Music, like a human heartbeat, is never static. It is a living, breathing form of communication -- a spiritual means of expression that often awakens something deep within our subconscious, speaking to us in a way that can only be defined as transcendent. Matt Stewart, the singer-songwriter known as Finder's Field, lives to keep his finger on that pulse. "We think we have our eyes open," Matt says, "but then we have these moments in our lives when we truly come awake. Music can make that happen."
A storyteller, lyricist and self-taught guitarist, Matt could not escape the omnipresence of music in his life. "My mother earned her Master of Arts in music, so there were always instruments and sheet music lying around my house," recalls Matt. Both Matt and his twin brother, Benjamin, studied piano while Matt also played the French horn and drums. Matt's love for music evolved into an interest in other art forms and he soon realized that he had a passion for theater and an aptitude for dance, which led him to pursue a career in ballet and the performing arts.
A native of Minnesota, Matt was fortunate to attend local Minneapolis high schools with outstanding arts programs. He studied concert, chamber and broadway music under one of his most influential mentors, Judy Sagen, before transferring to the prestigious HARID Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida. After attending HARID, Matt entered the Juilliard School in New York City. Matt graduated from Juilliard in 2003 with a BFA in Dance and immediately joined the corps in the San Francisco Ballet. His dance career led him all over the United States and the world, giving him the opportunity to perform in China and throughout Europe. As a dancer, Matt was known for his ability to engage and captivate his audience so that the viewers felt like they were a part of the performance. He brings that same level of connection to his fans when he performs songs on stage.
Finder's Field fans love the catchy choruses and absorbing hooks of his songs, which include “Halfway Home,” “5,000,” and “Please, Sir.” Yet, it is the storytelling power of Matt's lyrics that develops a personal bond with his audience. "I see the songwriter as a truth teller," defines Matt, who believes that music is his most authentic and emotive means of expression.
Matt Stewart's music is influenced by such diverse artists as Damien Rice, Bob Dylan, and Aaron Copland. With cinematic pop/rock sounds, Finder's Field is a catalytic collision of classical and contemporary. Matt is lauded for the emotional depth of his lyrics, and he inspires his audience to feel a glimmer of hope in his songs.
“Music has the ability to unlock something in your soul. That is why Finder's Field means so much to me,” says Matt.
For Matt, writing and playing songs has always been a form of self-therapy. Even as a child, Matt knew that music would be his calling in life. “Music strongly impacted me as a kid and I have always felt a connection to God through music,” says Matt.
Finder's Field has released two full-length albums: No Return Address (2009) and Halfway Home (2014). In 2019, he began collaborating on projects for tv and film with producers such as Ashley Jana, Rick Seibold, and Pearl Snap Studios. His first single, “Don’t Let Me Go” featuring singer-songwriter-producer Ashley Jana, was released in March, 2020, followed by "Count It All Joy" featuring Doug Moore in May, 2020.