The Best Of The Early Years 1993​-​97 Vol. 1

by Matt Norton

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In the Fall of 1993 Matt Norton packed up his belongings and headed 1000 miles south from his home in Montour Falls. NY, to Greenville IL to study the Contemporary Christian music industry. As the sounds of big hair bands and sound's of his youth were being replace by grunge and alternative rock, their was a fresh sound emerging that Matt could not help but be influenced by. Literally right in front of him, in his dorm floor lounge the group Jars Of Clay was formed, writing their infectious songs right outside of his dorm room. Their influence along with Newsboys can be strongly heard in such songs as "Mirror", and "So Crazy". 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 own Studio "A" & "B" over the course of the a two year year period. It is believed that, that same guitar was later was sold to recording artist Plumb.

After Moving To Granite City, IL and Marring Melissa Holloway on September 31,1995 Matt recorded his third full length self produced album "Devotion Wisdom & Love" with some inexpensive digital recording equipment in their Bentley Street upstairs apartment. While both albums have now been long out of print, and some of the masters lost in moving, Matt was able to rescue and restore some of the best tracks from some well worn cassette tapes. While the recordings are not without blemish Matt was able to bring them back to life so that new and old fans alike can enjoy and experience these landmark recordings,

"Devotion Wisdom & Love" sports some of Matt's best song writing with songs like, "The Choice" I Won't Back Down", and My God Is Faithful". The album featured several tracks that were written for Matt and Melissa's Wedding including "The Wedding March that is included in this collection. Songs from this album were also sent to a prominent Christian record company at their request to hear more of Matt's Music.after voicing a favorable response to an early demo of "My Lost Toupee", later released on "Work In Progress" and "Fear Not"!

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released August 31, 2013

All Songs (c) & (P) Matt Norton & Melissa Norton (Matt Norton Music) 2013 pending. Original (C) & (P) 1995,1996 Matt Norton, Melissa Norton, Refining Fire Records

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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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