Matt Backer is a leading guitarist and songwriter, having performed and toured with an array of artists including Laura Mvula, Emilia Mitiku, Aimee Mann, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Kim Wilde, Swing Out Sister, Elton John, Cher, Bananarama, Joe Cocker and Alice Cooper, amongst others.
Matt has toured the world with artists including Belinda Carlisle, ABC (with whom he sold out the Royal Albert Hall performing an orchestral version of their seminal Lexicon Of Love album) and Rumer, on whose double platinum debut Seasons Of My Soul he performed, as well as its follow up Boys Donʼt Cry. He opened for ABC, & played lead guitar with the band, on their recent tour of the USA.
In addition, Matt has composed music featured in hit television series’ such as NCIS, Law and Order and Date My Mom, films like Domino and Horton Hears A Who, and adverts for household brands including Carlsberg, McDonaldʼs and Chrysler.
Matt’s debut solo album, The Impulse Man, resulted in two US Independent Music Network Number 1 singles and won Best Adult Contemporary Newcomer at the New Music Awards in Los Angeles. Mojo described the album as having ‘the chunkiest riffs and licks you wish youʼd learned to play wrapped around songs reeling with fat choruses and wry humour.’
His second solo album, Idle Hands, earned him Favourite International Artist at the Independent Music Network Awards 2013. Matt was also nominated for Favourite Group/Duo, along with collaborative partner Julian Lennon, who co-wrote, produced, and shared lead vocals on the anthemic single All That Youʼve Wanted. The track was play-listed at radio stations across the USA, and reached Number 1 on several Independent Music Network charts. Martin Fry took time out from his position as ABCʼs inspired frontman to duet on the track Halfway To Jessica. The single Let’s Art, was played on UK radio stations nationwide, including BBC Radio 2.
Matt’s latest Blues album Get Backer is produced by Matt and his long-time collaborator Ian Shaw (Nick Heyward, Julian Cope). The album features special guests including former Shakespear’s Sister Marcella Detroit, Peter Cox (lead singer of Go West), US Blues legend Bill Blue and world-renowned Blues harmonica player, Adam Gussow.