This evening, one of our recent Swag Sessions, Matt Stell performed at Hackensack Meridian Health Stage 17 for Nash FM 94.7 and some very lucky NYCountry Swag winners. After a warm welcome from Nash FM 94.7 DJs Jesse Addy and Katie Neal Stell took the stage to give the listeners at home and in the studio audience a sneak peek at some new music and play his current single.
He sang a song he wrote with Ash Bowers, “Home in Hometown” as well as a great breakup song, about not being able to move on. “I could add another push pin to the map, that won’t stop me from missing you or looking back / there’s just one place I haven’t gone, I’ve moved everywhere but on,” he sang in the chorus.
“I grew up in a place nothing like here, at all, and it amazes me that so many people love country music and I think it’s a real testament to country music, that it speaks to us all,” he said to the audience. In honor of playing above Madison Square Garden, Stell worked up his own version of Billy Joel’s “New York State of Mind”. The acoustic guitar puts an entirely new spin on the classic tune.
Katie Neal and Jesse Addy came back to the stage to chat about Stell’s decision to forgo heading to Harvard Medical School to pursue his dream of writing and playing music in Nashville. “Honestly, I haven’t regretted it once,…that’s how I knew I need to be playing music”.
They also discussed one of his more unique influences, Alanis Morrisette and her album Jagged Little Pill. “Music, in my opinion, is a means to an end, a means to a feeling, and she just did it in spades and every song on that record was so great,” he said.
He answered some questions from the studio audience like, “Whiskey or bourbon?” to which he quickly answered, bourbon. “Dream collaboration?” he said Levon Helm, who hailed from his home state of Arkansas and he named Hootie and the Blowfish as other influences in his life.
Finally, the DJs discussed Stell’s very first debut radio single, “Prayed For You” which applies to single people looking for love, people in loving relationships or even anyone fighting a battle and overcoming hardships. He closed his set by playing one of the most requested songs on Nash FM 94.7 in 2019, “Prayed For You”. Watch the full Facebook Live below and thank you to all of our followers who entered our contest to win tickets.
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