Matthew Kay
Matthew Kay
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I started playing guitar at 15 after hearing Led Zeppelin III. I fell in love and only wanted to write rock music and practice until I heard "To the Stars" by Chick Corea. I began to study in earnest after hearing that album and realized music could convey as much information as words.

A couple of years ago I decided to commit even more than the 10-20 hours I spent a day with a guitar in my hands. I knew my thoughts, heart, and soul wanted to be made of music and the only way I ever knew peace of mind was to be creating or honing my skills as a musician.

I am now in the Commercial Music Program at USC Upstate working towards a bachelor's degree.

When I can I study with Karl Sanders of Nile. Speed and control are two cornerstones of his playing, and he has helped my right hand tremendously.

I am a guitar instructor at Greenville Music Academy. I love teaching, but not as much as performing.

In the last year, I have performed in several jazz groups, a fusion group (one gig with Jeff Sipe- awesome!), a blues/funk group, a hip hop group, sideman work with a pop-rock group (American Idol contestant Ali Henderson) in addition to some solo classical and jazz performances. I performed as First Chair with the Guitar Ensemble, soloist with the Latin Jazz Combo, and as soloist for the Upstate Vocal Jazz Ensemble in school.

I have also been creating original works for string quartet and guitar quartet in addition to spending a lot of time transcribing.

I am currently working on a demo and looking to be performing with as many different groups as I can.

My influences are of course, Frank Gambale, Allan Holdsworth, Shawn Lane, Wes Montgomery, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, Al diMeola, Chick Corea, John Scofield, Jimi,Kurt Rosenwinkel, John Mclaughlin, Jimmy Page, and several others I will not list in the interest of brevity.

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Fenyx Rose to Release Three New Singles with ISINA

Fenyx Rose to Release Three New Singles with ISINA

The ISINA Artist of the Month is going to be dropping three new songs with us!

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January 19, 2022
Introducing Kevin “KFlow” Fields

Introducing Kevin “KFlow” Fields

Let's give a warm welcome to the new face and voice of ISINA!

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January 15, 2022

Zoeann Bassett and MiracleTheAli3n Collab on New Release

The ISINA Artist of the Month has teamed up with an ISINA applicant for an awesome new song called "Cassidy St."!

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January 13, 2022
Trending ISINA Artists Update - Early January 2022

Trending ISINA Artists Update - Early January 2022

It’s our first update of the Trending ISINA Artists list in 2022!

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January 11, 2022
ISINA Applicant Spotlight: Amalia

ISINA Applicant Spotlight: Amalia

In the spotlight today: Amalia, a vocalist and songwriter from Yerevan, Armenia!

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January 09, 2022

ISINA Applicant Update - Cmagic5's New Music Release

In the Applicant Spotlight today: Cmagic5, a vocalist from Toronto, Canada!

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January 06, 2022
Kimberly Working on New Song

Kimberly Working on New Song

Our ISINA Artist of the Month has been busy in the studio working on a piece by Walter Afanasieff!

 

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January 04, 2022
ISINA Artist of the Month - January 2022

ISINA Artist of the Month - January 2022

Click through to see who we picked as our first ISINA Artist of the Month in 2022!

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January 02, 2022
Happy New Year from ISINA!

Happy New Year from ISINA!

The ISINA Artist of the Month announcement is coming tomorrow!

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January 01, 2022
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