Performing 1/25 @ 2:00 & 1/26 @ 2:00
Crys Matthews is nothing if not ambitious. In August, she simultaneously released both a new full-length album, The Imagineers, and an EP, Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers. These collections showcase two sides of Matthews’s dynamic songwriting; The Imagineers is a selection of thoughtful songs about love and life while Battle Hymn for an Army of Lovers tackles social justice themes. Songs from both projects have won her recognition. On November 30, she was named grand-prize winner in this year's NewSong Performance and Songwriting Competition at Lincoln Center.
"This year’s competition showcased the most talented and diverse cross section of the singer-songwriter category to date. We had musical theater, dark sad love songs and uplifting calls to action. Being a judge this year was challenging as each artist displayed talent and strength. Crys Mathews is a necessary voice. Her depth coupled with her openness and approachability was unmatched. She has a spark that is contagious and shares music that unites us and makes us think.” – Viviana Benitez, Associate Producer at Lincoln Center and 2017 NewSong judge
"Each year, the NewSong Music Competition presents one of the strongest platforms for music discovery by giving many of today's most talented singer-songwriters a way to connect with a wider audience. Its rich legacy of shining a spotlight on incredible artists continues with this year’s grand prize winner, Crys Matthews. While all of the finalists were compelling in their own way, Matthews won hearts and minds with her infectious folk/blues songs that boldly explored everything from the follies of the human heart to our current political milieu. By wrapping honest emotions around her socially conscious messages and dynamically delivering them with a warm heart and a strong voice, she lifted our spirits just when we need it most in these troubled times. ASCAP will be honored to showcase her at the 2018 Sundance ASCAP Music Cafe in January.” - Erik Philbrook, ASCAP VP/Creative Director and NewSong Music Judge
"While each and every day, on each and every media platform, we’re reminded of the division, alienation, marginalization and divisiveness rampant in our country (and our world), we’re not often enough met with people like Matthews who exist as reminders of what beauty can occur when we bridge those divides." - Justin Hiltner, The Bluegrass Situation
"Crys Matthews is a songwriter with a powerful message and voice to match." - YabYum Music + Arts
Crys Matthews on the web