Pop/R&B Artist Matt Palmer Steps up to the Microphone in Stranger Than Fiction, His 7-Song EP and Gay Debut
Pop/R&B Artist Matt Palmer Steps up to the Microphone in Stranger Than Fiction
Seven-Song EP Available June 24
NEW YORK – (May 21) – R&B/Pop singer-songwriter Matt Palmer is preparing to release his brand new EPStranger Than Fiction onJune 24. His soaring melodies and heartfelt lyrics have led to collaborations with some of music’s most exciting producers and songwriters, including Oak Felder (Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown), Fraser T. Smith(ADELE, Britney Spears) and the Jackie Boyz(Madonna, Justin Bieber).
The seven-song EP marks Palmer’s first release as an openly gay musician. After graduating from NYU’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music and writing for pop acts like Big Time Rush andLeon Thomas, Matt felt the urge to start writing and performing songs from his own perspective.
According to Palmer, “[t]here is a limit to how much of yourself can be put into songs for other people. There are less limitations writing for yourself.” This new creative freedom allowed him explore genres and lyrical themes only hinted at on his previous releases, and collaborate with new producers DFRNS and Drew Scotty (Fantasia, Dawn Richard).
Stranger Than Fiction’sfirst single, “Teardrops,” is an urban-pop take on unrequited love and puts an adult spin on Taylor Swift’s “Teardrops on my Guitar.” The EP also includes the radio-ready pop soul of “Break-Up,” glittery EDM of “Whatever it Takes” and the stripped down, piano-and-vocal-only “Free.”
In addition to creating Stranger Than Fiction, Palmer spent the past year covering artists like Sam Smith, Mariah Carey, One Direction andDrake for his Cover Art series on his official YouTube channel. His latest cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” debuted at Homorazzi.com on May 13 and garnered over 10,000 views in its first week. Matt gives the soulful ballad an electro-R&B makeover, and showcases his passionate vocals over the synth and kickdrum backdrop.
Matt’s excellent rendition of “Stay With Me” can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUbP_m4lwRw
Stranger Than Fiction arrives June 24. For more information on Matt Palmer, please visit mattpalmermusic.net.