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Announcing Keynote Speaker Matt Butler

Tuesday, June 4, 2019  
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Matt Butler - Road to Recovery

Matt Butler is a folk artist, a rock’n roller, and a storyteller. He first gained notoriety as the lead singer of the New York-based band Reckless Sons, who signed a development deal with Island Def Jam/Mercury Records and released two EPs. Butler toured the United Kingdom (including main stage appearance at the Brighton Beachdown Festival), was a featured performer for TEDx San Francisco, and recorded a single with Jeff Saltzman (The Killers). As a solo artist, Butler has shared bills with the likes of Neil Young, Norah Jones, and Willie Nile.

Butler’s debut solo album, Reckless Son, was released to critical acclaim in September 2016. Immediately following the release, he wrote and performed “Just One,” the original song for the feature length and nationally distributed documentary Generation Found. In November 2016 Butler played a show at Albany County Jail. He has since performed more than 100 shows in correctional facilities, including six shows at Rikers Island and a Behind the Walls Tour of state prisons throughout Ohio.

Butler was honored as a 2017 Leader in Mental Health Awareness by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) alongside Pulitzer Prize Winner Ron Powers and Super Bowl Champion Keith O’Neil. He joined the 2018 Vans Warped Tour where he performed daily on the Transform Stage and supported FEND Movement, an opiate prevention and education initiative for teens. While on tour he released two new singles and launched theJust One Foundation which brings art with a mission and a message into underserved communities.


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