Matt’s passion for music is staggering, not just as a musician but as a fan as well. Based in Brandon, Manitoba, Matt has been playing in bars, clubs and outdoor festivals since he was 17 years old with various Western Manitoba original and cover bands ranging from alternative metal to indie-folk and hasn’t slowed down since. Matt’s earliest influences come from hard and heavy classic rock ranging from Alice in Chains, Joe Satriani, Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper. He isn’t afraid to wear his influences on his sleeves. 

In 2017, Matt released 4 EPs under his instrumental rock project titled “Engines of Creation”. He wrote, recorded, mixed and mastered everything himself. Cory says, “I have always been a big Joe Satriani fan and once I discovered how to write melodies like him I couldn’t stop writing.” Matt began fronting his own band in 2018 as lead vocalist, covering songs from bands such as Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots and Filter. After a year of playing covers fronting a cover band, Matt wrote his solo EP titled “Scars on the Ceiling.” 

Later in 2018, Matt released his self-recorded followup EP titled Day of Reckoning. The work is guitar driven, reminiscent of something between early 90s grunge and 80s metal. Cory released 4 EP’s in 2020 with varying styles including an instrumental, acoustic, metal and hard rock. Matt had written, recorded, mixed and mastered everything himself on each release. With the onset grinding halt of the music industry during the pandemic, Matt was at a crossroads as to next steps in his career.

Taking a break from recording and writing, he decided to jump onto the TikTok social media platform and started releasing daily guitar riff cover videos. In 2021, Matt had returned to writing and recording with 3 singles, an electronic inspired melodic foot-tapper titled Goodbye, a cover of the Cheap Trick classic power ballad: “The Flame” and a fan favorite instrumental inspired by Joe Satriani titled “Insomnia.” He also released two music videos for Goodbye and Concrete Jungle that are available on YouTube, VEVO, Apple Music and other platforms.

As 2022 unraveled, Matt was able to return to the stage with his solo band playing dates all over Western Manitoba including The Manitoba Loud Music Awards. Matt collaborated with former NHL player Ryan White by performing guitar on the theme song for his podcast “Whiteys World.” 

Aside from a busy summer performing dates across Manitoba, including multiple Winnipeg shows, festivals and more, 2023 saw the release of the EP Ghost Rising, featuring the Manitoba Loud Music Awards nominated single of the year “Lit Up and Out of Line.” Cory later won Guitarist of the Year, Vocalist of the Year and Rock Band of the Year at the MLMA. 

Later in 2023, Cory was interviewed and performed on the pilot episode of Westman based, “Manitoba Music Makers.” Matt also took part in mini documentary about his music career so far. 

Cory is set to release his next EP titled “Let’s Go Downtown” in 2024.

Matt Cory is currently an Independent Artist and all of his music is available through various streaming sites including Spotify, Apple Music, GooglePlay, YouTube and many more.