*For those of you around the globe lucky enough to catch a Brian McKnight concert, you’ve no doubt witnessed the talents of his opening act, Matt Cusson.
The soulful award winning singer/songwriter who credits his style from the likes of Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Djavan and Take 6 will be releasing his lauded ballad “One of Those Nights” through the Spectra Jazz label on November 15, 2010 on Amazon and iTunes.
The song captured a unanimous win in 2008 from the John Lennon Songwriting contest committee which included legend songwriter Lamont Dozier, and later won the Maxell “Song of The Year” snagging a $20,000 cash prize.
Though other songs (e.g. “Every Step” and McKnight’s “Comfortable”) were the focus of Matt’s performances, it never entered his mind to release the song that started it all.
While the new label Spectra Jazz courted him to release it, Cusson agreed to re-master and enlist arranger Bill Meyers for a lush orchestration.
The song gives homage to Matt’s favorite singer Nat King Cole, but is in every way autobiographical, with its jazzy flavor. Upon writing, Matt states – “it nearly scared me because of the way I was feeling when I wrote it – it was straight out jazz!”
In test markets, radio programmers are agreeing that the song is classic and will set Matt apart as a real musician, giving the public an experience in real music.
Get more info here: www.spectrajazz.com.