Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Matt Zarley has received critical acclaim as a singer/songwriter; has been named one of People Magazineʼs “Hottest Bachelors”; has performed on Broadway; and, has had three Billboard Dance hits. Now, the handsome singer is releasing his third single, “Trust Me” off of his critically acclaimed album, “Change Begins With Me”. This follows Mattʼs 3rd Billboard charting single, “WTF”, which spent the summer of 2011 on the charts.
Named one of Billboard magazineʼs “Critics Top 10” picks for the year in 2008, Matt has continued to deliver hits that touch the heart, and the dance floor! Chuck Taylor from Billboard writes: “(Zarley) sings, dances, acts and possesses grrr-dreamy appeal...Zarleyʼs stunning tenor range, crafty harmonic layers and spine-tingling money notes...Tweens have plenty of idols to swoon over. Hereʼs a crush for grown- ups, whose earthy machismo is quite the complement to his musical muscle....a marquee mainstream artist is born.”
Mattʼs passion for songwriting resulted in his first solo album, “Debut,” which was released in 2002 and received critical acclaim, The set featured the dance hit, “You Always Want (what u ainʼt got)” and “Say Goodbye”; which is also featured on the all-star Human Rights Campaign (HRC) benefit CD, “Being Out Rocks.” Matt scored additional Billboard Dance Chart hits with “WTF”, “Where Did You Come From,” as well as a cover of the Steve Winwood classic “While You See A Chance,” featuring Billy Porter.
Zarley is also an internationally published songwriter and has had numerous songs recorded and released overseas by some of the biggest names in international music. In addition, Matt has the distinction of being named the first openly gay bachelor in People Magazineʼs “Hottest Bachelors” issue in 2002 – opening the door for other openly gay men to be featured in the mainstream publication.
Matt began his career at 12 years old starring in national commercials and, subsequently, his career led him to Broadway where, still just a teenager, he made his Broadway debut in A Chorus Line. Zarley has appeared in numerous shows and has played the title roles in both Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Whoʼs Tommy on Broadway. Matt also appeared in Cats, Chicago, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.
Matt was featured in the Disney TV movies, “Cinderella”, “Geppetto”, and “Annie”. Matt can also be heard on the new NBC musical drama, SMASH.
Mattʼs latest album, “Change Begins With Meʼ garnered near unanimous acclaim. Critics hailing it “inspiring”, “powerful”, “passionate”, “soaring”, “dreamy”, “poignant”, and “a rare breed of artist....soulful and impressive”.
Matt Zarleyʼs newest single, “Trust Me” will be available thru all digital outlets worldwide on April 2, 2012. Mattʼs album, “Change Begins With Me”, as well as his other singles, remixes, and videos, are all available now on iTunes and amazon.com. Follow Matt online at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and MattZarley.com.
Change begins with me - Uplifting and melodic, makes you want to listen to it over and over again. The part that moves the spirit is the chorus being sung in the rise to a crescendo and sends chills down the spine.