Matt Corby is a raspy-voiced Australian singer and songwriter with several charting, award-winning original songs. Raised on gospel music and later developing a fondness for Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young, Corby played locally in his native Sydney and toured with a church band before finishing second on Australian Idol in 2007.
Scorpio Music released his intimate, acoustic guitar-based debut EP, Song For…, in 2009, after which Corby relocated to London, England and signed with the Communion label. They issued the EPs My False and Transition to Colour in 2010. The songwriter soon had some of his tunes licensed for American and Australian television series, including Home and Away and Brothers and Sisters. Meanwhile, he performed at the SXSW music festival in in the U.S. in addition to shows in Australia and the U.K., the latter of which included support dates with Elbow. A fourth EP, Into the Flame, arrived in late 2011 and featured a bluesier sound with more forceful vocals.
By the end of 2012, Into the Flame had been certified platinum multiple times over in Australia, where it reached number three. His next single, "Resolution," from a 2013 EP of the same name, also hit the Top Five of the singles chart and won an ARIA for Song of the Year. The EP Live on the Resolution Tour followed before the end of the year. Corby reemerged in the fall of 2015 with the soulful single "Monday" from his full-length debut, Telluric, issued by Universal Music Australia and Atlantic in March 2016. With the album hitting the charts in the U.K., New Zealand, and topping the album chart in Australia, Corby embarked on a world tour in support of the release.
Retreating back to his home in New South Wales, Corby became a father, while also putting down the beginnings of his sophomore album. Recorded at the Music Farm Studios in Byron Bay with Corby playing all the instrumentation, the resulting Rainbow Valley was issued in late 2018. The following year, he paired with Tash Sultana for the single "Talk It Out." ~ Marcy Donelson