"With an excellent, lived in voice and a superior lyricist's winning way with image and metaphor, this is a record of a man whose faith has been caught in the crucible of pain and trial and whose art has matured and deepened as a result. . . TONY CUMMINGS, CROSS RHYTHMS UK critique of Matthew Finnish 'ON TRIAL' album."
I have been a musician since about 11 years old when I was given my first guitar by a treasured Aunt and Uncle. Had three lessons, got bored with progress and figured that I could do it quicker myself ~ which I did. Long nights into early mornings ensued as I traded licks with the likes of Andy Powell and Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash); Walter Becker (Steely Dan); Jan Ackerman (Focus) and many other influencing guitarists of the time.
From early years with ‘PRIDE’ (who incidentally won ITV’s New Faces) and ‘JACKO’ (who incidentally got ripped off in Germany) to later years with ‘SOS’ and session work at De Lane Lea Studios in Wembley where a bunch of us ended up on Top of The Pops ~ twice! # Google 'This Years Blonde ~ Platinum Pop Oct 1982.
ITV's 'New Faces' Winners (100th edition)
ITV's 'New Faces' All Winners ~ runners up
This Years Blonde ~Top of the Pops
From creating and performing music to video production to photography to working with other bands and musicians like N.U.M.B. (Never Underestimate Musical Belief) and my other band projects (EVERYTHING'S COVERED [Wedding / High Energy Events Band] and AQUILLA (5-piece AOR Band playing Boston, Foreigner, Kansas etc.) ~ life is always busy.