A lifelong musician, Matt Hower has over ten years of professional experience as a lyricist, composer, and arranger of rock music. Matt has spent six of those ten years as a professional guitarist including stage experience in two professional bands.
Matt is well educated in the fine art of music and music performance with over nine years of training under professional music instructor and studio guitarist Lyle Long (2011-2020), three years of collegiate level instruction at Front Range Community College and University of Colorado Boulder (2011-2013), and two years of private vocal training with professional vocalist and instructor Christy Wessler at Swallow Hill (2018-2020).
Matt has performed as a contract guitarist for various groups throughout the Denver Metro Area.
His experience includes his role as lead guitarist and business manager for local rock band Merchants of Midnight from 2014 to 2016 with live performances across the Denver Metro Area, a self recorded demo album in 2014, and a professionally recorded studio album in 2016.
Matt was also lead guitarist for local country rock band Tailgate Rockstar Band (TGR) and performed live across Metro Fort Collins and Wyoming from 2016 to 2018. In 2017, TGR was nominated for Best New Artist in the Rocky Mountain Region and performed live with other nominees at the Budweiser Event Center on New Years’ Eve of that year.
Now Matt is putting together a career as a solo and collaborating artist with a wide range of rock and country originals and beloved covers.