Matthew Scharpf has been writing songs for over 15 years. He, with his former band Jamestown, has had his songs in movie soundtracks, in a national ad campaign for Ralph Lauren, and played on major radio stations. He has written hundreds of tunes, many of which appear on three Jamestown cd’s.
Matthew Scharpf
Independently selling over thousands of copies while touring the midwest and southeast, Jamestown was invited to numerous independent music festivals in the U.S. and Canada, performed with acts such as 10,000 Maniacs, Tragically Hip, Cracker, Freddy Jones Band, and the Drovers and played venues such as Chicago’s House of Blues, Park West, Double Door, Fitzgerald’s, and Schuba’s, Old St. Pat’s World’s Largest Block Party, and Taste of Lincoln and Lakeview. Matt plays live often in and around Chicagoland.

Today, Matthew’s sound is influenced by James Taylor, John Denver, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, and Gordon Lightfoot.

Other influences include Lyle Lovett, Indigo Girls, John Fogherty (CCR), Paul Westerberg (Replacements), Elvis Costello, the Jayhawks, Joshua Tree U2, Rubber-Soul and White-Album Beatles, Dire Straits, Ron Sexsmith, Evan Dando (Lemonheads), Toad the Wet Sprocket, and the Grateful Dead.

His material is acoustic-based and melody-driven, written in a singer-songwriter style that is filled with sincere, evocative, and intelligent lyrics. His songs attempt to tell stories by painting pictures with words, chords, and melody.
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