“In a time of influencers and online personas, what’s real is blurred and connection even more scarce,” says Blais. “Despite these forces of oppression, we’re all connected spiritually and technologically, and I created this album with a lot of hope.”
On "In Shadow and Light", the born and raised Calgarian reveals his chops as a chameleonic songwriter, weaving blues influences, rock ‘n’ pop hooks, slithering atmospherics, and twangy flourishes. Indeed, Blais is an artist that fits as comfortably alongside the best of his roots-rock contemporaries.
Blais has collaborated with Sam Roberts, played nearly a thousand shows, including opening slots for Monster Truck, The Strumbellas, The Trews, and Blue Rodeo, trod some of Alberta’s biggest festival stages—Calgary Stampede’s Coca-Cola Stage, Big Valley Jamboree, and more. With awards such as Male Artist of the Year at the YYC Music Awards (2018) and Best Rock Song at the "The Great American Song Contest” (2016), he has solidified his reputation as a force on and off the stage.
Road-worn and refined, introspective and biting, Matt Blais illuminates the light that is found in the darkness.