Born the son of a Baptist minister in rural Saskatchewan, Matthew David was taught to believe the importance of spirituality – and that homosexuality was immoral and a sin. Like far too many gay teens he was forced into hiding, which led to depression and thoughts of suicide. With no one to turn to, Matthew turned to music. Today, as an artist with strong ties to both the gay and Christian communities, Matthew makes music with a simple message – that it’s okay to be who you are. On the title track, Matthew makes the soaring proclamation: “This is me, here I am!” – ending his own masquerade and setting the stage for the rest of the album.
But while his music contains undertones of his spirituality, he’s far from a “Christian rocker.” His music has been compared to Keane, Jay Brannan and Rufus Wainwright. It blends pop, rock and gospel and appeals to fans across many different genres.
The album includes powerful ballads, impressive rock arrangements and features two tracks written by Levi Kreis, including “Look How I’ve Grown” – a track he originally wrote for himself but gave to Matthew because “it deserved a voice like his.” Masquerade also includes a cover version of “Frozen” by Madonna.
The CD will be released on November 26 at a red-carpet concert at Vancouver’s Media Club. The event will be hosted by comedian Ryan Steele and will also feature performances by Vancouver artists Laurell and S&M (James Sadoway and Jerome Mandrake).
Tickets and more information are available at thornrecords.com.