Matt Dean is best known as a jobbing and studio musician in Toronto. As a youngster, his versatility as a vocalist, keyboardist, trombonist and percussionist has won him many honors, including being chosen by Rob McConnell as one of Canada's finest for the Calgary Olympic Jazz Band. Matt has had the privilege of performing with Guido Basso, Murray McLaughlin, David Wilcox and The Nylons. He has opened for many artists including Linda Rondstadt and performed at the Juno Awards as well as for members of The Royal Family. Matt's incredible four octave range, smooth styling, and versatility have captured many an audience's attention and praise. He has played everything from Jazz to Classical and Pop/Rock to R&B. Now that Matt's focus has turned to song writing, he has found a wealth of creativity and expression that he had not yet explored. Shades Of Gray embodies Matt's talents and experience. Except for the choir and a few guitar tracks, all vocals, Matt performs instruments and solos. All songs are written, arranged and produced, and recorded in his studio - 'Dean Acres'. Matt even did the graphic design and layout for the CD! Although he has been a musician for many years now, Matt feels he has just recently started to walk his own path, and he's picking up speed. Whatever is around the corner for this talented singer/songwriter, it will be greeted with an open heart and embraced with the passion that permeates everything he does.
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