Born to missionary parents in Barbados, Matt Haeck looked to follow in their footsteps by pursuing a master’s in theology and becoming a pastor. However, while studying at seminary in San Diego, he finally admitted to himself that this was not his path. His personal dream was—and always had been—to be a musician and recording artist.
Matt Haeck’s 2016 debut album Late Bloomer has been met with accolades that befit a veteran of Americana music, PopMatters states ”Late Bloomer is a super confident debut, filled with strong songs and the sound of someone going places in the Americana scene.”
Scrappy, with a genuine, lyrical voice, Matt Haeck sings truths hard-earned from struggles he has experienced first hand. In a voice and a style faintly reminiscent of his musical hero, Hank Williams Sr., Matt writes and sings about struggles in a way that is both transcendent and grounded. No Depression calls Late Bloomer ”an extraordinary album… one of the most articulate outings in recent memory.”
The album, produced by David Mayfield features appearances from Critter Fuqua (Old Crow Medicine Show), Paul Defiglia (The Avett Brothers), Caitlin Rose, Aaron Lee Tasjan and Elizabeth Cook.
Of the live performance, Saving Country Music says, “Few can bring that level of enthusiasm while still holding on to their authenticity. This is not show; it’s a man possessed by the music.” The publication also chose Haeck as one of the top 5 takeaways from the Americana Music Festival in 2016, while AXS touted him as one of the five rising stars of the event.
The songs themselves evoke raw truth through personal confessions and imaginative characters. With a silky Southern drawl, he sings about depression, divorce, battling demons and vices.
Matt Haeck is a natural at translating introspection into universal feelings. Songs like “Tennessee” find him struggling with the power of geography to ripen or kill intimacy while “Couldn’t Say Yes (Till I Learned To Say No)” shows him letting go of control to heal himself for the life and love he desires.
The album, released in the EU in 2017, has been met with similar accolades in that territory, 5 star reviews and charting for two months on the Euro Americana charts.
In 2017 Matt has been touring with a full band throughout the US with select band and solo appearances in Canada.
“…comfortably and completely amongst the finest examples of the genre” Elmore Magazine