About Matthew Ryan Jacobs
Matthew Ryan Jacobs is a musician and songwriter based in Kitchener-Waterloo, ON. He started out playing in rock and alternative bands throughout Ontario in the 2000’s and opened for many notable artists early in his career.
In 2019 he made the move to focus on his solo career, and to create the music he was most passionate about. His first EP was released in 2021 and blends elements of folk, delta blues, soul, and rock, and was quickly followed up with another single “The River” (“This is truly excellent. Love it. Well done.” – Alan Cross on the River).
After releasing several more singles in 2022, and 2023, Matthew is set to release a follow-up EP The Trouble in Me in August of this year. A more mature, honest, and refined version of his songwriting; this release has taken the best elements of his previous work and created a unique blend of folk, soul, and rock.
Matthew has been described as an “Indie-Folk Gem” who offers “sincerity and vulnerability in its natural state brilliantly.”
ABOUT THE EP: The Trouble in Me – released on August 11th
“The EP took a bit of a different approach than my last one. My last EP (Living in Between) had a bit more of a blues influence, and a few tracks that weren’t really single material but added a cool element to the overall EP. With The Trouble in Me I wanted it to be difficult to pick which songs to release, I wanted each one to be able to stand on its own.
There is definitely more folk, and I don’t want to say pop, but pop elements to this one; and that could just be because the songs are better. Lyrically there is a consistent theme of moving on, getting older, and getting over some poorer choices from the past. At points it can very dark, but I think there is plenty of optimism to balance it out. Once again, everything was recorded by Ben Kempel and myself, and mixed by Ben.”
– Matthew Ryan Jacobs
ABOUT THE TITLE TRACK “The Trouble in Me “– released on August 11th
“”The Trouble in Me” is about not fitting in and being ok with that. I think when you’re younger you do things or say things to be “one of the guys”, and I don’t think that is something I ever really wanted. It’s about keeping your individualism and not changing who you are to fit whatever mold people think you should. All wrapped up in happy little soul/folk song. ”
– Matthew Ryan Jacobs
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