Watch out ladies. This one's good looking, plays guitar, (plus the piano, natch) and writes some of the most endearing ballads around.
This month, the smooth-sounding newbie—who already had a hit on the Shrek 3 soundtrack—releases his first album, Best Days, and his first video, and his for the title track debuts on VH-1. Filmed in Central Park, the video features an old haunt the New Jersey born and raised hottie and some very famous friends know well: "I used to hang out in Central Park all the time," White says. "I knew The Strokes growing up. We'd see each other in the park, not knowing that we would all want to pursue music later as our careers."
White, who started playing piano at age three and only switched over the guitar when, he likes to tease, he couldn't fit a piano in his dorm room at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and where he first began writing songs. "That's what this album Best Days is mainly about," says the laid-back White of the disc. "Being in college and being young. Not wanting to lose those years. The concept of the album is just those best of days and enjoying that."
Now in New York for five years, the city proves to be an instant source of inspiration for the on-the-verge performer. "New York is the perfect place for any kind of artist because you have the changing of the seasons which are imperative to being any kind of writer, painter or screenwriter," White, an Upper-East-sider, explains. "You need that stimulation and that kind of craziness. For anyone who is creative I think it's a great place to be."
And what else should the hoards of girls who have already declared their love for this Rolling Stone "Artist to Watch" on My Space need to know about the cover-worthy crooner? "I'm a Virgo," laughs White. "I love to eat. I love to read. I love to have my guitar. I love to be by the ocean. I love to be lazy. That's it."
Who knows, with songs about life, love and discovery, someday soon you might just trade in that old Barry White CD for the fresh sound of Matt White. After all, better days are on the way.
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