Matt Rollings was born in Bridgeport Ct. in 1964. Moving to Chicago in 1971 he began, at the age of nine, studying piano with renowned music educator Alan Swain. Early influences include Ramsey Lewis and Oscar Peterson, as well as Elton John and The Beatles. He went to high school in Phoenix, Arizona where he was a member of the prestigious Young Sounds Jazz Orchestra. Matt went on to attend The Berklee College Of Music in Boston and moved to Nashville in 1986 to try his hand at being a session player.
In the two decades since, Matt has become one of the most sought after session and touring musicians in the US. With well over 500 credits, Matt can be heard on recordings by Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, The Chieftans, Mark Knopfler, Sheryl Crow, Bob Seger, Graham Nash, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Larry Carlton, Ronan Keating, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Johnny Cash to name only a few. He also has produced records for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Edwin McCain, Keith Urban, Llama, Stacie Orrico, and Lyle Lovett and has had his own songs recorded by Bette Midler, Lyle Lovett, Keith Urban, Melissa Manchester, Edwin McCain, and Suzy Bogguss.
In 1990 Matt released a Jazz Recording on MCA Records entitled “Balconies” featuring John Pattituci and the late, great Carlos Vega. Matt is a 7 time CMA Musician of the Year nominee, a 7 time ACM Keyboardist of the Year winner and an original member of Lyle Lovett’s Large Band.
The 2005 Shangri-La
tour marks Matt’s accordion debut.
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