Influenced by the soul of Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Elton John and the sensitive storytelling of artists like James Taylor and Carole King, MATIA was captivated by music at the age of six. By 14 she was gigging on a professional level, appearing in such prestigious places such as the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.,. Then, serious illness led her down a different road and a long detour away from her music. Voiceless and challenged with a severe condition, Matia struggled for her life but grew stronger, deeper and wiser in the process.
After healing herself through education and hard work, and dedicating many years to educating and healing others, she has re emerged as a serious singer/songwriter, sharing her musical gifts with the help of veteran composer/guitarist/producer, Kenny Mazur, who played and recorded with such diverse artists as Robert Palmer ,Tina Turner., the O Jays and the Paul Winter Consort and has been composing for television for many years.
Blind, Matia's debut album, merged the heart of blues with the wordsmith ways of Country, and the soul of gospel in a purely American style. The result is an album that forges its own genre. Blind takes the listener on a musical excursion of colorful and connected sounds.
A video of the song When I Can't Speak was released with this album..
MATIA and Mazur launched their live band in the Summer of 2016, bringing the songs of Blind to the stage of Brittfest 2016. The following year, they appeared at Country Crossings while working on a second album back in LA . Her exciting second album, There Is Love has just been released and her band is now gigging throughout SOCAL at clubs like the House of Blues, the Peppermint and the Study.
A second video featuring There Is Love, is set for release this week. (April 21. 2019).
Although a new artist on the scene, her fascinating life story, her songwriting, her voice and her powerhouse band , combine to make MATIA an artist that should not be missed.