On April 26th, 2019 Matt Williams released his newest single “Rain Down Sunshine” and this is one you won’t be able to help but to jump up and start dancing to this upbeat country classic. This track is full of positive lyrics and a beat that immediately puts a smile on your face. Matt Williams pulls in some help from some of the greats on this track, which include Troy Lancaster (Guitar – Dustin Lynch, Big & Rich, Craig Morgan, Luke Bryan, and more) Wayne Killius (Drums – Colt Ford, Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, and more) Lee Hendricks (Bass – Erich Church) and Robyn Robins (Producer- Original member of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band). Get ready, because Spring is here and Rain Down Sunshine is about to become your new anthem!
Matt Williams is not your typical Country Artist and he has a background that separates him from most artists in the industry right now. Matt is an Army Veteran that served 8 ½ years in Iraq/Afghanistan. During Matt’s last tour, he was wounded by an IED, where he lost two of his best friends and was awarded a Purple Heart for his sustained injuries. Matt was also awarded an Army Commendation Medal of Valor and left the Army as an E/6 Staff Sergeant. Matt Williams truly is a unique and incredible individual who has accomplished a lot in his lifetime and he continues to expand his music career.
After returning from his third and final deployment in 2010, Matt Williams discovered another battle waiting for him here at home. PTSD and depression loomed very near to Matt, as he had been wounded – and two of his best friends were killed – by an IED attack during his last tour in Afghanistan. Things only seemed to intensify when Matt’s father passed just three weeks after he had returned home from the Army. Matt desperately sought an outlet where he could direct his emotion, and he turned back to his roots: MUSIC.
“I began writing the story of my life in the form of songs that I hope other people can relate to in many different ways. I want to tell the world about my life to show that I’m not ashamed of who I am and that no one is perfect. Music, along with God, really can save the soul, and it can influence and impact people in ways that they cannot do for themselves. Music saved my life in more ways than one and I believe that it can help others as well.” – Matt Williams
Matt Williams is a remarkable musician and songwriter that has a passion for music that cannot be explained with words alone. Williams first started his journey as a musician at a very young age. His mother bought him a drum set at only 18 months old. His passion for percussion led him to become one of the top marching snare drummers in high school. Additionally, he spent his spare time learning piano by ear and learning to sing with his church choir. William credits his passion for music as the perfect emotional outlet to heal from the depression and PTSD that has affected him over the course of multiple deployments.
During Williams’ third and final deployment to Afghanistan, his unit was hit directly by an IED attack. Williams himself sustained injuries from the incident, and lost two close friends that day. Williams came home carrying the emotional burden of survivor’s guilt and depression. Williams credits music as his saving grace saying,
“Music saved my life in more ways than one and I believe that it can help others as well.”
Additionally, Williams chose to chronicle his life’s experiences through songwriting saying:
“I began writing the story of my life in the form of songs that I hope other people can relate to in many different ways. I want to tell the world about my life to show that I’m not ashamed of who I am and that no one is perfect”
Williams recently released his debut EP “Back to Me” on July 4th, 2018. Also, Williams boasts an incredible following of over 300,000 followers on his artist page on Facebook. Below is a recent cover of Jason Aldean’s Any Ol’ Barstool.
Army veteran Matt Williams recently released his debut EP “Back to Me” on July 4th. The EP has performed very well since its release. His EP climbed to the #8 on the Country iTunes Charts. With the assistance of Grammy Award Winning producer Chuck Butler, and contributing songwriting expertise of country star Dustin Lynch, Williams delivered 6 tracks with an authentic country sound.
The EP chronicles the challenges in Williams’ personal life, while also including some fun and lighthearted content. Dustin Lynch helped co-write “Lookin’ So Good” an easygoing track that has more of a modern country sound.
“Here’s to You” is an ode to the working man. Williams and Jason Street wrote the song to honor the everyday middle class hero. This song is for those that put the 40 hours in during the week, and then enjoy a few cold ones over the weekend.
The title track of the EP “Back to Me” delivers a slower song that depicts a man’s turmoil with an emotionally distant significant other. The songs “I’d Give a Lifetime” and “Six Feet Under” both have a special meaning for Williams. Especially “Six Feet Under”, which was recorded live for the EP. The last song on the EP is “Country Bar Song” and I will let readers check that one out for themselves.
Overall, I am excited for Williams’ music career after the release of such an amazing debut EP. We will keep an eye on Matt to follow up with touring and more information for future releases.