MATT NAKOA grew up on a small goat farm in New York State, and began composing music as a teenager. Throughout high school, he studied classical piano and toured regionally giving recitals of the Masters, as well as his own compositions. Matt won scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where he received top honors in songwriting and vocal performance. While at Berklee, he studied closely with song-greats Pat Pattison and Livingston Taylor, and collaborated with grammy-winners Esperanza Spaulding and Kathy Mattea. Matt’s first solo album, 2012's "Light In The Dark", has received praise as an eclectic pop/rock masterpiece. 2014's "A Dozen Other Loves" dons a mainly acoustic palette, which has led to heavy folk radio airplay and performances with folk veterans like Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis and Ellis Paul. Matt is a 2014 Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk Winner, as well as an Emerging Artist at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. An exciting performer, Matt tours internationally and has recently given concerts at The White House and in India. His piano music has been recorded for LP Classics, a Brooklyn NY based classical label, and received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), the NY International Short Film Festival, and on Disney.com. Matt currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.