Matthew Matsumoto, singer-songwriter and regular performer at Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas, Calif., is releasing his debut solo album to the public on Aug. 27,2012. His album, titled “The Great Unknown,” is a collection of original works as well as contemporary Christian covers. Among the tracks are popular hits such as “How He Loves “ by John Mark McMillan, “Enough” by Chris Tomlin, and “Revelation Song” by Jennie Lee Riddle. Original songs include “Bright Morning Stars,” “Love Will Grow,” and “The Great Unknown.”
“There are a couple tracks on this album that are very close to me,” said Matsumoto. “’Love Will Grow’ is a song
I wrote especially for the people of Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas. It says that, even though there are
circumstances in our lives that continually break us down, we have to find a way to allow love to grow out of
those situations. I think anybody can relate to that regardless of what beliefs or ideals they subscribe to.”
“The Great Unknown” was produced and financed entirely by a parishioner of the San Dimas church. Ralph Torres,
owner of US Promotions Plus, a local marketing company. Torres heard Matsumoto perform several times at
church and felt that his talents should be shared with a broader audience. After a year of consideration, Torres finally approached Matsumoto to express his interest in producing an album.
“There is just something special about his voice that reaches you somewhere deep inside,” said Torres. “Everyone who hears him feels it. I knew that given the right opportunity, he could fulfill his ambitions as a musical performer and recording artist. I decided that I wanted to be the person who would offer him that support.”
The financial backing of Torres and the overwhelming support of the Holy Name of Mary community enabled the creation of the album, an accomplishment that would not have otherwise been attainable for Matsumoto.
“I have had so many opportunities in my musical career that most people don’t get,” said Matsumoto. “I mean, who else has someone come up to them after a performance and say, ‘Hey, you don’t know me, but I want to
pay for you to make an album?’ I realize how unique my situation is, and I am very grateful.”
Matsumoto’s special preview concert for “The Great Unknown” will take place at Holy Name of Mary Church in San Dimas on Aug, 26, 2012 at 7 p.m. The concert will also feature Father Stan Fortuna, a well-known monk
with a unique musical style and entertaining persona.
The album will be available for public sale beginning August 27 at www.matthewmatsumoto.com and available at the special preview on Aug. 26.
Despite his youth, Matsumoto is hardly a newcomer on the music scene. He has been performing locally for five years, most notably at Holy Name of Mary Church, where he directs a contemporary youth ensemble. During his studies at Cal Poly Pomona University, Matsumoto had the opportunity to work with popular artists such as Mike Viola of the Candy Butchers, Nellie McKay of the blockbuster hit “P.S. I Love You,” and Vicki Peterson of popular 80’s band, the Bangles. Two stints during the audition portion of Fox’s American Idol are also important milestones in his musical career.
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