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Matthew Bennett

matthew.alan.bennett@gmail.com

814-314-9777

What I do

Singer-Songwriter
Producer and session musician, ErieMax Studios, Erie PA
Producer and session musician, Riptide Studios, Fort Myers FL
Consulting Partner, The Magic Firm, Louisville KY
Composer at iStock Music
Piano/Organ/Voice for The Matt Bennett Blues Band
Piano/Organ/Guitar/Voice for The Patio Drive Band
Studio Session Musician
Corporate Entertainer/Magician

What I used to do

Investigative correspondent for the Capital News (Corydon, Indiana)
Supervisor at Dunbar Global Logistics main hub in Louisville, KY (Armored Air division)
Researcher for the Lockheed Martin Battle Lab project at Fort Knox, KY
Paranormal researcher and investigator
Piano Teacher at Lynch Music in Fairview PA, and independently
Youth Counselor at Maryhurst in Louisville KY
Worship team music leader
Choir director

What I’ve done

Script Writer for national TV (CW Network)
Played studio Hammond organ on several songs for heavy-metal singer/songwriter Avi Rosenfeld
Co-composer, music producer, and music director for the ballet show based on the book The Quilt Maker’s Gift
Guest Lecturer at Mercyhurst University, Digital Literacy
Guest Lecturer at Mercyhurst University, The Blues and American Music History
Writer and performer of the one man magic show, The Essence of Magic
Began performing solo at age 6
Wrote my first software on Apple Basic at age 16
Began teaching piano at age 19
Began designing websites at age 21 (1994)
Wrote and recorded the Christian music album Road to Damascus
Wrote and recorded for the Coyote Joe country album The World of Coyote Joe
Wrote and recorded the song Bullseye, on the magic DVD Bullseye
Wrote and recorded the music for the Men of Mystery magic show
Sound engineer for the Men of Mystery magic show
Guest lecturer at various magic conventions
Musical compositions featured on Mike Sheffield’s National Radio Show, 2015
The Matt Bennett original, “Fine Line”, was featured on Nash FM Country Radio, 2016
Performed, produced, and mastered the vocal blues and singer/songwriter album City Lights
Performed, produced, and mastered the EDM & Electronic Composition album “The Things I Hear”
Produced and Mastered the single “Maddie’s Song” by the band Six Year Stretch
Finalist in the Nash Radio Network NASH-NEXT Competition
VIP attendee at the 2016 Jazz Organ Summit in Holland, MI
Attended the 2016 DIY Musician’s Conference put on by CD Baby
Featured studio artist (on Wurlitzer electric piano) on the album “Creative Being” by David Cohen
Played Piano/Organ/Keys for 2017/2018 Production of Jesus Christ Superstar
Music video production for the alternative rock band Six Year Stretch
Performed and consulted on a project for the Ben Allen Band, with musicians from Big and Rich and Thompson Square
Finalist in the 2017 Rock Erie Music Awards
Album of the year finalist in the 2017 Rock Erie Music Awards
Piano/Organ/Keyboard for 2017/2018 Production of Jesus Christ Superstar

Education

Edinboro University of Pennsylvania – Music Education
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY) – Church Music
Berklee College of Music – The Art of Music Production (CERTIFICATE)
University of Rochester – The Blues: Understanding and Performing an American Art Form (CERTIFICATE)

What I’ve Published

Position Impossible – the manual for an effect created by Brent Braun
Fool Me A book on the thoughts and theories of the magician and Magic Firm CEO, Brent Braun
An Introduction to a Miracle – a book containing the finer details of Torched and Restored and an interview with the creator, Brent Braun
The Invisible Man – A book on Daniel Martin’s effect The Invisible Man as performed on Penn and Teller Fool Us (on the CW Network), an interview with Daniel Martin and interviews with those who have been made invisible.
Yellow Six, a Social Experiment
The Chair Principle
The Essence of Magic – A magic show molded by hundreds of performances through constant revision
Interviews and investigative pieces for the Capital News (Corydon, IN) including the byline on several front page articles
Matt Bennett Band, City Lights album
Matthew Bennett, The Things I Hear album

Memberships

Blues Society of Western PA (BSWPA)
Association of Writers and Writing Programs
National Council of Teachers of English
Amnesty International
American Civil Liberties Union

Software

iMovie, Garageband, Cakewalk, Reaper, Audacity, Logic Pro X, Various Linux Distributions, Evernote, Mainstage, Native Instruments Komplete, Calibre e-book management, LMMS, Ableton

Areas of Study

Painting (acrylic and watercolor)
Drawing/Sketching
Psychology
Sustainability and the environment
Homesteading
Social justice and civil rights
History (especially relating to the civil rights movement)
Blues history
Behavioral economics
Martial arts
Entertainment psychology

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