With a raspy and world-weary vocal, Matt Woods writes about the darkest realities of love, loss, and depression in futuristic soul songs that cut to the bone. Woods grew up in the coastal town of Newquay, where he was always a keen observer of people and relationships. With an ex-West End actress and singer for a mum, Woods was exposed to musical theatre and classical compositions from a young age, playing the violin and singing in the cathedral choir. That was his world until his mid teens, when he became entranced by the hard-edged folk music of Ray Lamontagne, and the iconic voices of Nina Simone and Otis Redding. He then taught himself guitar, and nurtured the distinctive vocal he has today – a gritty, soulful instrument.