Matt Wertz is from Liberty, Missouri, but has called Nashville, Tennessee, home for the last seven years. He self-released his debut record, Somedays, in 2001, and followed that up in 2003 with the Ed Cash-produced record Twenty Three Places. The album featured some of the songs that set the tone for the rest of his career—“Everything’s Right,” “Marianne,” “Red Meets Blue,” and “Counting to 100”— songs that are still staples in his set today.
On the heels of the Twenty Three Places release, people started taking notice. Creative Artists Agency got involved booking his shows, Nettwerk took over his management, and a bunch of record labels started knocking down his door. None of the labels felt quite right, so he continued recording and touring independently.
Since the start of his career, Wertz has sold around 75,000 albums, played shows with Ben Folds, Jamie Cullum, and One Republic, as well as headlined sold-out clubs around the country. This was all done as an independent artist at first, but he signed with Universal Republic to record his record Under Summer Sun.
Among the new tracks are “Waiting,” an introspective bedroom song that deals with the fear that I’m “growing old but not quite growing up,” and “Summer Sun,” my best effort at a nostalgic summer love song in the vein of Stevie Wonder musically and Don Henley emotionally. And the rest of the songs will strike a chord with anyone who enjoys soulful, carefree, singer-songwriter pop music.