Matt Lund is a Christian, Husband, Musician, and Educator.
As a musician, Mr. Lund is a performer, recording artist, songwriter, composer, and arranger. He is primarily an electric guitar player, but also plays acoustic, classical, and pedal steel guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, keyboard, drum set, and sings. He has experience playing pop, rock, jazz, fusion, blues, funk, folk, classical, country, bluegrass, worship, and metal. Mr. Lund has released thirteen of his own recordings: The Light of the Son by The Lund McVey Group (jazz and fusion, 2019), Worship 2018 by Rescued Souls (Christian rock and worship, 2018), Matt Lund and the Waggerers (country, blues, bluegrass, and folk, 2018), Matt Lund: Works 2 (a solo album of folk, jazz, and classical compositions), Rescued Souls (original christian rock and worship; 2015), The Lund McVey Group (original jazz and fusion quintet; 2014), Axe Of God (original instrumental metal and progressive rock; 2014), The Lund McVey Group: Live at The Walnut House (2010), The Lund Clements Churchill Trio (fusion originals and covers featuring bassist Bill Clements and drummer Marc Churchill; 2006), Matt Lund: Works (compositions for various chamber ensembles with a folk, jazz, world music sound; 2006), Summer Concert 2003 (original classical, jazz, funk, fusion for an eclectic ensemble), Music by Matt Lund (live ensemble performance of jazz/classical/world music compositions), and Classical Compositions 1997-1999 (original compositions for classical and pop/rock/fusion ensembles). He has performed with many acclaimed musicians including Jeff Coffin, Greg Osby, Danny Baker, Stephon Harris, Tom Harrell, Snooky Young, Narada Michael Walden, Don Aliquo, Jamey Simmons, and Clay Jenkins.
Mr. Lund received a Bachelor of Arts in Music in 1999 from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, where he studied classical guitar with Miles Kusik and composition with Dr. Larry Smith, and performed in the Kalamazoo College Jazz Big Band. While living in Kalamazoo he performed, recorded, composed, and arranged in many original and cover bands, including Burning Tent Revival (original rock), Lovey Howl (pop/rock/dance covers), The Lund Clements Churchill Trio (jazz and fusion standards and originals), Six Demon Bag (improvised music), The Tumblers (americana/folk/country covers and originals), and The Undercats (progressive rock/fusion originals), as well as in pit bands and cabarets, duos with vocalists, and solo jazz and classical guitar. Mr. Lund presented three concerts of original music for chamber ensemble called Music by Matt Lund, Summer Concert 2003, and the CD release performance of Matt Lund: Works. He also received two grants from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo to fund his musical projects.
In 2008, Mr. Lund received a Master of Arts in Jazz Studies from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He studied with Paul Abrams, Shawn Purcell, Jamey Simmons, and Don Aliquo, performed with the MTSU Jazz Ensemble 1 and the MTSU Graduate Jazz Combo, and worked as a graduate assistant in the jazz department. Since receiving his degree, Mr. Lund has been a highly sought after sideman for performances and recording sessions and as a worship leader and worship band member and producer, and has been a member of bands Stealing Seasons, Palladium, and The Japanese Cowboys. He is now active in The Lund McVey Group, The Time Raiders, Rescued Souls, and Axe Of God.
As an educator, Mr. Lund taught guitar lessons at Broughton Music Center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and at The Music Center of South Central Michigan in Battle Creek, Michigan. He was also adjunct faculty at Kellogg Community College in Battle Creek, where he was an instructor of private guitar lessons. Mr. Lund is currently adjunct faculty at MTSU, where he directs the Commercial Music Ensembles and teaches Jazz Guitar Private Instruction and Introduction to Music, is an instructor of lessons at the Murfreesboro Academy of Music, of lessons and camps at Sky Studios (formerly Gene Ford Music) in Brentwood, Tennessee, and is a faculty member of the Guitar Workshop Plus.
Personal Statement: I believe art is a blessing and gift from God, and is important as a glorification of Him, but also as an expression of one's self and a form of communication. I consider expression and communication between people to be essential to our development, coexistence, and happiness. Playing music and guitar are my personal modes of making art, and my calling from God, and I have chosen to make this my career. I also feel called to teach and I believe that passing on what I have learned has made me a better musician and has given others a chance to begin learning about music and guitar and their path to God. The continuing effort to develop myself, my faith, and my artistry, has become my purpose in life and has led me to a feeling of joy, peace, fulfillment, and excitement for the glory of God and His creations!