Rise, Matt Rogers', first solo album is an uplifting spiritual selection of classic gospel favorites such as Hallelujah, Amazing Grace, and Be Thou My Vision. This is the first in a solo collection of albums coming out this year that fuse the rich musical traditions of Celtic and Bluegrass.
Matt has been playing the Chapman Stick® since 1995. In the early days as a soloist, he played a number of society events; including parties, weddings, country clubs, and private functions. It was during this time Matt was finding his style on the Chapman Stick; settling into his sound and recording his first original compositions.
In 2006, he formed the Concept Duo Heartstrings with Mark White, creating their trademark lush, interwoven arrangements featuring the sound of their two Chapman Sticks in harmony and counterpoint. For over a decade, Heartstrings had the distinction of being the only full-time Stick duo in the country, exposing countless people to their sound and to the Chapman Stick itself. Heartstrings played high profile art festivals across the country, including the American Craft Festival at Lincoln Center Plaza in New York, New York; 5th Ave. Winter Fest, Tucson, AZ; and Cottonwood Festival, Dallas, Texas, to name a few.
Matt has since returned to his roots as a soloist, forming No Words Required; embarking on his new journey into the fertile musical ground of Celtic and bluegrass genres. While always keeping the melodic sensibilities of Heartstrings close at hand, Matt is determined to pave new sonic paths with the Chapman Stick.