“Redemption and hope through song sums it up when I think of Matt Butler” says Kevin Lyman, the founder of the legendary Vans Warped Tour, who hosted Butler as one of the few solo acoustic acts on the Tour’s final cross country run in 2018; Matt was back as a mainstage performer at the Warped Anniversary show the following year.
In the time before and after, Butler’s been relentlessly on the road performing at everything from stadiums to state prisons. Butler’s latest single ‘Justice or Mercy' is ripped straight from the experience of performing over 150 shows in jails and prisons across the United States. Moreover, the new single exemplifies how Butler’s music shines a light into some of the darkest corners of our world. He’s a staple figure at New York City’s famous ‘Rockwood Music Hall’ and performs in venues as diverse as local high schools, yoga centers and spiritual retreats. He’s also gained recognition as a sought after keynote speaker (with guitar in hand, of course).