Friday, March 3, 2023

Queer artist MATHEW V releases new single and live performance video "BIG SPENDER”


Today, Vancouver-hailing jazz singer Mathew V releases his glitzy rendition of Peggy Lee’s “Big Spender.” Written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields for the 1966 musical Sweet Charity, “Big Spender” brings a new layer of romance to Mathew’s album ‘Anything Goes’ out April 14th via 604 Records.

As one of the first songs Mathew knew he wanted on the record, his audacious take on “Big Spender'' creates space for bold attitude and booming vocals that demand attention. Of the song Mathew says, “[Big Spender] has such a level of camp and flirtation and sass which are my favorite parts of this era of music.”

He continues, “Growing up I listened almost exclusively to Shania Twain & Celine Dion. (A very patriotic Canadian household.) I found my love for melody and big vocals from these artists. I also loved Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and Ella Fitzgerald. There was such a timeless quality to their voices that made me feel like an old time movie. I built my vibrato around their voices and I think it's a signature part of my voice today.”

In case you missed it, Mathew recently released his version of George Gershwin’s “The Man I Love.” As the most traditional arrangement on the record, Mathew’s take on Gershwin’s “The Man I Love” pushes the boundaries of conventional jazz from the queer perspective and has already garnered support from Spotify where the song was included in the New Music Friday Canada, Contemporary Blend and Sweet Jazz playlists. The single also reached #1 on the Canada iTunes Jazz Chart.