began singing at a very early age with his
brothers and sisters.
In the early 80's he
sister, Robin, and her
husband, Bob, and Matt's brother, Mark, sang together in several churches in Michigan (Matt's Home State).
In the fall of 1984 Matt moved to South Carolina to attend Tabernacle Baptist Bible College in Greenville, South Carolina from 1984 to 1988.
While attending Bible college, Matt
sang lead with the college quartet for a couple years.
3rd year of college he
began pastoring Open Door Baptist Church in Easley, SC. where he
pastored for the next 14 years.
After singing several years with Family Harmony and during his 10th year as pastor of Open Door Baptist Church, Matt joined the Inspirations Quartet from Bryson City, NC and sang lead with them for almost 13 years.
years with the Inspirations
was privileged to be the featured vocalist on several top 10 songs such as: We Need To Thank God, I'm a Winner Either Way, I will Praise Him, and I Have Not Forgotten.
We Need To Thank God was voted the song of the year in 2003, and I Have Not Forgotten was voted song of the year in 2007.
While Matt traveled with the Inspirations, he was nonminated several times in the top 10 for Lead singer, and 2 times was nominated in the top 5 for favorite Lead singer.
From 2006-2008 Matt
pastored Crossroads Baptist Church in Lawrenceville, Ga. After resigning from the Inspirations
in September of 2008, he
filled in with the Diplomats
while Jimmy had open heart surgery in December 2008.
Upon recovery, Jimmy returned to the Diplomats and extended the invitation to Matt to join the Diplomats as a full-time member.