Matt Powell began his career as a barbershopper in 2015! Although he does not have a lot of barbershop experience, he considers this to be the next exciting chapter in his musical career. In his first year he sang with the chorus for the spring Dixie District contest where the chorus scored third and earned the most improved chorus award. In the Fall contest he sung in his first competition quartet, Eye Candy, which placed second in the Novice category. He currently enjoys singing Baritone with the quartet Silver Lining.
Before barbershop, Matt made his way from his childhood home of Dallas, Texas to Birmingham to continue his education at Samford University, where he graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors in Music in Church Music. During his collegiate career he was a part of many ensembles including the marching band, opera, hand bells, orchestra, wind ensemble, and the a cappella choir. In the a cappella choir he had the privilege of singing in many famous venues across the country and around the world. Such venues include Spivey Hall in Atlanta, Georgia; The Ryman Auditorium, home of the Grand Ole Opry, in Nashville, Tennessee; and The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. On international tours he had the opportunity to sing in venues in the UK, France, and Italy, including St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle, Ely Cathedral, The Harlaxton Manor, Clair College, Notre Dame Cathedral, Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and the Duomo of San Gimignano. He also had the glorious opportunity to sing an evening mass in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
After college Matt spent two years as a director of Music in a small church in Bessemer. When not singing, Matt works for an online exam proctoring service. In his spare time, he enjoys watching movies and studying film scores. Matt also likes to travel and spend quality nerd time with his college sweetheart and wife Jennifer!