As a young man, Matt decided to live his life in pursuit of meaning and purpose, inspired and creative. His choices have taken him around the world, studying ancient healing modalities with indigenous cultures, working in hospital ICUs, morgues, and cancer research, to the fast-paced world of the technology industry, and working with, and learning from, legendary musicians and songwriters. Urmy's passion for language has permeated each day of his life, and he remains entranced by the study of music, healing, poetics, business, politics and consciousness. He is based in Nashville, TN.
technology & business
After years of performing in cities across the country, Urmy set out to build a software platform that would integrate the touring ecosystem and bring the industry a new way to manage the business of touring, as well as create new opportunities for artists to gain access to growth capital and services. His vision became the company, Artist Growth, which now serves clients around the world such as, Vector Management, Red Light Management, Universal Music Group, William Morris Endeavor, and many more. To learn more: www.artistgrowth.com
Music & songwriting
Urmy turned to songwriting early in life, and it has remained a central core of his existence. Spending the decade of his twenties studying the great lyricists and storytellers of the world, he honed his own style and craft. In 2010, he recorded his first official studio album with the legendary Cowboy Jack Clement. During the course of production, a fire at Cowboy's home and studio took all of the tapes and files. By a stoke of luck, years later, the files were recovered from a hard drive and the album, now titled Out Of The Ashes, was released in March, 2017. To learn more about Urmy's music, read reviews, and listen, click HERE.
poetry & language
Urmy graduated from the University of Tennessee with a BA in creative writing, with an emphasis on poetry. There he studied under the poets Marilyn Kallet and Art Smith. In 2007, his first chapbook, Ghosts In A House, was published by Finishing Line Press in Georgetown, KY. He then earned his M.F.A at Spalding University. His first full length collection, The Rain In The Bell, was published in 2015 by Iris Press.