Becky D’s Nashville Blog: Matt Stell

This week Matt Stell has gained my interest. I absolutely love his new song “Moved Everywhere But On”

Matt is a very impressive young man, indeed. He went to college on a basketball scholarship and played 4 years. He is very tall so that shouldn’t be too surprising. After college he worked farming and construction jobs while studying for a master’s degree in communications at the University of Arkansas. A medical mission’s trip to Haiti inspired him to apply to a post-baccalaureate premedical program to complete pre-med coursework not taken as a religion and philosophy major. He applied to Harvard University’s Extension School part-time pre-med program, and he was accepted. But in 2014, shortly before the program would have begun, he had the opportunity to sign a publishing deal with Wide Open Music, and he chose music over starting the part-time pre-med program. Let’s repeat that…he chose music over Harvard?

Music was his passion and in the 2010’s he released independent music and played many gigs. He moved to Nashville in 2014 and signed a publishing deal soon later. He released “I Prayed For You” in 2018 which Rolling Stone Magazine named it one of the “top 10 country songs to hear now”. It reached #36 on the Billboard Charts. Listen to it here:

It caught the attention of CEO of Jive Records and was signed to a record deal in 2018. He went on to open for great artists like Luke Bryan and Eric Church.

Still very new to today’s country air play but I am interested to see how far he will go. Tune into 103.7 The Gator each day to hear more from Matt Stell.


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