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Birth name: Matthew Paul Miller.
Also known as: Matisyahu, MC Truth.
Born: June 30, 1978 West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA.
Matisyahu biography (bio):
Matisyahu is the Hebrew and stage name of Matthew Paul Miller is an American Jewish reggae musician.
Known for blending traditional Jewish themes with reggae and rock sounds, Matisyahu is most recognizable for being a member of Chabad-Lubavitch, a chassidic group of Judaism. As such, Matisyahu stands out for wearing the traditional clothing of Hasidic Jews and not performing on the Sabbath. Since 2004, he has released three studio albums as well as one live album, two remix CDs and one DVD featuring a live concert, and a number of interviews. Through his short career, Matisyahu has teamed up with some of the biggest names in reggae production including Bill Laswell and duo Sly & Robbie.
Since his debut, Matisyahu has received positive reviews from both rock and reggae outlets. Most recently, he was named "Top Reggae Artist" of 2006 by Billboard.
Matisyahu was born in West Chester, PA and his family eventually settled in White Plains, New York. He was brought up a Reconstructionist Jew, and sometimes performed under the alias MC Truth for MC Mystic's Soulfari band. He spent some time as a young man as a self-professed "deadhead," taking hallucinogens and following Phish on tour. At 16, Matisyahu took part in a semester-long program that offers students first-hand exploration of Jewish heritage at Alexander Muss High School in Hod Hasharon, Israel. His experiences there significantly affected his feelings towards Judaism eventually leading to his decision to adopt Orthodox Judaism, becoming a baal teshuva around 2001 through Chabad of Washington Square. He is now a member of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. Matisyahu finished high school at a wilderness program in Bend, Oregon. Following this seminal event, Matisyahu began playing with the Jewish band Pey Dalid.
Soon after his adoption of hasidism, Matisyahu began studying Torah at Hadar Hatorah, a yeshiva for returnees to Judaism where he wrote and recorded his first album. He counts Bob Marley, Phish, God Street Wine and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach among his musical inspirations and gives credit to Rabbi Simon Jacobson's book Toward a Meaningful Life for the lyrical inspiration to Youth's title track. As part of his faith, Matisyahu does not perform in concert on Friday nights in observance of the Jewish Sabbath.
Matisyahu is married to Tahlia Miller, the couple have a son, Laivy. He also has a younger sister named Julie.
In 2004, Matisyahu, after having signed with JDub Records, a not-for-profit record label that promotes Jewish musicians, released his first album, Shake Off the Dust...Arise produced by Alon Cohen for 12 Tribe Sound. At the time a relatively unknown musician, he did not rise to prominence until Bonnaroo 2005, when he talked Trey Anastasio of the band Phish into letting him play a set. This would prove to be the event that launched his career.
His next album, Live at Stubb's, released in 2005, was a live concert recorded in Austin, Texas. This concert album, and Youth, his third album, both received critical and popular acclaim. Each album marks significant changes in Matisyahu's style, most markedly between Stubb's and Youth, when more rock music influences are evident. Since his second two albums became popular, Shake off the Dust has steadily risen in demand, fetching prices upwards of $30USD on online auction sites such as Ebay.
Throughout 2005 and 2006, Matisyahu toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe; and made a number of stops in Israel. In late 2006, Matisyahu released his fourth album, No Place to Be, a remix album featuring rerecordings and remixes of songs from all three of his earlier albums, as well as a cover of "Message in a Bottle" by The Police.
The live version of the song "King Without a Crown", broke into the Modern Rock Top 10 in 2006. The accompanying video and new album - Youth - produced by Bill Laswell were released on March 7, 2006 and on March 16, Youth was Billboard magazine's number-one "Digital Album". In 2006, Matisyahu appeared once again at Bonnaroo, this time performing a solo set in front of an estimated crowd of over 80,000 people.
In Spring 2006, right before the release of Youth, Matisyahu cut ties with his managers at JDub Records, which resulted in some controversy due to Matisyahu's role in the founding of the label. Contrary to popular belief, JDub managed his act, but was not his record label.
In April 2007 it was confirmed that Matisyahu, along with another band yet to be announced, would open for 311 on their Summer Unity Tour 2007. The tour will run from late June to late August and will play shows all across the country.