Matt Westin is an international country recording artist. Born and raised in a blue-collar, middle class suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, Matt has been acting and singing since he was young. While attending Carnegie Mellon University pursuing a degree in engineering, Westin taught himself to sing. He found true fulfillment in acting and singing, and walked away from a promising career in engineering. With the influences of many legendary artists ranging from Johnny Cash to Garth Brooks, to Frank Sinatra, Matt found his voice. The thrill of live performance fed his passion as he honed his vocal ability in bars and clubs around Pittsburgh for over a decade.
Tragically, after a bravely fought battle with Leukemia, in April 2016 Matt’s father succumbed to complications with chemotherapy. A true family man, Matt was devastated and struggled day to day with the reality of his father’s death. After months of depression, Matt decided to honor his father’s memory by finally pursuing his music career, as his father had always encouraged. Deciding to make a country record in his father’s honor, and being introduced by a mutual friend to world-class musician/songwriter/producer Bryan Cole, the stage was set.
Bryan took on the project as a producer, believing in his talent and vision and guiding Matt in making a world-class country record. Bryan recruited longtime friend and mix engineer Doug Kasper to record and mix the record at nearby Tonic Recording Studios. With the right songs, legendary musicians Mike Brignardello (bass) and Steve Hinson (steel guitar), and an amazing up and coming musician, Adam Ernst, Matt released his debut record “Legacy,” in honor of his father in 2018. The album was later dubbed the IMEA Country Album of the Year.
Matt has released his latest single “Thin Blue Line,” and is slated to play Johnny Cash in the independent film 116 MacDougal that will start filming later this year in Pittsburgh.