• UWA closes spring season of 2nd Saturday concert series with Tana Matz

    Posted: March 25, 2016

    Author: Public Relations

    The University of West Alabama wraps the spring season of 2nd Saturday with singer-songwriter Tana Matz performing on campus April 9. The Saturday night performance is set for 8 p.m. in the courtyard of Gilbert Hall. The show is free and open to the public.

    A Cincinnati native, Matz has been performing since she was a teenager, after teaching herself to play guitar learning to play piano by ear. She has opened for leading country music acts Kellie Pickler, Kip Moore, Brett Eldredge, John Rich, Dustin Lynch, Joe Nichols, and Cole Swindell, calling Swindell one of the “nicest” artists she’s opened for on tour.

    “Apparently he listened to my show and left me a big poster that he’d written this really awesome and inspiring message on,” Matz recalled. “That was so cool to me. And it was a sold-out show, so the audience was incredible.”

    Matz calls her own music a mix somewhere between “Kelsea Ballerini, maybe a little Dixie Chicks, and Jessie James Decker.”

    She says she’s a fan of all genres of music, and artists from different genres have helped shape her style.

    “From the time I understood what music is and who artists were, I would say Britney Spears was the first big influence, followed by Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, and Taylor Swift,” she said.

    Matz’s newly-released EP, “Just Fly” is available on her website, and her music videos, including originals and covers, are hits on her YouTube channel.

    For more information on UWA’s 2nd Saturday series, contact Jason Gardner in the Student Activities office at 205-652-3624.

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