Upon first glance, Matt Walden looks like a typical teen heartthrob: blonde hair, blue-green eyes, and the perfect bone structure for selfies. With thousands of social media followers, and girls commenting “MARRY ME, MATT” on his Instagram pictures, you’d expect a 20-year-old guy on the cusp of stardom to get an ego. However, when discussing his humble beginnings, his true passion for music, and how he’s learning to market his burgeoning career, Walden becomes a lot less “Harry Styles” and a lot more “boy-next-door.”
“I was 13 years old when I realized I wanted to be a musician,” Walden begins. He started with piano lessons and recitals as a child, and later received a guitar from accomplished local musician, Billy Rice. As the years passed, Walden grew to realize that being a singer/songwriter was his dream.