop, Shut Up
Drew Olivia Tillman - Places
Matthew Shell - Warriors (feat. Collin Brooks, Substantial & Kenny Wesley)
Matthew Shell - My Baby (feat. Art Aure, Honore' & D.C. Don Juan)
Carolyn Malachi - Beautiful Dreamer
Kenny McNeil - Another Way to Get to Heaven
Kenny McNeil - We'll Find A Way
Kenny McNeil - Inspire Me (feat. Alisha Endre)
G.P. Jackson, Javier Starks, Bomani Armah & Rufus Fly - The Moment
Javier Starks & Bella - Alright Now
Taurus Soul - Highest Praise
Danielle Withers & Javier Starks - Believe
VICU - Back To The Future Love
Matthew Shell - Dance Shake (feat. Art Aure & VICU)
Matthew Shell - Crime Never Sleeps (feat. Lonnie Park)
Matthew Shell - Boss Music (feat. Alexis D'Souza and GRAMMY Winners Ricky Kej and Rocio Marron)
Jake Elmendorf - I'm My Own Fan
Kathy Sanborn - Love Will Light The Way
Joseph A. Sealey Jr. - It's A Great Day (ft. Collin Brooks & IhsAn Bilal)
Jake Elmendorf - Not Forgotten
COVER SONG PRODUCTIONS WITH VOCAL ARTISTS
Gabby Nguyen - Love Yourself
Tiffany Alvord - Silent Night
Kenny Wesley - Rock With You
Zane Latta - The Christmas Song
Lana Lubany - Chirstmas To Me
VICU - Not My Type At All
Gabby Pisani - Tidal Wave
Jake Elmendorf - Stay
Matthew Shell's songwriting credits on third party sites:
See below for Masa Takumi's Sakura Billboard Magazine ad.
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