“My philosophy about music has three facets: Mastery, innovation, and service. Mastery is the craft. It’s what I know how to do. Innovation involves the chances and risks I’m willing to take. Service is self-explanatory. Everything I do has to be in this spirit. If I’m producing or playing, I’m in service of the artist I’m working with. My job is to lift them up. If I’m an artist, my job is, ultimately, to be in service of the audience.”
On stage playing piano, behind the board producing, or alongside an artist writing songs, Matt Rollings staunchly subscribes to a philosophy that powers all aspects of his creativity and has led him to become a multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, pianist, and songwriter.
The sought-after piano virtuoso’s performance discography spans thousands of recordings. These range from Allison Krauss and Vince Gill, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Johnny Cash, The War and Treaty, and from Queen to Metallica, Tim Pierce, The Dixie Chicks, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Mavis Staples, Sheryl Crow, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson and Ramblin' Jack Elliott and even the Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
In the producer’s chair, Matt uses his innovative approach to great effect. His work has been met both with critical acclaim and commercial success, with credits including Willie Nelson’s two most recent GRAMMY®-winning albums Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin, and My Way: Willie Nelson Sings Sinatra, Mary Chapin Carpenter’s GRAMMY®-nominated The Age of Miracles, Keith Urban’s multi-platinum self-titled breakthrough opus, and the Edwin McCain Band’s multi-platinum Misguided Roses.
In the end, Matt’s devotion to mastery, innovation, and service makes for an enduring connection with each show and song.
“My life in music is really a mosaic of sorts, As a musician, I sit at the piano and try to coax beauty out of wood and wire, as a producer I join with singer and song to help make something bigger than both, and as an arranger, I look for some hidden truth in the music, a path of more or less.
“To me, music is all about feeling, Yes, it involves craft and intellect, but it ultimately has to have feeling. That’s how I communicate to the world. It comes down to authenticity.”
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