Matty Mullins is an American musician, singer and song-writer, best known as the lead vocalist of ‘Memphis May Fire,’ one of the premier bands in the metalcore genre. Born in Washington, US, he was raised in a traditional Christian atmosphere. Exposed only to the ‘Christian Contemporary Music’ (CCM) during his childhood, it left a deep impression on his mind. After school graduation, he performed with some local music bands in his native Spokane, Washington. Through an open audition, he gained entry in the metalcore band, ‘Memphis May Fire.’ Mullins is the lead singer as well as the song-writer of the group and together they have created several successful albums, such as ‘The Hollow,’ ‘Unconditional,’ ‘This Light I Hold,’ among others. The official videos of the band have registered more than 40 million views and the group has over 2 million followers on social media. With his albums ‘Matty Mullins’ and ‘Unstoppable,’ he is being billed as an emerging CCM solo artist.
Childhood & Early Life
Matty Mullins was born on July 3, 1988, at Spokane, Washington, in a conservative Christian family. His father was a pastor. He studied at the ‘Shadle Park High School.’
He grew up listening to the ‘Christian Radio and pop music’ and slowly it became a part of him. Due to his family’s beliefs, he could only listen to Christian faith based music and his mother often took him to Christian rock concerts. His father was a musician during his young days, so Mullins had his family’s support through his music journey.
According to him, the ‘Christian Contemporary Music Groups’ (CCM), such as ‘Audio Adrenaline,’ ‘Petra,’ and ‘MercyMe,’ among others, made a huge impression on him. After graduating from the school, he initially played with a number of local music groups in Spokane and also did jobs like selling shoes at Nordstrom’s.
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The band ‘Memphis May Fire’ was formed in 2006, and their lead singer, Chase Ryan, left the band in 2008. Thereafter, the band took open auditions for a replacement, but didn’t find a suitable candidate even after more than hundred auditions. Mullins sent his tape to the Dallas-based group and was selected. He was 19 when he joined ‘Memphis May Fire’ in 2008.
The first album that he did with the band was ‘Sleepwalking’ in 2009, followed by an EP, ‘Between the Lies’ in 2010. His subsequent albums with the band were ‘The Hollow’ (2011), ‘Challenger’ (2012), ‘Unconditional’ (2014), and ‘This Light I Hold’ (2016). The album ‘Unconditional’ debuted at number 4 on the ‘Billboard 200’ and their next album, ‘This Light I Hold,’ was also a commercial success. Along with being the lead vocalist, he is also the main song-writer for the group. Through his songs, he often expresses his own (religious) beliefs and his experiences during his years of struggle.
A controversy arose during a ‘Memphis May Fire’ show in the ‘2013 Vans Warped Tour,’ when Mullins criticized some girls in the audience, as he found their way of dressing indecent. A number of people felt insulted and he faced a lot of criticism. Through interviews, he later apologized for his choice of words.
He released his solo album ‘Matty Mullins’ in 2014. For this album, he worked with Cameron Mitzell, who looked after the instrumental and programming part. (Mitzell has produced records for ‘Memphis May Fire’ as well as other contemporaries, including ‘Sleeping with Sirens,’ ‘The Word Alive,’ ‘Capture the Crown’ among others). The two of them started the work for an EP, but when the work progressed well, they decided on a complete album.
His solo debut album harmoniously blends the melody and pop beats with earnest, worshipful devotion and features numbers such as ‘See You in Everything,’ ‘More of You,’ ‘Glory,’ ‘99% Soul,’ and ‘My Dear,’ among others. It was released through ‘Rise Records’ and debuted at number 66 on the ‘Billboard 200 Charts.’
This Christian Pop singer’s sophomore album, ‘Unstoppable,’ is a collection of the tracks which radiate joy and devotion. Mitzell is the music producer of this album as well. For the lyrics of the album, Mullins collaborated with others, such as Pete Kipley for the number ‘Until I Need You.’ The title track, that spreads hope, features Jordan Feliz. The album was released in 2017 through ‘BEC Recordings.’
Mullins has performed at prestigious festivals, such as ‘Riot Fest’ (US), ‘Soundwave’ (Australia), and ‘Download’ (UK). He has performed as a guest singer for contemporary bands including ‘Sleeping with Sirens,’ ‘Woe, Is Me,’ ‘Spoken,’ ‘For Today,’ and ‘Yellowcard.’
Mullins married Brittany, when he was 18 years old. They reside in Nashville, Tennessee.