Musician with Shelton roots has iTunes album launch

Shelton native Matt Bednarsky will release his latest album, “A Bigger Picture,” with an iTunes launch on Tuesday, March 4.

Bednarsky has been living in Nashville, Tenn. for about a year, pursuing his music career “This is where the music scene is today,” he said. “It’s a very communal, open environment. It’s where the most doors and opportunities are.”

He previously lived in New York City, having graduated from New York University in 2009.

Bednarsky is a 2005 Shelton High School graduate, where he was active with the drama club, choir and a capella music groups.

With his base in Nashville, he performs regularly at clubs in the South. The 26-year-old has previously released music EPs and CDs, and his 2012 EP “Happy Go Lucky” reached No. 8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts.

‘Culmination of my music journey’

The songs for the current album were written over the past few years.

“This album is a culmination of my music journey,” Bednarsky said. “You’re always progressing as a person and musician.”

There are 10 songs on the album, and some of the songs were handled by executive producer Ed Cash, well known in the Nashville music scene.

“I wanted to do something that was hard-hitting and heart-hitting,” Bednarsky said. “I wanted people to experience an album — pop it in for a long time.”

Grew up in Huntington

Bednarsky described his music style as being pop-rock with traces of folk, jazz and blues. “Somewhere between James Taylor and John Mayer,” he said.

He is the son of Bruce and Carla Bednarsky, who live in Huntington. While very young, he learned how to play the violin from his grandmother and the guitar from his father.

“Music was a second language in our family,” he said.

Bednarsky makes it back to Shelton a few times a year to visit with family and friends. “I still have tons of friends there,” he said. “People have been really supportive — give my love to Shelton.”

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