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Jon Matthews
Few people on the thriving Prince Edward Island music scene could claim to be any busier than Jon Matthews. A native Cape Bretoner who relocated to P.E.I. in 2002, Matthews has managed to carve out a full-time career in music by wearing a number of different hats: producer, engineer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and broadcaster. He wears each of them very comfortably.

These days, Jon Matthews is perhaps most recognized for his prowess in the recording studio. He is
a constantly-in-demand producer and engineer, thanks to his uncanny ability to turn out top quality recordings in any musical genre, from rock to country to folk to celtic to jazz...and anything in between. Matthews has developed a well-earned reputation for his “golden ears”, musicality, and meticulous attention to detail in the studio. He has been nominated for the ECMA's 'Studio Engineer of the Year' three times, as well as ECMA 'Producer of the Year' and 'Audio Professional of the Year'. He was also “on the board” for recent ECMA-winning albums by Meaghan Blanchard and Grass Mountain Hobos, as well as ECMA-nominated projects for Ian Toms, Cynthia MacLeod and Paper Lions.

Jon Matthews is the owner of The Sound Mill (formerly Big Grey Sound Studio), which has been named Music PEI's 'Recording Studio of the Year' four times, and has been nominated for the ECMA's 'Studio of the Year' three times. This past year, the studio made a giant step forward with the construction of a new one-of-a-kind acoustically-designed recording environment, built using the same design principles and construction methods found in the world's top recording studios. The cozy, modern environment offers his clients ease of workflow, superior room-to-room isolation, perfect sightlines, and most importantly, live and control rooms designed for outstanding sound, from the ground up.

With two solo albums to his credit, Jon Matthews’ songs have won him numerous accolades both globally (honourable mention, 2007 Singer Songwriter Awards) and in his chosen home province (four nominations, including Songwriter of the Year, 2007 Music PEI Awards). Matthews also keeps up a robust performing schedule of up to 150 dates a year, as both a solo artist and multi-instrumental side man. He has performed before an international TV audience of millions on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly, and has worked onstage with a long list of collaborators, most notably fiddler Cynthia MacLeod and The Celtic Ladies, taking to the stage in concert halls and festivals across Canada and the United States.

Over 17 years as a radio broadcaster, Jon Matthews was known as a passionate supporter of the music and performers of his east coast home. He began his broadcasting career with CJFX radio in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where he was named morning host and music director by age 22. He consistently included as much east coast music as possible in the station's format. He would later host the legendary “CJFX Ceilidh”, spotlighting traditional celtic and folk music every weekday evening. Since moving to Prince Edward Island, Matthews has worked with every commercial radio station in Charlottetown at one time or another, becoming a well recognized voice to Island radio listeners as well. During his time on the radio in P.E.I., Matthews was a consistent voice for local and regional artists, starting up and hosting multiple “east coast music” shows for the stations at which he worked. He made the difficult decision to “hang up the microphone” in 2011, in order to focus more time on his music career and recording studio.

With a schedule that seems to only get busier year after year, Jon Matthews has successfully taken his passion and turned it into his livelihood. He hopes to spend a lifetime doing what he loves – recording, performing, and enjoying music each and every day.