Matt Rogers is making fans around the world without leaving the 615.
With a weekly residency at Ole Red, the Blake Shelton/Grand Ole Opry joint venture in the heart of Music City, Rogers has reached a growing global audience enamored by his raw, country-at-heart/blues-in-his-soul style of music.
The award-winning songwriter has a stacked tour schedule but said playing for fans from every state and dozens of foreign countries on any given night in Nashville is a completely different experience. Rogers has enjoyed a stage-front seat to the undeniable power of music as a pathway that connects people no matter where they call home.
“Every person in that room is there for the music. And once they get over the shock of seeing me and not Blake Shelton, everyone throws in, and down, for a good time,” grinned Rogers, who is an occasional stand-up comic.
A Georgia native, Rogers comes by his humor and heart naturally. Throughout his career he has created a bond with his listeners through his emotionally gripping lyrics and unmistakable melodies.
Rogers’ self-penned new music is poised to reach an even bigger audience in 2021 since signing with Nashville-based Vere Music, with national distribution partner ADA. His debut single, “Fallout,” about the pain aftermath of heartbreak, and his follow up “Be Like Him,” about not following in someone else’s missteps, are garnering attention with additional music expected throughout the year.
“I am drawn to songs that express the granular emotion of a moment,” said Rogers turning serious. “And ‘Fallout’ is that exact point in time after a relationship blows up and you are still doing an inventory of the carnage before you have any hope of moving on. It is emotional at his core.”
Rogers has been releasing music since moving to Nashville in 2017 including his critically acclaimed sophomore EP, Richest Place On Earth. His single “Peaches and Pecans” from the project pays homage to the Peach State and was a popular anthem at University of Georgia home games at Stanford Stadium during their 2018 standout football season.
In 2019, Rogers’ single “Burn The Boat” made waves when it landed on Buzzfeed’s “Top 10 Hottest Country Summer Jams” alongside songs by Luke Combs and Carrie Underwood. The release followed his third appearance at CMA Fest where he performed on several stages, including Hard Rock and Wildhorse Saloon and signed autographs at the Durango Boots booth inside the popular fan/artist hotspot Fan Fair X.
Rogers still maintains an extensive tour schedule playing venues across the country and sharing the stage with some of country music’s hottest names including Clint Black, Clay Walker, Jake Owen, Cole Swindell, Chris Stapleton, LOCASH, Jimmie Allen, Walker Hayes, Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson, and Michael Ray.
Known for his energetic stage show, Rogers is equally at home in the writers’ room. When he isn’t on the road, Rogers is writing music with some of Nashville’s best tunesmiths.
His song, "Coal," has won several songwriting awards from NSAI/CMT, Music City Songstar, American Songwriter, Songwriting University, and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. He achieved the top award from Music City SongStar for his song, "She Was Everything," as well as a finalist slot in the USA Songwriting Competition. Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI). and CMT selected his song “I Was Raised” for a songwriting achievement award and it went on to be selected by NSAI as a Top 40 song.
Fans and the music industry are taking notice including country music legend TG Sheppard, who opined that Rogers is “the real deal…the total package. A great singer, a great picker, and a great songwriter.”
Rogers has also received recognition from industry tastemakers including Robert K. Oermann, who selected the title track of Matt’s EP, Richest Place On Earth, for Music Row’s DisCovery Award, praising the cut saying, “Extremely well written and sung with fire and conviction. Play this.” And from songwriter/author and radio personality Devon O’Day, who said, “If you don’t know the name Matt Rogers then you need to write it down. He’s going places.”
“Meeting so many people from all over the globe has given me a deeper understanding of what matters and what moves people,” said Rogers. “The way they respond and the support they provide is a deep well I constantly draw from as a performer and writer. They are the fuel.”