Resilience Music Alliance is proud to announce the addition of acclaimed 17-year-old pianist and organist Matthew Whitaker to the label’s growing eclectic roster. Having already appeared on the Today Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show as well as receiving praise from Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, Whitaker is quite literally the inspiration that resilience can have on a person’s life. Born in 2001 at 23-weeks premature, Whitaker developed an eye condition during his 3 months in the hospital which caused his blindness due to the life saving oxygen that he required at birth.
Whitaker has created a truly remarkable album combining original compositions and covers of songs that have influenced him throughout his life. The album, titled Now Hear This…, is Whitaker’s label debut, produced by GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Brian Bacchus. Whitaker is joined by keyboardist Marc Cary, bassist Yunior Terry, guitarist Dave Stryker, drummer Ulysses Owens Jr., and percussionist Sammy Figueroa.
“Matthew Whitaker is a rarity. A shining light powered by incredible artistry, boundless energy and curiosity and above everything else humanity,” says Resilience Music Alliance President and co-founder Steven Ruchefsky. “In this time, and at anytime, this beacon shouts for our attention. We are humbled to be but a part of the amazing team that will spread that light. Matthew is Resilience.”
The signing of Matthew Whitaker reinforces the mission of Resilience Music Alliance, a label that transcends genre and focuses on empowering artists exploring our collective elemental condition of resilience while conceptualizing projects that resonate with the human spirit. "I'm so excited about my new recording,” says Whitaker. “It's about a celebration of joy, inspiration and hope! Resilience Music Alliance is the perfect partner to help me share my music and to carry its message around the world."