MATT NAKOA grew up on a small goat farm in Upstate New York and began writing music as a teenager. Following a formative stint as a concert pianist, he won a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. There, Matt studied closely with song-greats Pat Pattison and Livingston Taylor, receiving top honors in songwriting and vocal performance. He also collaborated with Grammy award winners Esperanza Spaulding and Kathy Mattea. His first solo album, 2012's Light In The Dark, was received as an eclectic pop/rock masterpiece. A Dozen Other Loves (2014) explores a mainly acoustic palette. This avenue has led to folk radio airplay and performances with veteran songsmiths Patty Larkin, Ellis Paul, and Tom Rush. A disarming performer, Matt tours internationally, recently giving concerts at The White House and throughout India. Matt is a 2014 Kerrville New Folk Winner and a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Most Wanted Artist. Additionally, his piano music has received favorable reviews in publications including The New York Times, and his film scoring has been featured at BAM, and on Disney.com. Matt is currently based in Brooklyn.