For many recording artists, the desire to find fame and fortune results from a multitude of factors. But for country recording artist Matt Snook, the motivation to do so is driven by the charitable voice that would come along with it. ‘To have a platform from which to speak out in honor of those that may not have the voice to do so for themselves is the ultimate reward in what I do.”
Born and raised on his parents’ farm in Edgerton, Missouri, Snook’s musical abilities were apparent early on. He began performing in church at the age of three. With a guiding hand from his always-encouraging mother, Snook entered the North Platte High School talent contest at age six, singing “Let the Sunshine In”....and won! In elementary school, he performed in school plays, musicals, and country music theaters until making an eventual transition into clubs, bars and honky tonks in his late teens. All the while, Snook’s parents arranged road trips to Opry houses across the country so he could perform. “My parents never pushed - always encouraged. Performing at Oprys is a wonderful memory – but the road trips with my parents were every bit as wonderful.” Snook’s journey as a songwriter began at 15, when he wrote four of the songs on his first project. Produced and Engineered by Kevin Jones (Member of the North Town Opry), with cousin Chasity Jones singing background vocals, the album sold 500 copies in its first three months.
Despite a desire to move to Nashville after high school, Snook opted to stay local and play basketball for William Jewel College in Liberty, Missouri. He continued playing bars with his band Silverado, honing skills in musicianship, performance, and writing. After graduation, Snook took jobs in construction and phone service until joining Topeka-based Flint Hills Thunder. All the while, he made frequent weekend networking trips to Nashville and began work with America’s Huey 091 Foundation and American Airlines, performing at several of their events. A couple years later, he formed the duo VandelSnook with fellow musician Phil Vandel. in 2009, VandelSnook was invited by America’s Huey 091 to complete an overseas tour for the troops. That same year, VandelSnook also performed at Balboa in San Diego on Christmas day. Over the next five years, Snook traveled overseas four more times to Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan as a solo artist, partnering with Troops First Foundation to do so. Back in the United States, Snook performs each year during the holidays with Skyball Express’s Snowball Express – a 5-day event for the military’s gold star families.
Snook moved his wife and two boys to Nashville at the urging of his ten-year-old son in August of 2010. Since relocating, he has continued his work in aiding the troops and their families. In November 2012, he was invited to play at George Straight’s golf course at Tapatio Springs, raising money for the Troops First Foundation. “After kicking off the night with my song “Hero’s Highway” – which I’d written for the Troops First Foundation – Ray Benson borrowed my guitar and played with Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen and Kyle Parks. When Ray had to leave early, I was invited to finish up the set before George Straight and Jamey Johnson took the stage. It was an incredible honor.” In December, Snook played at a Christmas dinner at Walter Reed (now Bethesda) in Maryland, benefiting the Troops First initiative Operation Music Heals.
In 2012, Matt was offered a publishing deal with Ten Ten Music Group, but the company ceased due to a divorce at the helm. Later that year, Matt was offered another publishing deal with Flat Earth Music, but unfortunately the same result occurred without Matt ever getting to put pen to paper. As Matt continued performing for Musicians On Call, St. Judes, Salute to the Troops and many other purposes close to his heart, he was fortunate to travel with The Troops First Foundation to perform the National Anthem at our US OPEN and AT&T Invitational.
After the publishing deals fell through, Matt was contemplating heading back to Kansas City when NBC's The Voice reached out for a private audition. Matt joined Seasons 7 and 8 and eventually landed a spot on Team Blake in 2015. After The Voice adventure, Matt moved back to his family in Kansas City and continued to deliver high quality performances at a few local venues, regional festivals and national events.
In 2019, MC1 Nashville signed Matt to a record deal and released his first single, "Poster Child" to radio in the Fall and re-released in early Spring of 2020. He is scheduled to release a 2nd single release later this year.
Having made music his profession, he has plans to enjoy his career and all the people he meets along the way. “I’m in this for the long-haul – my aim is a consistent, long-term career. I would love to sing on a national stage and find fame – if only to shed light on those that serve our country and have allowed me to live my dream.”
Matt performed on the deck of Old Shawnee Pizza-Lenexa & Banquet Space - Friday, June 5th for healthcare workers and their sacrifice in serving others during COVID 19. Matt challenged fans to donate Supper to their favorite front line healthcare workers. He donated his performance and the first $50 to Advent Health Hospital in Lenexa, KS.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 1st, 2020) - "It is in times like these that we must be still, remain calm and love on one another. As tough is it is that we have cancelled all of our live performances for the upcoming future, please know that everyone is in our thoughts and it will only be more exciting when we can get back together to enjoy music."
Please stay tuned for updates and online appearances coming soon.
(NASHVILLE, TN Sept. 21st) Matt has finally signed a deal. MC1 Nashville expects to come out the chute with "Poster Child" and follow up with a song backed by Armed Forces Insurance. Keep your ears on and requests coming. Time for Country Radio to get introduced to our little known secret from the Midwest!
EMPORIA, Ka. (August 1st, 2013) - No stranger to performing for a good cause, especially where U.S. troops and veterans stand to benefit, Missouri native and country recording artist Matt Snook's talents have been commissioned once again - this time to aide a smaller, much furrier kind of being. Scheduled to perform at the first ever WAHOO in the ZOO event at The David Traylor Zoo in Emporia on September 7th, all ticket sales will go toward building a permanent, year-round home for the lovable lemurs in the zoo's proposed Mission Madagascar Exhibit. The lemurs currently reside out of sight in a small building within their exhibit any time temperatures dip below 60 degress. The event, hosted by The Emporia Friends of the Zoo, will also include a BBQ dinner provided by Bobby D's. Beer and wine will be available for a cash donation.
"Being from this region, I understand what wonderful things The David Traylor Zoo has to offer for the people of Emporia and the surrounding areas," said Snook. "The event aims to provide some of the zoo's most treasured residents a year-round home - benefiting both the lemurs and zoo-goers. Any way I can contribute to the success of that I'm proud to be a part of."
"We are excited to have a rising country music star, Matt Snook, perform at our WAHOO in the ZOO event to help raise funds for Emporia's shining star, the David Traylor Zoo," adds Carolyn Davis, WAHOO in the ZOO Co-Chair.
Tickets for the event are $40 per person and can be purchased by calling Zoo Director Lisa Keith at (620) 341-4365. Attendants must be 21 years of age.
To learn more about the David Traylor Zoo, visit emporiazoo.org.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 13th, 2013) - A long-time supporter of U.S. troops, country recording artist Matt Snook performed as a show of that support on Friday, July 12th at the "Fore the Soldiers" Golf Tournament at Tiffany Greens golf course. The event - held to benefit the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction's (ReCHAI) Veterans and Shelter Dogs Initiative - kicked-off with Snook's rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner and, later, a performance of God Bless America as Tiffany Greens General Manager Mike Zadalis presented veterans with a commemorative souvenir for the occasion.
"It was great being back on my home golf course Tiffany Greens for such an incredible event," said Snook. "The pairing of homeless dogs with veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder that ReCHAI has commissioned is nothing short of honorable and a cause I'm thrilled to be a part of."
Snook is currently working on material for his new, yet-to-be-titled album - a follow up to his EP's Hero's Hwy, Perfect Sense, and Forget - all of which can be found on iTunes. He can next be seen live at downtown Platte City's Summer Outdoor Concert & Movie on Saturday, July 13th for 7-9pm on the courthouse lawn.
BETHESDA, Md. (June 27th, 2013) - It was another week of back-to-back appearances for country recording artist Matt Snook, complete with a performance of God Bless America, sponsored by Feherty's Troops First Foundation, at the AT&T National opening ceremonies on Wednesday, June 26th.
The day was a great end-cap to a week that also included opening for fellow country artist John Michael Montgomery at Night on the Kaw in De Soto, Kansas on June 22nd, as well as a performance of original tune Hero's Highway the Troops First IED of Golf Luncheon, also in Bethesda, for those military personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"To be able to open for an incredible and well-respected entertainer like John Michael Montgomery, perform for those that have served our country, and sing at the opening ceremonies of the AT&T National all in the same week? It doesn't get much better than that," said Snook. "The wonderful thing about music is its ability to both entertain and heal... Being able to do what I do and experience that on a regular basis is such a blessing."
Next Snook heads to Pecan Island, Louisiana for the Gone Pecan Fishing Rodeo.
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (June 14th, 2013) - After a busy week performing for the Old Shawnee Pizza Cars 4 Heroes event in Lenexa, Kansas and Camp Quality Northwest Missouri in Stewartsville, Missouri, country recording artist Matt Snook made an appearance on behalf of Feherty's Troops First Foundation, performing during the organization's after party event for the U.S. Open on Thursday, June 13th in Philadelphia.
Though rain delays kept Golf Channel funny man and Troops First co-founder David Feherty and swing expert Butch Harmon away, the party kicked off with a special trumpet performance of the national anthem by Jesse McGuire. Snook then performed originals "I Got Your Back" and "Hero's Highway" - a tribute to those injured in military service, several of whom were in attendance. The evening concluded with conversations between Troops First co-founder Rick Kell and four of the war fighters in attendance.
"As a long-time supporter of those serving our country, being a part of any event that supports the brave men and women in our military is always an honor," said Snook. "I love that Troops First is able to bring national attention to their cause through having a presence at an event like the U.S. Open."
Snook wraps up his whirlwind week with another performance on behalf of Cars 4 Heroes in Leavenworth, Kansas.
STEWARTSVILLE, Mo. (June 12th, 2013) - Fresh off of a performance for the Cars 4 Heroes event in Lenexa, Kansas on Saturday, Missouri native and country recording artist Matt Snook performed again on Sunday, June 9th - this time catering to a slightly younger crowd at Camp Quality Northwest Missouri's annual camp for children with cancer. Performing a mix of original tunes and covers, Snook kept the scene interactive, inviting several children up to sing along.
"The energy in the room was incredible," said Snook. "One's outlook on any given situation is so important. We addressed the confrontation of fear and how living outside your comfort zone can lead to incredible opportunities - then we sang. It was such a positive atmosphere."
Just after their conversation on fear, two camp-goers got up on stage to perform with Snook.
"Their peers erupted in applause and standing ovations after their performance. It was so fun to watch."
Snook now heads to Philadelphia to perform at the 2013 U.S. Open.
LENEXA, Kan. (June 10th, 2013) - Country recording artist Matt Snook was at it again, performing at the Cars 4 Heroes event at Old Shawnee Pizza on Saturday, June 8th. Sponsored by the venue and 101FM The Fox, the day saw another car given away - this time to deserving veteran David Jay (DJ) Vandewater II - as Snook performed a two-hour set of originals from all three of his albums, including new song "This Life Ain't For Everyone".
"It's always an honor to be part of an event that benefits someone that has served our country," said Snook. "It was fun fusing 101FM The Fox's classic rock music, my country music, and a great lunch provided by Old Shawnee Pizza to support an incredible cause."
The car was a long-needed break for Vandewater, who, after serving in the Navy for over five years, was honorably discharged do to a heart condition.
This is Snook's second performance for Cars 4 Heroes this year - the first in April at the 6th Annual Cars 4 Heroes Golf Tournament at Dubbs Dredd Golf Course in Kansas City. He'll next be performing this week at the 2013 U.S. Open in Philadelphia.
NORTH KANSAS CITY, Mo. (April 27th, 2013) - Despite short notice, country recording artist and Missouri native Matt Snook found himself right where he was meant to be on Friday, April 26th - performing for the 2013 Workers' Memorial Day Event at The Builders’ Association Education and Training Center. Singing the Star Spangled Banner and originals Solid Ground and I Got Your Back, it quickly became apparent to Snook that this was no ordinary gig.
"I decided to sing Solid Ground in memory of those killed on the job, and I Got Your Back for hope and inspiration," said Snook. "After my performance, I talked to a gentleman that had lost his brother on the job. He told me hearing Solid Ground brought him peace... It's easy to forget the power music can have. Any time I get to experience the wonderful effect of music I feel blessed. It was an honor to be a part of this event."
The event also included speeches by The Builders' Association's President Don Greenwell, OSHA Region VII's Regional Administrator Chuck Adkins, and Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO's President Pat “Duke” Dujakovich.
Snook is gearing up for a rigorous summer tour schedule and recently released his latest studio album, Forget, which is now available on iTunes.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (April 19th, 2013) - Always eager to serve those that serve our country, recording artist Matt Snook lent his voice to the 6th Annual Cars 4 Heroes Golf Tournament at Dub's Dread Golf Club on Thursday, April 18th. The event, which raised money for veterans and their families, also gifted eight cars to needy military families. Snook kicked off the event by performing the Star Spangled Banner and, later, gave a post-tournament performance of new song I've Got Your Back.
"The idea that those that have so selflessly served our country could come home to hardship blows my mind," said Snook. "I'm always eager to help out both active military and our veterans any chance I get. What Cars 4 Heroes has done today is an incredible thing and I'm so proud to have been a part of it."
Snook recently released his latest studio album Forget, which is available for purchase on iTunes.
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (March 26th, 2013) - Due to the success of his initial CD release party for album Forget in Blue Springs earlier this month, country recording artist and Missouri native Matt Snook has scheduled a second CD release party to be held Friday, April 5th at No Place in St. Joseph beginning at 6pm.
Snook held his initial CD release show at the Skylight Bar and Grill on March 9th with an overwhelming turnout of 325 people - putting the venue at capacity - despite performances by Dierks Bentley and Miranda Lambert just a few miles away.
"To see the turnout we did with Dierks and Miranda both being in town was incredible," said Snook. "I want to make sure everyone north of the river has the opportunity to join in the fun and I'm looking forward to doing it all over again on the 5th."
Forget was produced by Josh Mendez at Nashville's Studio Red and is already available on iTunes.
Doors open at 6pm and admission to the event is $5, with the first 50 attendees receiving a signed CD with the price of admission. CD's will also be available for purchase, as well as other merchandise. For more information regarding this event or No Place, please visit www.noplacestjoe.com.
BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (February 11th, 2013) - Country recording artist and Missouri native Matt Snook is set to celebrate the release of his latest studio effort, Forget, at the Skylight Restaurant & Bar on March 9th at 9pm. This will mark Snook's third album release since moving to Nashville in August 2010, having previously released a self-titled EP and Perfect Sense, released in 2012.
An Edgerton, Missouri-native, Snook tapped into his musical talents at a young age, winning his first talent competition at age six. His childhood consisted of trips across the United States to perform at Oprys and country theaters. "My parents were never pushy, but always supportive. The road trips were every bit as fun as the performances themselves," said Snook.
As an adult, he performed regularly in several bands in the Kansas City area before relocating with his wife Stephanie and two sons to Nashville. Despite a rigorous tour schedule, Snook spends much of his time working with the Troops First Foundation and the America’s Huey 091 Foundation - participating in five over seas tours over the past five years. With these platforms and a heart to serve, Snook continues his plight as a recording artist with the hopes of shining light on those that serve our country.
"I've been fortunate to meet so many talented people and create and record the music I have over the last few years. I'm excited to share everything Forget has to offer and am hoping it positively impacts my fans."
Forget was produced by Josh Mendez at Nashville's Studio Red and is already available on iTunes.
Doors open at 6pm and admission to the event is $5, with the first 50 attendees receiving a signed CD with the price of admission. CD's will also be available for purchase, as well as other merchandise. For more information regarding this event or Skylight Restaurant & Bar, please visit www.skylightmo.com.
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