Matt Ryd is a singer/songwriter/all-around-geeky-nice-guy from Chicago, Illinois. In just a short time on the Chicago music scene, he has already made quite a name for himself. The song “Healed” from his debut EP was placed on episode 803 of the hit ABC show “Scrubs”. ”Healed” also received radio attention, including multiple spins on the mass-market WXRT 93.1 in Chicago, as well as overseas play on Radio New Zealand. Since that time, Matt has had several other high-profile television placements, including cues on “Braxton Family Values” (WE Network) and “Made #DreamBigger" (MTV).
His full-length LP, “Looking For Home”, was released to a sold-out crowd at the nationally-known Schubas Tavern. He has opened for such major acts as Jeff Tweedy, The Swell Season, Crystal Bowersox, and I Fight Dragons.
Matt has shown great passion for developing and building an Internet audience: with thousands of YouTube subscribers, Facebook Fans, hundreds of Twitter followers, and a large mailing list that spans the globe. He has created several “viral” videos and has been featured on YouTube’s official Trends Blog under the category “4@4” for “Most Shared”. More importantly than numbers, however, Matt makes the effort to connect personally with the people who listen to his music, and makes a conscious decision to call his listeners “friends” rather than just “fans”. This drive for sharing his music has translated directly into thousands of record sales. These fans and friends also make up the audiences on each of Matt’s self-booked tours, which have taken him from New York to L.A. and everywhere in between.
In 2012, Matt held a fundraiser during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. With nothing more than one song on Bandcamp, and a whole lot of help from the rest of the Internet, that song brought in more than $2,700 to help raise ED awareness and help sufferers find treatment.
Reviewers have described him as “Jason Mraz meets The Rembrandts” and as “a more likable version of John Mayer”. Audiences and reviewers agree that, above all else, Matt Ryd’s music is genuine and heartfelt, and that when the honest lyrics mix with the catchy melodies, it’s impossible not to sing along.