Matt Stell Radio plays music from Matt Stell and similar artists. A life of twists and turns has led Stell to follow more than a few callings – and he’s done so with excellence each time. But with his Everywhere But On EP, the tangled paths of his background converge at a new destination.
Prayed for You” is also the Arkansas native’s first top ten hit, and has been streamed more than 90 million times so far. You’ll find it on his EP Everywhere But On.
Stell sings about alcohol again in I Bet Whiskey Would.” This time, using the liquor as a way to get comfortable with a new girl in a bar. The song is smooth, enticing, and sexy, even though its seemingly at first about alcohol. Once again, relatable, the lyrics mixed with Stell’s impressive vocals will keep this song stuck in your head.
Man, honestly it’s just been game changing for me. I got into music and always wanted to write songs because music makes me feel a certain way. My favourite songs make me feel a way that only songs can do. Watching this song resonating with people is really a dream come true. It’s really humbling. Folks are kind enough to drop a message on social media to let us know that they like the song or that they’re going to use it in their wedding, or that they’re going to use it to propose or something like that. It’s really, really cool to see that song resonate with folks.
Walker will be joined by one of the most exciting acts in country music, up-and-coming country duo High Valley. The brothers’ 2016 album Dear Life spurred their rise to fame with hit songs Dear Life,” She’s With Me,” and Make You Mine.” Their new project’s debut Single Man” is a hit in the making.
Prayed For You is Matt Stell’s first Billboard Country Airplay #1. He chose the latter, and now, he’s proving to be one of country music’s hottest new artists.
Still, he was slow to try writing or playing himself. Stell was around 12 when his mother gave him his first guitar, which he promptly stowed in a closet and forgot about for eight years or so. Instead, he threw himself into basketball, getting good enough to earn an athletic scholarship and pave the way toward earning his bachelor’s degree at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri and his masters in communication at the University of Arkansas.
Allison (one of the co-writers) had met what turned out to be her husband maybe a week before, so she was riding pretty high from that. So that was our point of departure, and then Ash other co- writer, and I tried to inject our own experiences into the song. We came out with a guy that’s a lot like me, who’s way luckier than he deserves in most aspects of his life.
Stell wrote “Prayed For You” with Allison Veltz and producer Ash Bowers. The song finds him longing to find his lifetime companion. Walk us through your time after college leading up to deciding to move to Nashville.
Stell released the album A River Through It via 124 Records in 2013, following it with the single “Country Love Song” in 2015. In the meantime, he opened shows for headliners including Luke Bryan and Eric Church An offer from Wide Open Music in Nashville, Tennessee led to the release of the single “Prayed for You” and the EP Last of the Best in 2018. “Prayed for You” went viral, amassing over ten million streams across platforms before the end of the year.
Prayed For You is Matt’s first #1 on the Country Airplay chart. It’s also the first debut single from an artist to reach #1 in 2019. The last artist to achieve that feat was Jimmie Allen with Best Shot back in Nov 2018.
Matt soon learned after a medical mission trip that his heart was divided between healthcare and music. Having been accepted into Harvard’s Pre Med program, Matt decided just six weeks prior to starting med school, that Music City needed to be his permanent home instead of Massachusetts. In 2014, he moved. Not long after, he accepted a publishing deal with Wide Open Music which eventually turned into a management and record deal as well. In 2018, he released his first EP, co-produced by Wide Open’s Ash Bowers. His debut single, Prayed For You”, was named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 Best Country Songs To Hear Now,” and has garnered more than 47 million on-demand streams. The video costars Savannah Chrisley and her now fiancé Nic Kertiles.
The official Music Video for “Prayed For You” by Matt Stell featuring Savannah Chrisley. I love playing songs that matter to people because that’s the strongest connection you can make between artists and listeners.
Stell and the other songwriters then developed the idea, thinking not only about their relationships, but the times they created opportunities for good things to happen.
A native of Center Ridge, Arkansas, and a 6’7” former collegiate basketball standout, Stell finds himself on the cusp of stardom in 2019. His powerfully romantic single Prayed for You” has racked up more than 45 million digital streams and is now spinning on country radio, while the music video has been viewed more than 4 million times. The Nashville recording project he’s been working toward for years is out, and he’s made his Grand Ole Opry debut. But if he’s honest, he was starting to think this would never happen.
Matt Stell’s hard work paid off. After moving to Nashville, he eventually caught the attention of Ash Bowers, who ultimately signed him to a publishing deal.
C hris Young will keep his Raised on Country World Tour going into the fall, with Eli Young Band and Matt Stell joining him for 19 new shows. Prayed For You” has resonated with fans far and wide. As the song continues to climb the charts, Stell is just enjoying the ride.
We recently welcomed a team of writers to the NYCountry Swag Squad. With that, we’re excited to share a new monthly feature with our What We’re Listening To” playlist, where we’re highlighting the wide range of our team’s favorite songs and artists when it comes to the country music genre. At the end of the day, we are all fans first with a passion for country music and are eager to share with you all what we’ve got on repeat each month.
Matt Stell notches his first No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart as his launch single, “Prayed for You,” rises 3-1 in its 37th week on the chart dated Oct. 12, up 14% to 37.5 million audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 6, according to Nielsen Music.
Keeping the music going, New York City artist and local Nash Next winner, Jessica Rose entertained the crowd next, closing out the afternoon. She performed her songs One of The Boys”, Rose Tattoo” and even covered Gretchen Wilson’s Redneck Woman”. The perfect weather along with the high-energy performances, it was the ultimate way to kick off the weekend.
Prayed For You” along with Home In A Hometown,” a collaboration with Jimmie Allen, can be found on Everywhere But On. Catch Matt at a number of major country music festivals this summer including CMA Fest (Nashville, TN), LakeShake (Chicago, IL), and Watershed (George, WA) and learn more at , Twitter , Facebook, Instagram, YouTube @MattStellMusic.
In a way yeah, it really is. I don’t know many artists that the Opry doesn’t hold a special place in their heart about playing there. It’s definitely a venue that everybody wants to play, especially in Country music. It’s really special that there’s this venue that means so much. It’s going to be something else.
Matt: I’m glad you asked that question, we’re actually working on new music right now. I should have some mixes back on the next day or two on some songs I’m really excited about. We’ll have an EP coming this spring.
Matt: I would say it’s a tie between Bonnie Raitt and Alanis Morissette as my mother. I love alternative 90’s music. Even in the studio now, when I’m co-producing, I find myself making choices off things I heard in Jagged Little Pill. I I would flatter myself to say Waylon Jennings would be my father. I love his balance of sweet love songs but also this outlaw side. I just want to approach music in a similar way.
After teaching himself to play guitar and sing in college – moonlighting at local venues under a fake name after basketball practice – Stell finished up grad school and began writing with Red Dirt stars like Casey Donahew, who he met on the regional tour circuit. Tapping a diverse love of artists whose songs read like stories – Randy Travis, Bonnie Raitt and the Drive-By Truckers, to name a few – Stell’s own words began making waves, with songs like Whiskey Baby” and Small Town Love” hitting Number One on the Texas Radio chart for Donahew, and raucous live shows pulling him to Nashville in 2014.
Prayed For You” is the debut single by country singer Matt Stell. In the song, he explains how he was always independent in the past, but now he would like to share his life with someone else. Though he may not know what his significant other will look like, he prays to God every night that he will find the one.
Prayed was written by Stell, his manager Ash Bowers and Allison Veltz from the EP Everywhere But On. Arkansas musician Matt Stell to perform on ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ episode by Nyssa Kruse August 23, 2019 at 10:11 a.m.
I’m so excited about the Opry debut, I can’t wait. I have so many fond memories. My dad passed away a little over a year ago but before that he and my stepmom along with two of their friends came to Nashville to visit me. We went to the Opry and watched Will Hoge and Luke Combs that night. It was really great. It’s a memory I cherish from that time. I remember thinking that night what it might be like to step on that Opry stage and step in circle, and I get a chance to do it. I’m just beyond excited. I got a bunch of friends and family coming to town for it as well so it’s going to be really special.
In this first video Matt shares where he calls home” and his childhood. He reveals some of his early influences and talks about going to college to play basketball. Matt reveals when he was bitten by the music big, how he taught himself to play guitar and what his what his Plan B” might have been if music didn’t work out.
I guess the first time I heard it was when my hometown radio station played it, and that was awesome. It wasn’t long after that satellite radio picked it up. Since then, I’ve heard it in Nashville on the FM dial while driving my truck on Music Row, and that’s just full circle. I remember when I got to town driving up and down just wondering how I was ever going to get any of those doors to open up for me, or anyone to pay attention to what I was doing. Then fast forward a few years and I just feel like I’m the luckiest guy there is. That’s really such a surreal moment because radio means so much, especially in Country music. To hear my song played in a lineup of people that I grew up listening to is pretty amazing.
After years of chasing what was starting to seem like a pipe dream in Nashville, Stell and his future fiancée took a medical mission trip which again changed his course. Working with doctors and nurses to help disadvantaged patients in dire circumstances, he felt inspired to make a difference, applied for and was accepted to the post-baccalaureate pre-medical program at Harvard extension school.
Surprisingly, the Arkansas native, who stands a whopping 6′ 7″, didn’t pick up the guitar until he was in college. It was at that point that he had to make a major life decision: continue his education in Cambridge, MA where he was accepted into Harvard University’s Extension School Pre-Med program or head to Nashville and try his hand at a career in country music.
The first single from Matt Stell rises to number one on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart this week, making Prayed for You” the first debut release to top the chart this year.
Next up, Russell Dickerson took the small stage, to bring his high-energy set to the intimate crowd in New Jersey for an afternoon of hits and even revealed a few new songs. Rocking a tie-dye shirt and pink sunglasses, Dickerson danced around the stage performing songs from his debut album, Yours, including Float”, Would You Love Me”, and All Fall Down”.
Pictured during the on-stage presentation (above, left to right): Liz Cost, Sr. Director Marketing, SMN, Keith Gale, Good Company Entertainment, Ash Bowers, Wide Open Music, Barry Weiss, RECORDS, David Enriquez, RECORDS, Brendan Rich, Wide Open Music, Matt Stell, Josh Easler, VP Promotion Arista Nashville; Jamice Jennings, GCE Promotion, and Laurent Thomas, Director National Promotion, SMN.
So, it’s only fitting that his brand new EP, Everywhere But On, includes 7 tracks, all co-written by Matt. His favorite songs may change day to day, but the title track about trying to outrun the hurt in life, is particularly meaningful.