Direction

by Matt Norton

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As the sounds of big hair bands and Matt's youth were being replace by grunge and alternative rock, Matt could not help but be influenced by the group "Jars Of Clay" as they began formulating their fresh sound just outside of his dorm room. Their influence along with Newsboys, DJ Talk, and many emerging artists of the time can be strongly heard int this primarily alternative rock/dance album in such songs as "Mirror", and "So Crazy".

But Matt did not totally abandon his symphonic Metal/Hard Rock roots as heard in the album "Grand Noble Adventure." Two experimental songs worth noting are "Beyond Faith" essentially a squeal to the song "Grand Noble Adventure" and "Songs of Forgiveness" performed with a female opera singer.

The Power Ballad "Living On Empty" remains today as one of Matt's Most popular songs on Youtube along with "Songs of Forgiveness (Don't Save Your Crying For A Rainy Day)."


Note: Matt borrowed founding Jars Of Clay member Matt Brownlee's acoustic guitar for the recording of The Direction album, which was tracked and mixed in Greenville College's (Greenville, IL) own Studio "A" & "B" over the course of the a two year period. It is believed that, that same guitar was later was sold to recording artist Plumb

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released February 1, 1994

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Matt Norton - Melodic Rock/Ska Band (Journey/Def Leppard vs No Doubt) Watkins Glen, New York

As a young adult and father of three children a deadly liver disease threatened to steel his dreams of a professional music career and turned life as he knew it upside down. Through two liver transplants, near total kidney failure and a deadly blood disorder, Matt learned what it means to truly appreciate life and the creator of life. Aided by brother Tim Matt blends classic and modern rock. ... more

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