Matt Slocum

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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Matt and I go back 20 years ago to when Sixpence None The Richer first broke. Matt was a good friend to both my kids, first my daughter Molly and then son Sam. He was even kind enough to put one of Sam’s songs on the platinum record that launched “Kiss Me” (when Sam was only 16). So, I’ve got a lot of love for Matt. But most importantly for you, I’ve got a crazy amount of respect for his musical mind and creative abilities. When you work with Matt you’re not getting just a cellist or string arranger – you’re getting an artist. Believe me, this makes all the difference in the world. I hope you get a chance to record with him, either remotely, or via tracking and overdubs here in Nashville.

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