He literally taught himself to play piano, 5 years ago. His performances on Ellen, Regis and Philbin, and Accesss Hollywood showcase his talent better than almost anything he did on AI. He has stated that "You Found Me" is about being pissed off at God. r24, Adam, Matt, and Danny all strike me as completely hetero, the jury is still out on Scott though. The first line of the song he sang was "I found God...
That rendition also appears on Anna’s latest cd project, ‘Countrypolitan Duets’ which also features singers like Keith Urban and Billy Dean.
Matt’s soulful vocals also caught the attention of Jim Brickman, and Matt was the vocalist on ‘Thank You’, Brickman’s 2010 single that reached #16 on the Hot AC and AC charts.
While playing a private event in Los Angeles that was put together by Idol creator Simon Fuller, he was discovered by vocalist Anna Wilson.
Anna flew Matt to Nashville to record a duet of the country classic ‘You Don’t Know Me’, which was released on i-tunes and quickly rose to #1 on the i-tunes Jazz chart.
Believe it or not, Matt didn’t play the piano until he got to WMU and found a piano in the lobby of his dorm.
During his stint at WMU, he put together the ‘Giraud – Mattei’ project, which won a Downbeat Magazine Award for ‘Outstanding College Performance, Blues/Pop/Rock Group’.
He was asked by a friend to come along for moral support, and decided as long as he was there he may as well audition.
Several stellar performances led him to the top 11, where he was eliminated in the voting but stayed on as a result of the first ever judges’ save.
He eventually finished 5th, and his soulful performance of ‘My Funny Valentine’ led to outstanding reviews from Simon Cowell.
On the subsequent national American Idol Live tour Matt received rave reviews, and more than one reviewer wrote that he stole the show.
With his new repertoire Matt was able to then get a job as a piano player in a dueling piano bar.