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Check Out PBS Video Watch local and national programs from anywhere at anytime. Jump to navigation Jump to search For the 2nd-century BCE Jewish high priest of the Maccabees, see Mattathias. American Jewish reggae singer, rapper, beatboxer, and alternative rock musician. Matthew Paul Miller was born on June 30, 1978, in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
His family eventually settled in White Plains, New York. In autumn 1995, Matisyahu attended a two-month program at the Alexander Muss High School in Hod Hasharon, Israel. Miller then attended a wilderness expedition trip in Oregon for teenagers. It was not necessarily for drug rehabilitation, but that was part of the reason I was out there,” he explained to a journalist of The Jewish Daily Forward in 2008. He finished high school at a wilderness program in Bend, Oregon. He returned to New York and started developing his reggae, spending hours in his room, writing and practicing his style to the accompaniment of hip-hop tapes. He recounts that at the same time, he started praying, getting himself a prayer book and prayer shawl.
From 2001 through July 2007, Matisyahu was affiliated with the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. Soon after his adoption of Hasidism, Matisyahu began studying Torah at Hadar Hatorah, a yeshiva for returnees to Judaism where he wrote and recorded his first album. Miller performed for over a year as MC Truth in Bend, Oregon. Israel, including a performance as the supporting act for Sting in June 2006.
On March 1, 2006, right before the release of Youth, he informed JDub that he no longer needed its management services. He has since been represented by former Capitol Records president Gary Gersh. JDub claims the artist has three years remaining on a four-year management contract. JDub managed his act, but was not his record label. At the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival, the film Unsettled, in which Matisyahu appears, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature. While attending the festival, he performed in an impromptu concert at the Park City Film Music Festival in Park City, Utah. In November 2009, NBC used Matisyahu’s song “One Day” as background music for their advertisement of the Olympic games.
This stirred up speculation that “One Day” might become the theme song for the 2010 Olympics. However, it remained only NBC’s top pick, and was not announced to be the theme song. On August 18, 2010, Matisyahu returned to Stubb’s in Austin, Texas, for another live recording for Live at Stubb’s, Vol. He released the album on February 1, 2011. In 2011, he embarked on a concert tour. In March 2011, Matisyahu took part in clip “Pure Soul”.
On June 3, 2014, Matisyahu released Akeda, which is slightly different from his previous work. Matisyahu himself described it as a “stripped back sound” and in a style as he describes as “less is more. 6 which was the same week he began his new tour. On August 17, 2015, the Rototom Sunsplash festival in Spain canceled Matisyahu’s scheduled appearance, at the request of the BDS Movement, due to his refusing to sign a letter stating he supports a Palestinian state, and would not bring up Israeli politics on stage. On October 10, 2015, Matisyahu performed in Israel at the Sultan’s Pool in Jerusalem against the backdrop of escalating stabbing attacks in the city. Matisyahu stated that it is important for “American Jews like self to come to Israel no matter what’s happening here.