Matisyahu, born Matthew Paul Miller, is an American reggae musician.
Known for blending traditional Jewish themes with reggae and rock sounds, Matisyahu is most recognizable for previously being a member of Chabad-Lubavitch, a chassidic group of Judaism. As such, Matisyahu stands out for wearing the traditional clothing of Hasidic Jews and not performing on the Sabbath.
Since 2004, he has released two studio albums (Shake off the Dust…Arise and Youth) as well as one live album, two remix CDs and one DVD featuring a live concert, and a number of interviews. The music, developed partly with his backing band Roots Tonic has a unique sound, mixing reggae, traditional rap, and guitar solos typical of rock music. Through his short career, Matisyahu has teamed up with some of the biggest names in reggae production including Bill Laswell and duo Sly & Robbie.
Since his debut, Matisyahu has received positive reviews from both rock and reggae outlets including Top Reggae Artist of 2006 by Billboard and was named the “most intriguing reggae artist in the world” by Esquire. His latest album, Youth, became the number one digital album on Billboard’s website upon its release in 2006. Currently, Matisyahu has begun writing new songs for his next album that should be released in early 2008.
As a musician speaker, Matisyahu brings intelligence and humor to tales of his upbringing and adventures in the recording industry. Music lover and thought-provoker, Matisyahu delivers unforgettable music and speeches in a motivational or corporate setting. He is a perfect choice for start-up companies looking to ignite a creative fire among their team, or a gathering of young people who are just setting out in their life’s journey.
"He was absolutely fabulous on stage -- students LOVED him! He sang a few songs and conducted a witty and wise Q&A with the audience. Very invested in the students."- Director of Assembly Series & Special Projects, Washington University, St. Louis
"We had SUCH a great show with Matisyahu! The crowd was over 1,500, which is a 3-year record for our organization at that venue. Thanks again for all your hard work to make this event happen! We look forward to working with you again in the future."- Program Advisor, University of South Carolina