Weekend: A self-made piano man

NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED singer-songwriter Matt Beilis is the next featured performer for the University of Findlay’s Music Bach’s Concert Series and will perform April 20 in the school’s Alumni Memorial Union. (Photo provided)

Matt Beilis, an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter from New York City, will be the next featured performer for the University of Findlay’s Music Bach’s Concert Series.

He performs Friday, April 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Union’s atrium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Columbia University graduate traded in a lucrative finance career for a gig in a piano store, setting up a YouTube page for covering his favorite songs — just him and a piano, quickly finding an audience of fans and famous folks who loved his take on Top 40 hits.

This landed him a booking agent and well-paid tours at colleges across the country, giving him an opportunity to craft original songs that combine his piano chops and vocal skills with electronic beats and soaring pop hooks.

The lyric video for Matt’s first single, “Dial-Tone,” caught the attention of Ryan Seacrest and his team, who decided to premiere the song exclusively on his website. Beilis’ next music video, “Perfect For Me,” was an emotional piano ballad featured by PeopleMagazine.com, where it was named one of “the most important things on the internet” and has since racked up well over 1 million spins on Spotify.

Through original content and covers of popular songs, Beilis has earned over 35,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel with more than 7 million video views.

He has licensed music to several household names for national advertising campaigns, including Mastercard, Jeep, Honda, Taco Bell, GoPro, Skype, and Victoria’s Secret. His music has also been featured on MTV, VH1, and E! television networks.

His production and co-writing credits include songs with multiplatinum artist Daddy Yankee, Inspectah Deck of Wu-Tang Clan, and Kinetics & One Love (writers of “Airplanes” by B.o.B).

For more information on Beilis, visit www.mattbeilis.com.



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