Matt Dusk

Matt Dusk Biography

On June 15th, Decca will release Two Shots, the debut album by a new extraordinary young vocalist, 25 year-old Matt Dusk. Hailing from Toronto, Canada, Dusk is a performer who has it all – movie-star looks, velvety-smooth vocals and the striking presence of a “Rat Pack” idol. Featuring infectious standards and original songs, Two Shots has a sophisticated, yet pleasantly familiar sound. A star in-the-making, Dusk’s career is off to a roaring start. Originally scheduled to hit stores in early 2004, Two Shots was pushed to a summer release date to coincide with Matt’s role on the upcoming Fox TV show “The Casino,” premiering in June, and produced by Mark Burnett Productions (Survivor, The Apprentice).

Two Shots was recorded in Miami, Toronto and Abbey Road studios in London, where a 42-piece string section from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra added luxuriant textures reminiscent of the heyday of the big-band balladeers. The album takes its name from the song Bono and The Edge wrote for Frank Sinatra prior to his death. Sinatra never had the chance to record “Two Shots,” but Bono gave his blessings for Dusk to give it a go. "I would have to say that ‘Two Shots’ is one of my favorites on the album because it involves two of my favorite artists of all time and it’s an incredible song. Unfortunately Frank died before he got the chance to record it, so U2 released it as a B-side on the single 'If God Will Send His Angels.' But it kind of got lost in the woodwork, so it's a great honor for me to record it."

Dusk’s material on Two Shots shows off the various dimensions of his artistry. The windswept, autumnal feel of "Precious Years" seems to echo back to the days of epic ballads like "Days Of Wine And Roses" or "It Was A Very Good Year." Of his self-penned tunes, Matt cites "Five" as his favorite. "'Five' is simply a huge heart-wrenching song of hopelessness," he says, sounding indecently cheerful. "It's that feeling after a break-up, when you're absolutely hopeless. I think the songs that most affect people are the slower and more pensive ones."

The Casino, a new unscripted drama created and executive-produced by reality titan Mark Burnett, will premiere on Monday, June 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on Fox. The 13-episode series will provide an extraordinary 24/7, behind-the-scenes look at the real-life dramas unfolding at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, as its new owners, Tim Poster and Tom Breitling take over the business and attempt to bring back the glory of its “Rat Pack” heyday. Matt Dusk will appear as a performer as well as himself during the course of the series.

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