Matt Slocum is arguably the top improvising cellist working Nashville’s busy studios. He studied cello with the late Paul Olefsky at the University of Texas in Austin and has a long list of performance and recording credits, including Holly Williams, Brett Dennen, Buddy Miller, Hammock, Switchfoot, Lenachka, The Choir, Mindy Smith, Brooke Waggoner, Over the Rhine, Matthew Perryman Jones, Amy Grant, Kristen Chenoweth, Andrew Peterson, and Fernando Ortega. Matt is very particular about his recorded sound, which is why you will never hear him without his remarkable cello made by the esteemed French instrument maker Frank Ravitin. Matt may be a Texan, but Nashville is where Matt, his lovely wife, two daughters, and 29 beehives make their home. Nashville is happy with that arrangement.
Matt has a great compositional compass that guides him in creating solo cello parts and ensemble parts. Maybe this is because Matt knows a thing or two about composition and songwriting? Not many working cellists can say they have an evergreen hit song to their credit. But Matt can. Matt is a co-founder of the pop group Sixpence None the Richer and writer of their mega-hit, “Kiss Me.” Cello is always on his creative mind, but Matt is also an exceptional guitarist, and arranger for small or large string ensembles. In summation, he’s humble, creative, hugely successful, and loves nothing better than tending his bees and playing a little cello when the music calls. Call him!
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