Guitarist + Pianist
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Matthew Shell is a versatile music producer, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist specializing in the genres of rock, R&B, pop, soul, and jazz.
Shell's production, mixing, and engineering credits including Arun Shenoy, The Groove Project, Ricky Kej, Wouter Kellerman, Rocio Marron, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Lorber, Philip Lawrence (from Bruno Mars's team for the Rio 2 soundtrack), Adam Holzman, Fahir Atakoglu, Derek Sherinian, Ed Roth, Jordan Rudess (from Dream Theater), Selina Gomez, DJ Flexx, Gerald Albright, Paul Jackson Jr., Kenny Wesley, Substantial, Tiffany Alvord, Carolyn Malachi, Molly Moore, Art Aure, VICU, Marcus Johnson, Greg Adams, and O.A.R., among others. Matthew's work on his own jazz albums and for various artists have been featured 80+ times on TV, radio and in press articles, including three times on the Billboard Top 10 charts, twice featured on GRAMMY.com, and multiple times featured on FOX 5 News DC, WPGC 95.5, WTOP, WPFW 89.3, Trish Hennessey's Hybrid Jazz Radio, The Maggie Linton Show (Sirius XM), and The Tony Kornheizer Show.
Shell’s work on the production for Marcus Johnson’s album "Flo: Chill" reached #7 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 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". The video for "Genesis" was released via Steven Slate's YouTube channel, SlateTV, in a cross-promotion for the Raven MTX control surface.
Shell released his next album "Spiritual Relationship: The Deeper Meaning" in 2015, that saw media coverage from Sirius XM's Maggie Linton, WPFW 89.3 FM's Keanna Faircloth, WPGC 95.5's DJ Flexx, Hybrid Jazz Radio's Trish Hennessey, and more, thanks to the lead single "My Baby" which Shell produced and co-wrote as a gift for his wife. The music on the album was conceived by Shell over a period of 15 years. During this process, over 200 songs were created and scratched before this final version of 11 songs were picked to be recorded and released as part of this project. Shell’s wife, Terra, inspired the completion of this concept album which goes from two destined souls being alone, to meeting, to growing in love, to protecting each other, to finding true love that lasts a lifetime.
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 created by Shell in a single twelve hour session, and has been brought to life on the recording by Vahagn Stepanyan on the piano and upright bass, Kenny Wesley on vocals, Kenny Darby on keys, Curtis McCain on percussion, Nicolas Laget on flute and sax, Yoed Nir on cello, and Shell himself on guitar.
In 2019, Shell vocal engineered iTunes top 10 artist Art Auré's single "Good Times" as well as her full album that's coming soon.
2020-2021 has seen Shell co-producing and songwriting two albums worth of songs with Arun Shenoy for The Groove Project, a jazz group with members from all around the world. The most recent album "Volume 2: The Winds of Change" saw huge growth for the band with 2,400,000+ streams and 4000+ playlist additions on Spotify in 2021.
Shell's newest solo albums "Towards New Beginnings I & II: Songs of Healing" (2020 and 2021) and "Contemplation" (2021) all feature Vahagn Stepanyan on piano, Sami Turunen on guitar, and Douglas Lira on flute, among others. They have a common goal of healing the souls of listeners with soothing live musicianship as the foundation. The singles "Peace from Within", "Morning Bliss", and "Starlight" caught momentum on Spotify with over 300,000 streams and 6000+ playlist additions. These albums collectively have over half a million streams on Spotify in 2021 and the music video "Passion in her Soul" has also flourished on YouTube with 58,000+ views and growing.
ORIGINAL SONG PRODUCTIONS WITH VOCAL ARTISTS
Todos Son Bienvenidos (Presentando a Judy Hunter)
Matthew Shell - Dance Shake (feat. IhsAn Bilal & Vicu Schek)
Drew Olivia Tillman - Places
Matthew Shell - Warriors (feat. Collin Brooks, Substantial & Kenny Wesley)
Collin Brooks - Stop, Shut Up
Matthew Shell - My Baby (feat. IhsAn Bilal, 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 - In The Night
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
Molly Moore - Natural Disaster (MTS Remix)
Molly Moore - Natural Disaster (Raveolution & MTS Global Remix)
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
Gabrielle Pisani - In Time [Single]
Nelly's Echo - Calling For You [Single]
Matthew Shell - Daybreak (feat. Jonathan Wesley) [Single]
Matthew Shell - Journey Into The Soul (feat. Jonathan Wesley) [Single]
Matthew Shell - Contemplation (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan) [Album]
Matthew Shell - Towards New Beginnings (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan & Sami Turunen) [Album]
Matthew Shell - Towards New Beginnings II: Songs of Healing (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan & Sami Turunen) [Album]
The Groove Project - Volume 1: Flights of Fantasy [Album]
The Groove Project - Volume 2: The Winds of Change [Album]
Matthew Shell - Peace From Within (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan & Sami Turunen) [Single]
Matthew Shell - Morning Bliss (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan) [Single]
Matthew Shell - Starlight (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan) [Single]
Matthew Shell - Poetry In Me (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan) [Single]
Matthew Shell - Tranquility (feat. Vahagn Stepanyan) [Single]
Matthew Shell - Midnight Sky (feat. Milana Zilnik) [Single]
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