Perhaps the only working musician in the world who’s resume includes walking 3200 miles across America, Nashville based artist Matt Vrba has added yet another accomplishment onto his already impressive list, the release of his fifth commercial album, “Lessons Learned”. Since the release of his first album (Everywhere In Between) in 2004, Vrba has criss-crossed America, The Caribbean, and Europe dozens of times, logging over 2000 shows at venues ranging from a sold-out performance at Chicago’s House Of Blues, and LA’s famed Viper Room, to huge festivals such as The North Beach Festival in San Francisco, and The Bite of Seattle.
Throughout all his touring, Vrba has created a name for himself as one of the most charismatic and entertaining live performers around. Oh yeah, and he’s a pretty darn good songwriter too. An old soul, who’s logged more life experience than most people twice his age, Vrba writes from the perspective of someone who has been there, and it translates over flawlessly into beautifully catchy tales of heartbreak, highway, and occasionally… mustaches.
Song’s from all five of Vrba’s albums have made their way to numerous national television programs, commercials, films, and radio stations around the world. In February of 2008, he auditioned (along with 35,000 others) for NBC’s reality-show Nashville Star. Vrba made it through round after round of call-backs in Portland, Austin, and Nashville, all the way to the semi-finals (a mere 30 artists!) where he performed for Jewel, John Rich, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Jeff Steele, and he appeared on the first episode of the show which aired on NBC. More recently, Vrba spent some time writing and performing in the Caribbean with country superstars such as David Lee Murphy, James Otto, Chuck Wicks, Joe Nichols, Randy Rogers, Jessica Andrews, Ira Dean, Steel Magnolia, and Joanna Smith to name a few.
Despite his busy schedule Vrba still manages to find time to help out a good cause whenever he can. He has donated music and performed for non-profit organizations such as Musicians On Call (other members include Chuck Wicks, James Taylor, and John Mayer), March Of Dimes, Pacific Oncology Center, Toys for Tots, Tsunami Relief, and The Charlotte Maxwell Cancer Clinic.