Matt Corby - Extraordinary Raw Talent


Raw New Talent

Matt Corby - An extremely gifted emerging new talent is going about his business quietly and impressively.

Then - It's hard to forget the extraordinary talent of the then very young, very sweet if not rather naive young man not so long ago, who entered the Australian Idol competition that scans the country looking for fresh new talent. What with his charming good looks, remarkable falsetto and brilliance of depth in his voice, the then 16 year old, left Australia gasping and hungering for more after his performance each week and confirmed in the judges mind that their hard work and hope for finding their Idol for the season had paid off. Never disappointing, he turned in a stellar performance week after week with a vocal range that belied his age. Stunning audiences and judges alike the Australian public voted him through to the last week of the grand final, but he was, unfortunately, pipped at the post to come runner up on the night.

Now - But what have the years following his bittersweet 2007 experience on Idol contained for the young man ask his many fans who voted faithfully for him week by week. In order to answer this we need to take a look at his recent journey and evolutionary progress from pop singer to established alternative artist and musician worthy of the music industries respect. Without doubt it was more than his boyish good looks and talented vocals that wowed audiences each week. The astute listener caught the quality of his music ability, and the level of his musical maturity in the way in which he understood and interpreted songs that could be expected from mature and long established artists who were often striving for such maturity but rarely reaching it in their career.

Young Career - For the past few years since Idol Corby has continued to carve out a path for himself musically, with a sound that has similarities to the raw vocals of a young Van Morrison singing 'Listen to the Lion'; and in the style of the soulful and exquisite voiced Jeff Buckley 'Hallelujah'; and with the musical genius of Cold Play's Chris Martin of 'A Rush of Blood to the Head' fame (think 'The Scientist') Corby adds a refreshing touch to the alternate music scene.

Having since signed with funky UK label Communion and having played to packed capacity crowds at concerts in the trendy village of Camden Town, London, as well as national tours across Australia and the US, Corby is finally making a name for himself through supporting acts such as Mumford and Sons and headlining his own sold out concerts.

Leaving Idol Behind - Shunning his Idol days where many without doubt believed he should have been crowned winner on the night this young man has undergone a radical change from a 16 year old fresh faced runner up on idol and has developed into one of the most exciting alternate artists that has come out Australia in recent years. Along with musicians that are of similar style Mumford and sons, Boy and Bear and BonIver Corby is carving a well deserved name for himself in the music industry and establishing a place in the hearts of his fans world wide.

Sweet Success - November 2011 saw the release of his fourth extended play, Into the Flame on which his hit single 'Brother ' starred. Entering the Aria Singles Chart at number 46 it continued to rise and peaked at No. 3 and in April 2012 made Platinum status and allowed Corby his first taste of success.

Impressive Performances - His concert performances reminiscent of a night with the brilliant Jeff Buckley, will take you on a journey from start to finish winding their way through your mind and soul, stirring your emotion and evoking and awaking internal passion and desire for more of the same. Check out his latest rendition 'Brother' on the YouTube video below - it won't disappoint.

Will this young talent rise to the echelons of the above mentioned musicians the question might be asked.

Possibly, but definitely not in the mainstream arena, but as an emerging alternate voice on music's world stage as a bright and raw new edition.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Carter06, interesting hub. He has such an unusual voice doesn't he, a sort of cross between Jeff Buckley and Antony Hegarty of Antony and The Johnsons. I will look out for him in the UK sometime.

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for coming over my way to visit Jools... I hope you like Matt and get to see him, his concerts are really worth the money and he does have an unusual voice which has strengthened and become deeper since his idol performances...I am a little biased about Matt because his mum is one of my best naturally I think he is great...cheers

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Carter, what a complete and total review of a very talented young man and his career. Great job! Voted up and sharing.

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks so much TT for your comments & votes - Matt is such a talented young man that's it's an honor for me to write about him...cheers

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

A music hub! You sound like you are a big fan. Now, I'll go up and vote.

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for the great introduction.

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Mike so nice of you to drop by & comment...I am a fan of Matts bluesy gutsy voice & musical ability...think he's a bit special this young one...cheers

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

You are very welcome hope you enjoy my young friend ... Cheers

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Great well written hub and review of the very talented singer and enjoyed the video ! Thanks for introducing me to his music !

Vote up and more !!!

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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


Oh my, what a handsome young man with talent to spare. I am reminded a bit of Dave Matthews when I hear his sound...will be checking him out some more.

Thank you so much. I love learning about fabulous new musicians. It sounds like he has a great career ahead of him.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hello kashmir, so glad to introduce you to Matt and his music and glad enjoyed the video and thanks so much for the votes on my hub...really appreciate it...keep loving music...cheers

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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

carter....This is my first intro to Matt..I am sorry to say. Thank you for bringing him to those of us who let him get past us. Wow, Carter, his voice is unique and just the kind I am fond of....he's wonderful. and just for the record....I may be an old Grandma, but even if he couldn't sing a note...THOSE EYES!! Yeah, I could look at him for a while! LOL...UP+ and sharing!

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Mar,nice to see you, thanks for stopping by & sorry I missed you, had been away for a glad you like Matt...I love a little bit of an alternative style...I think without doubt he is going to go a long appreciate your comments & votes...cheers

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Yep fpher his voice is unique and I guess his cute looks don't do him any harm either!! thanks for dropping by grandma:)

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Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

Thanks for introducing me to a fresh, young talent. I will definitely check out his other music.

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Hi Sherry, so glad you are enjoying Matt...It's a pleasure to introduce him to you...cheers

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jambo87 4 years ago

Warner Bros pulled your video!

If he's anything like Jeff Buckley, I'll have to give him a listen.

Thanks for the new music.

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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for your comments... Wow how did you no WB pulled it - I wasn't sure but thanks...cheers

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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

Hello carter06, I was looking forward to hearing this young man sing, the video is no longer available. Are there other videos you can replace it with? I was unable to hear him sing. When you click to watch the video it tell us that the Warner Group, pulled the video.

I found the rest of the hub interesting, and voted that way and shared.

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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW Author

Thanks for your vote & share Shyron much appreciated..not sure about why the video has been pulled..u can google him on - Matt Corby - he's worth your time.. Cheers

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