Portrait of Matt B, winner of InterContinental Music Awards 2023, posing for their award

Matt B

InterContinental Music Awards Winner

2023 – Best of Africa | African Pop

GRAMMY®-Nominated singer, songwriter, and Recording Academy/GRAMMYs Voting member ‘Matt B’ was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He released his Japanese debut album “LOVE & WAR” in September 2014, and it went #1 on the iTunes R&B Charts. His sophomore album “DIVE” released in January 2016 and also hit #1 on the iTunes R&B Charts. After reaching critical acclaim in Japan, Matt’s imprint continued to spread overseas. His single ‘Color Blind’ went viral in China, accruing over 158 million streams on the NetEase platform.

Matt signed with Priority Records in 2017 & released his 4-track EP ‘RISE’ in 2018—which was produced exclusively by Bryan-Michael Cox. Matt had his nationwide television debut performing at the 2019 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. In December 2019, he released ‘No Days Off’–which also featured GRAMMY-nominated poet, J. Ivy. 

Matt B’s debut US album, EDEN, ranked #3 in the US and #5 in Canada on the iTunes R&B Albums Chart. It also debuted in the Top 40 for R&B Albums on Billboard. Following its release, Matt released his hit single ‘Gimme Love’, which features Ugandan superstar, Eddy Kenzo. ‘Gimme Love’ peaked at #36 on the Billboard US Afrobeats Chart and has accrued more than 5M streams globally. It has won nearly 20 awards. Matt recently took home 9 LIT Talent Awards and 5 Global Music Awards, most notably for Best Male Vocalist. Matt B secured a GRAMMY nomination for his record ‘Gimme Love’.