Please introduce yourself, what you do, why you do it, and what you want people to know about you.
My name is Matthew Wade and I am a singer songwriter and recording artist and I create inspirational alternative rock music.
I perform under the moniker My Silent Bravery which to me symbolizes inner strength, perseverance, persistence, and the ability to overcome obstacles. I hope that people who listen to my music leave more inspired than when they came.
What qualities make you different and unique from everyone else in the industry?
I specialize in and create inspirational alternative rock music. I feel what makes me stand out is my uplifting positive message. A silver lining runs through my music, and that’s intentional. When I go out to play shows, it’s not about me. It’s about the audience. That’s what I want listeners to walk away with. I hope they’ll feel more uplifted and motivated than when they came.
Describe THAT moment when you realized you wanted to do what you do now. Who did you tell first? What has it been like since that moment?
My musical journey began when I was 18. I had a high school senior project where I learned how to play the guitar and wrote my first song. It was a big turning point in my life, as it was one of the first times I felt like I was choosing what I wanted to learn about and explore. Coincidentally, the song I wrote called “Side of the Road” was featured on the hit TV show One Tree Hill several years later and was one of my first big achievements. Since I realized I was on my path, life has felt more fulfilling.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve had to face and how did you overcome it?
I had a sports injury in my youth that ignited my love of music into a full-time passion in the wake of a life-changing injury. I was in Australia, studying abroad in my senior year at college. I was doing some shoulder shrugs in a gym and ended up herniating a couple of discs in my neck.
When I came back to the U.S., I sought treatment for several years. I tried massage therapy, acupuncture, physical therapy, you name it. But no one was able to help me. This put me at a crossroads because I’d always been very athletic and sociable and the injury was debilitating my enjoyment of life.
My brother suggested that I follow a more spiritual approach, based in part on Kabbalah, the ancient Jewish school of mystical knowledge. The positivity that energizes my music today began to color my outlook. Through spiritual work, the chronic pain lessened. I explored new paths — and the universe guided me back to music.
I still deal with chronic pain on a daily basis but that is part of the journey for me. I think it keeps me grounded and more connected to people. We are all going through our daily challenges and I am no different.
If you had to pick the TOP 3 people you’d want to meet that could take your career (or business) to the next level…who would those 3 people be?
There are a lot of musicians and people in the music industry that I would love to work with. I’m not sure that just meeting them would take my career to the next level but I’m sure I could learn a lot from so many people. I would love to collaborate with Eminem, Dave Matthews, and John Mayer for starters!
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