Matthew Shell (MTS)


MATTHEW SHELL (aka MTS) is the founder and CEO of MTS Music Productions. He is a music producer, audio production engineer, and a music business instructor. Shell is best known globally for his solo productions, as well as for his work as songwriter and producer for a wide range of musical acts across genres, including the star studded supergroup, The Groove Project.

DETAILED BIO (2009 – Present)

MATTHEW SHELL is a versatile music producer, audio engineer, and multi-instrumentalist Shell based in Rockville, MD. He specializes in the genres of jazz, rock, R&B, pop, and soul.

Shell’s work on the production for Marcus Johnson’s album FLO CHILL reached #2 on Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Chart in 2009. Later that year he worked as the engineer on O.A.R.’s album RAIN OR SHINE that reached #5 on the Independent Albums Chart and also #7 on the US Alternative Albums Chart. In 2011, his work on GRAMMY® Nominee Carolyn Malachi’s BEAUTIFUL DREAMER was featured on FOX 5 DC Morning News.

In 2012, Shell’s album FREEDOM, his collaboration with flautist Trey Eley was launched by the Recording Academy via a Worldwide Exclusive First Listen at GRAMMY.com in 2012.

In 2013, Shell collaborated with GRAMMY® nominated Arun Shenoy on GENESIS, a jazz instrumental that became the lead single on the full-length album, VICTORIOUS. Shell engineered the song IT’S A JUNGLE OUT HERE for Philip Lawrence, featured on the RIO 2 film soundtrack in 2014.

Shell released his next album SPIRITUAL RELATIONSHIP: THE DEEPER MEANING in 2015 with the music on the album conceived by Shell over a period of 15 years. In 2017, Shell released an hour-long jazz opus titled FIRST LIGHT. This complex arrangement features 17 key changes and 20 tempo changes. It was arranged by Shell in a single twelve-hour session, then over the course of a month, vocalist Kenny Wesley and a team of session musicians helped to bring the arrangement to life in an organic way.

Other notable album productions by Shell since then include TOWARDS NEW BEGINNINGS I & II SONGS OF HEALING, CONTEMPLATION, NEW PERSPECTIVE, ELEMENTAL (with Arun Shenoy), and The Groove Project’s three most recent albums including VOLUME 2: THE WINDS OF CHANGE which was made into a music film with editor Ken Lasso featuring pianists Jordan Rudess, Fahir Atakoglu, Derek Sherinian, Adam Holzman, and Ed Roth.

Shell has collaborated with GRAMMY® winners Paul Jackson Jr., Jeff Lorber, Wouter Kellerman, Ricky Kej, Laura Sullivan, Jim Kimo West, Rocio Marron, and Kabir Sehgal, among others. Shell has produced for and/or collaborated with several other artists including 8-time GRAMMY® nominee Gerald Albright, GRAMMY® nominee Greg Adams, Douglas Lira, Nelly’s Echo, Art Auré, Substantial, Tiffany Alvord, Molly Moore, VICU, Jawan, Adriel Genet, Michael Peloso, Marisa Frantz, Erik Fredricksen, Melloe D, Angie Nicole, Natalie Jean, Juliet Lyons, Nathan Nasby, Colling Brooks, Drew Oliva Tillman, G.P. Jackson, Javier Starks, Taurus Soul, Danielle Withers, Alexis D’Souza, Jake Elmendorf, Kathy Sanborn, Darrick Atwater, Vahagn Stepanyan, Sami Turunen, Hector Ruano, Glenn Welman, Jonathan Wesley, Strat Carter, Masa Takumi, Selena Gomez, and DJ Flexx for WPGC 95.5, among others.