Hi my name is Matthew Orts and I was born on June 23, 1991. I have been blind since birth and I love to sing, play piano and write songs. I also love to dance. I have Puerto Rican descent from my mother and Cuban descent from my father.
Growing up I've always loved to sing. I started singing at age three (though not professionally), and playing piano at age twelve. I do everything by ear because I trained my ear to listen to every sound and try to hum along with the pitch of the sound. A lot of people ask me how I sing and play songs without looking at lyrics or music sheets and I just simply say that I do it all by ear and I memorize them. When I was fourteen years old, I started to test my musical abilities by writing songs.
My first song that I ever wrote was "Teenage Life", and it's lyrics discussed the positives of being a teenager. Although the song was simple enough for me to write, I didn't really like it that much because it wasn't really the kind of song I wanted to sing. I thought it was quite terrible once I looked back at the song after I wrote it. I liked writing the song just to write it, but it's my first song so I have to start somewhere, but I just didn't feel the song so I got rid of it. I wrote one more song called "Happy Day", which was a song that talks about waking up and feeling happy. The song was easy for me to write, but I got rid of it because I felt that the song was just not right for me. It was kind of cheesy and I didn't want that.
My first couple of songs were just more like songs that I wrote just to write them, and I didn't really think about it. The reason why they weren't all that great was because I was new to the rhythms and putting words to rhythms and things like that, so even though it rhymed, it didn't necessarily turn out great. I wasn't too hard on myself because at thirteen or fourteen years old, nobody is really all that great at songwriting because
it's an experience that you learn from. At that age you're just starting to find yourself and it's really hard. However, as time goes on and one grows up they become much more experienced and they learn to express themselves in a more articulate manner. That's why I took a break from writing songs for a little while.
Writing and singing songs is something very important to me. If I get the opportunity to sing in front of a record executive, I want them to notice that I'm a young talent and full of energy, but I also want to be taken seriously as an artist. People look at me when they see me perform and they talk about the image and if it's not what they thought, they'd be like, "We knew he'd be just another pop singer without a personality." I like pop music because it reflects my personality, and when I write songs I want people to notice the same thing as well. Even though I took a break from songwriting, I continued to heavily perform and expose myself to any and every audience that I possibly could, performing in many talent shows and receiving standing ovations from the audience.
I want people to understand that I have a passion for music, and that it's very true to my emotions and personality. I wasn't put on this Earth to be a poser or a phony. I am myself, and nobody else but myself, and that will never change. I do my best when the song is a personal song. Sometimes it's lonely and sad, sometimes it's exciting. Either way, I consider all my music to be personal in some ways, even the songs that aren't necessarily personal. I hope to get a recording contract in the near future, and I'm working very hard at launching my music career.