Following the release of two back-to-back US #1 singles, platinum-selling smash Prayed For You and Everywhere But On, Matt Stell has shared his brand-new single, That Ain’t Me No More, out now on RECORDS Nashville / Arista Nashville / Sony Music.
“The early reaction to ‘That Ain’t Me No More’ has really been incredible,” shared Matt. “This song really impacted me and it seems to be resonating with folks at country radio as well. I’ve said it before but the thing that almost all of us in the music business have in common is a passion for the music itself. Seeing the positive reaction from people who’ve made music their life’s work is really special.”
Matt premiered the “atmospheric power ballad” (Rolling Stone) last month on The Bobby Bones Show, and showcased it during his Country Radio Seminar New Faces virtual performance. At the performance, Stell credited country radio for his debut success as a new artist. Written by HARDY, Hunter Phelps, Smith Ahnquist, Jake Mitchell and Nick Donley and co-produced by Matt with Ash Bowers, That Ain’t Me No More is available to stream/download here now.
With the single delivering Matt’s first new music since October 2020’s Better Than That EP and a series of acoustic video performances to accompany each song (watch here), the Arkansas native is one of only seven new artists in the last five years to have their first two singles top the US country radio charts. Co-produced by Stell with Ash Bowers, the eight-song EP includes the recently released If I Was A Bar, and its innovative music video filmed during quarantine, where Matt played all 13 characters. Matt was also featured on Over Yonder, a collaboration with viral sensation and Christian rapper Lathan Warlick, which powerfully blends hip hop patriotism with a call for unity.
Stell kicked off 2020 with a performance on “Good Morning America,” leading into his first headlining tour. He started Penned Up – his hugely successful eight-week Instagram-live
The 6’7 Arkansas native has come a long way from playing college basketball for Drury University and making the choice to head to Nashville instead of Cambridge, MA where he was accepted into Harvard University’s Extension School Pre-Med program. Following his dream of writing and performing, the self-taught vocalist and guitar-player made the move to Music City in 2014, landing a publishing and management deal with Wide Open Music and a record deal with music industry powerhouse Barry Weiss’ RECORDS Nashville/Arista Nashville. Stell has received “Ones To Watch” shout-outs from multiple partners, including Vevo DSCVR, MusicRow’s Next Big Thing, CMT Discovery Artist, YouTube Music Artist on the Rise and more.
(Photo credit – Dustin Haney)