How Shell got his start in the music industry
Featured songs include:
Genesis by Matthew Shell & Arun Sheony
Rock With You (feat. Kenny Wesley) by Trey Eley & Matthew Shell
Come And Get It (WPGC 95.5 Exclusive GoGo Remix) by Selena Gomez
My Baby (feat. IhsAn Bilal, Honore' & D.C. Don Juan) by Matthew Shell
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 Selina Gomez, Philip Lawrence from Bruno Mars’ team, Gerald Albright, Paul Jackson Jr., Kenny Wesley, Substantial, Collin Brooks, Tiffany Alvord, Carolyn Malachi, Marcus Johnson, Greg Adams, Jeff Lorber, and platinum selling band O.A.R., among others. Matthew's work on his own jazz albums and for various artists have been featured over 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 and on The Maggie Linton Show on Sirius XM.
Recently, MTS Music Productions team co-wrote and produced 13 year old artist Drew Olivia Tillman's first single "Places" and produced the music video. With this song's growing success, Drew and her family met with record label executives, moved to Los Angeles, CA, and Drew has been featured on Netflix's "Roxanne Roxanne" and on NBC's "This Is Us".
In 2019, Shell worked on production and engineering for iTunes top 10 artist IhsAn Bilal's next album (coming soon), as well as songs for The Groove Project with Grammy Nominated collaborators Arun Shenoy and Lonnie Park, and a Latin gospel pop rock song that Shell co-wrote and produced titled "Todos Son Bienvenidos" (Presentando a Judy Hunter) that speaks to the importance of inclusion and being welcoming of all cultures.
Shell has remixed for Selena Gomez, Molly Moore, DJ Flexx, CBS Radio, and WPGC 95.5, among others.
Shell assistant engineered for Philip Lawrence (GRAMMY winning writer/producer for Bruno Mars) for the song "It's A Jungle Out Here" as featured on the "Rio 2" film soundtrack.
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.
As a freelance audio production engineer, Shell has engineered for O.A.R., remixed for Selena Gomez, Jim Kimo West, and Michael Hoppe, assistant engineered for Philip Lawrence (GRAMMY winner with Bruno Mars), and mixed for Free, Jeff Lorber, Marcus Mitchell, and Ricky Kej (GRAMMY winner), among others.
Shell has produced for several other artists including Kenny Wesley, Kathy Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Marcus Johnson, Greg Adams, Paul Jackson Jr. (GRAMMY winner), Wouter Kellerman (GRAMMY winner), Rocio Marron (GRAMMY winner), Vicu Schek, Lana Lubany, Kenny McNeil, Collin Brooks, Substantial, Sydni Alexander, Jake Elmendorf, Gabby Pisani, Tiffany Alvord, Lana Lubany, Gabby Nguyen, Jeyhan Turker, Rafael the Drummer, D2D, Kolten Perine, Javier Starks, and Trey Eley, among others.
Shell is based in Rockville, MD, as the CEO of MTS Music Productions, a publishing house and production company founded on integrity with the goal to provide the highest quality services and products.
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)
Molly Moore - Natural Disaster (MTS Remix)
Molly Moore - Natural Disaster (Raveolution & MTS Global Remix)
COVER SONG PRODUCTIONS WITH VOCAL ARTISTS
Kenny Wesley - Rock With You
Zane Latta - The Christmas Song
Lana Lubany - Chirstmas To Me
VICU - Not My Type At All
Tiffany Alvord - Silent Night
Gabby Pisani - Tidal Wave
Gabby Nguyen - I Am