INFO BOXLOCATION: Washington DC, USA | OCCUPATION: Recording Artist, Producer, Engineer, CEO of MTS Music | STYLE: Jazz, Rock, Pop, RnB, Soul | PUBLISHER: MTS Music (ASCAP)
AlbumsTITLE: Film Music – Inspiration for the Jaded Generation | ARTIST: Matthew Shell | YEAR: 2008 | PUBLISHER: MTS Music (BMI) | LABEL: MTS MusicTITLE: Freedom | ARTIST: Trey Eley & Matthew Shell | YEAR: 2012 | PUBLISHER: MTS Music (BMI) | LABEL: MTS MusicTITLE: Victorious (Matthew Shell Presents) | ARTIST: Various Artists | YEAR: 2013 | PUBLISHER: MTS Music (BMI) | LABEL: MTS Music / Narked RecordsTITLE: Spiritual Relationship: The Deeper Meaning | ARTIST: Matthew Shell | YEAR: 2015 | PUBLISHER: MTS Music (BMI) | LABEL: MTS Music / Narked Records
EPsTITLE: Time For Prayer | ARTIST: Matthew Shell | YEAR: 2009 | PUBLISHER: MTS Music (BMI) | LABEL: MTS MusicTITLE: Live Vibe: The Humble Beginnings (Director’s Cut) | ARTIST: Matthew Shell | YEAR: 2016 | PUBLISHER: MTS Music (BMI) | LABEL: MTS Music
SinglesTITLE: Genesis | ARTIST: Matthew Shell & Arun Shenoy | YEAR: 2013 | PUBLISHER: MTS Music (BMI) / Arun Shenoy Music Publishing (BMI) | LABEL: MTS Music / Narked RecordsTITLE: My Baby (MTS Music & DJ Flexx Present) | ARTIST: Ihsan Bilal, Honore & Don Juan | YEAR: 2014 | PUBLISHER: MTS Music (BMI) | LABEL: MTS Music
MATTHEW SHELL (also known as MTS) is a music producer and engineer. Based in Washington DC, his versatile production style spans genres as wide as jazz and rock, to RnB and soul. Matthew writes and produces music released as solo productions under his own name, as well as for other bands and solo artists. He is the founder and CEO of publishing house and record label MTS Music.
Shell’s work on the production for Marcus Johnson’s album Flo: Chill reached #7 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.
Shell’s career as a Recording Artist took off in 2012 when Freedom, his collaboration with Trey Eley was launched by the Recording Academy via a Worldwide Exclusive First Listen at GRAMMY.com in 2012. The album was also featured as one of Generation Bass’ Top Albums for 2012.
In 2013, he collaborated with Arun Shenoy on Genesis, a jazz instrumental single, which received massive airplay and went on to be the lead song on the full length album, Victorious (Matthew Shell Presents), released later in the year.
In 2014, Shell released a single My Baby in association with DJ Flexx. The song featuring the vocal talents of IhsAn Bilal, Honore’ & Don Juan was a song Shell co-wrote and produced for his wife, Terra.
Shell released his follow-up to Victorious in 2015. Titled Spiritual Relationship: The Deeper Meaning, the music on the album was conceived over a period of 15 years by him. During this process, over 200 songs were created and scratched before this final version of 11 songs were picked to be recorded and release as part of this project. Shell’s wife, Terra, inspired the completion of this concept album which goes from two destined souls being alone, to meeting, to growing in love, to protecting each other, to finding true love that lasts a lifetime.
As a music producer, Shell has produced for several other artists including Kenny McNeil, Vicu Schek, Nick Ryan, Marcus Johnson, D2D, Kolten Perine, Greg Adams, and Paul Jackson Jr., remixed for Selena Gomez and assistant engineered for Philip Lawrence. Matthew has also engineered & mixed for Free, Jeff Lorber, Marcus Mitchell, and Gerald Albright, among others.
Shell is currently busy with the production of an hour-long jazz opus titled First Light. The complex arrangement featuring 17 key changes and 20 tempo changes was created by Shell in a single twelve hour session, and has been brought to life on the recording by Vahagn Stepanyan on the piano and upright bass, Kenny Wesley on vocals, and Shell himself on guitar. More updates to follow shortly