British born singer-songwriter and musician Matt Owens first came to prominence as a founder member of indie-folk band Noah and the Whale. Releasing four albums, Noah and the Whale achieved huge success in the UK and overseas, selling over one million albums in the UK alone. The band toured the world between 2006 and 2014, playing hundreds of festivals, including Austin City Limits, Fuji Rocks and Lollapalooza, as well as touring with the likes of Arcade Fire, Bahamas, and Laura Marling.
February 2019 saw the release of Matt’s debut solo album, “Whiskey and Orchids” to widespread critical acclaim including a 5 star review in Maverick Magazine. Nigel Stonier produced the album which featured Tom Waits’ drummer Michael Blair, Thea Gilmore, and Carleigh Aikins from Bahamas. The album received substantial radio play and that summer he played over 25 festivals as far flung as the West Coast of Ireland and Northern Scotland, including Glastonbury.
2020 saw the release of Matt’s 2nd album Scorched Earth, to a fanfare of acclaim from the music press. Many BBC Radio Shows made it their album of the week, Bob Harris included “Cargo for the Road” on his first “Best of Under the Apple Tree” compilation and the album went on to feature in many Americana album of the year polls. It contained a slew of singles featuring Elles Bailey, Robert Vincent and members of Noah and the Whale, all showcasing his sharp song-noir narratives and Owens’ trademark gritty guitar style.