Matt Zaddy / Be
Release Date: Nov. 1, 2019
Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Neo-Soul
Produced by Ross Citrullo
Mastered by Joao Carvalho
Songs by Matt Zaddy (MAPL/SOCAN)
With a sound that seamlessly blends folk-rock and modern soul, there’s something for every music fan to love about Toronto singer/songwriter Matt Zaddy. But what’s immediately apparent on his new album Be is a sophistication that dramatically builds on the success of his 2015 debut EP, Perfect Moments.
Indeed, Zaddy’s latest collection of stellar material required a top-notch team to do it justice on tape, starting with producer Ross Citrullo (The Sheepdogs, Julian Taylor Band, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar). From there, a combination of Zaddy’s trusted live band and local session stars created the chemistry that led to the high-energy results that were polished off by Joao Carvalho Mastering.
It’s impossible to ignore the positive vibes that Be radiates upon first listen; from the bluesy opening track “Busy,” to the poignant jangle of “A Dear Friend,” and radio ready “Brighter Days,” Zaddy’s dynamic vocal performances and tight, funky arrangements perfectly complement Be’s stories of life, love, hardship and redemption.
As someone who has shared stages with a diverse array of artists including K’Naan, pop star Francesco Yates, CanRock legends Tom Cochrane and Jim Cuddy, and Australian alt-rockers Atlas Genius, Matt Zaddy’s intention is to connect with as many listeners as possible, regardless of any genre restrictions. Be certainly possesses everything to achieve that goal in a big way, and to place Matt Zaddy squarely in the conversation about Canada’s most promising singer/songwriters.