Matt Shockley performs over 200 events per year. In 2014, CBS Los Angeles named Matt one of the top 5 independent singer-songwriters. His original music and covers can be heard on Pandora Radio, iTunes, & Youtube. With two decades of experience, Matt knows how to entertain a crowd and give the client and audience what they really want. If you're looking to hire a true professional, as well as someone who is down to earth then look no further. Matt travels anywhere performing popular music as well as his own catchy, heart-felt originals that seem to fit every occasion. Matt Shockley is the total package for private & corporate events, upscale weddings, colleges, & more.
Where do I begin, Matt Shockley is one amazing dude! Because of him, the wife and I had an extraordinary wedding (04/09/2016) and our family and friends absolutely loved him. Matt was extremely professional, super friendly, and he kept in constant contact with me throughout the entire planning and execution of our wedding.
I impressed my wife and her parents, whom were a little iffy about my idea of having a singer at our wedding but when they saw Matt performing our favorite songs and classics singlehandedly at the wedding they could not believe they’re eyes and ears. And neither could I!!
Matt learned songs we requested for our wedding ceremony and reception which was incredible. This guy has insane skills and his voice is so clear that you can make out every word he is singing. As Matt sang he would approach our reception table at times which was awesome, it made it a little more personal and we felt like VIP’s.
On top of being a friendly and approachable person, Matt Shockley is extremely professional and he will make whatever event you need him at so much more memorable. He will adapt to your plans and work with you while offering advice on things he has seen work best from his experience at past events and be not pushy at all whatsoever.
Thank you Matt for such an incredible experience, our family and friends loved you. We hope to see you at one of our anniversary’s sometime. THANK YOU!!! And by the way, my wife loved the little “Oh, but that white dress, makes it hard to breath” line change in our first dance (Thomas Rhett / Die a Happy Man). You’re awesome man! Take care..
This review is long overdue. Matt played at our wedding back on May 1, 2015, and at first, it was hard originally getting my fiance on board, but after he met Matt and heard him play the day of, he gave me the "Oh yeah, he's good," approval. :) I even think Matt may have showed me up but I don't care. I loved every minute I got to see/hear him play, and no doubt the guests did too because all I kept getting asked was, "Where did you find him!?!"
Honestly though, I can't say enough good things about Matt. I probably sang throughout the reception and weirdly was bummed I missed his set while waiting in the back for the ceremony to start. What bride is envious of the part where guests arrive and get seated!? ;) All in all, he hit on all the key songs in the list we provided, and was so kind and warm with the guests and us. Don't even doubt for a second if you're looking for someone to perform live at your wedding/event. Matt's just great from initial engagement to the event and even in checking in afterwards too!
Scope: Wedding ceremony, cocktail, reception and first dance.
Matt was extremely professional throughout the process from the day that we initially reached out to him about performing at our wedding to following up after the wedding thanking us for the opportunity. He performed for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour at the Bacara Resort, and his cool vibe and beautiful voice totally fit in at this classy and relaxed venue. Our best man, who played bass professionally for many years, initially thought that he was a record during the ceremony (his voice sounds THAT GOOD)! Another guest jokingly commented, "How did you get John Mayer to agree to perform at your wedding?" In short, Matt Shockley was amazing, and we cannot recommend him more highly!
One of the three things I had to have at my wedding was live music. I wanted a three piece band that played as I walked down the aisle and through the reception. Matt delivered that and more! His musical talent is so diverse and he was able to play all the songs I wanted. His music was fun to dance to and definitely one of my favorite parts of my wedding. Thank you, Matt!! xo
Matt is very professional, experienced and extremely talented. The audience was majority Indians and he adapted beautifully to
our choices. He was flexible with time, took last minute requests and delivered them impeccably. I totally recommend him
We LOVED having Matt and his band at our June wedding. We were looking for an energetic and young group who could keep up with our young and rowdy guest list. We hoped to find someone who could play both acoustically for the ceremony and cocktail hour, then join a band for the reception, and also had a DJ for our after party! It was fantastic to find all three within one person. We highly recommend Matt for your wedding!
Everyone was impressed with Matt's set list along with his ability to suit the music with the event. Everyone kept raving about how good he is - he made me look good.
People are still asking me for his contact information to host other events personal and corporate.
Thank you Matt!
What can I say about Matt Shockley?! He will MAKE your wedding. My now husband and I are HUGE live music fans and I had researched online way in advance for a great live performer for our special day. Luckily, after seeing Matt's Youtube videos and reading all his awesome reviews, I booked him before anyone else got to him for our wedding day. I had a few specific requests, like having Matt play during the ceremony while my cousin sang, for him to start playing right after the kiss into the processional, specific first dance request that he learned perfectly, etc. and he was flexible and executed everything smoothly and professionally. I am so happy I did a first look and got all the pictures out of the way beforehand, so I could enjoy Matt's awesome performance during our cocktail hour. I didn't even have any requests for him and he kept the energy going with one great song choice after the next. As for the reception, Matt had our guests up and dancing before dinner was even served! He created the most intimate, romantic environment I could ever dream of. He looked the part, he made the Bride feel as special as could be and he interacted with our guests during his performances to keep the energy up. He brought along a DJ with him (at my request, since I wanted party music for dancing later in the night) but I wish Matt was playing the whole night. People who attended the wedding can't stop talking about our amazing musician and I am trying to think of what event I can plan next where I can have Matt perform again. :) Matt turned our wedding into our DREAM wedding.
Matt Shockley is the ultimate professional. His communication from start to finish stood out the most. He was clear, polite, passionate, and accomodating. And his singing and guitar playing was perfect for our event. I would not hesitate to recommend Matt for any event. Thanks again Matt for making our special day magical!
All of our guests are still talking about how excellent Mat Shockley was at our wedding, and some of the guests are in the music business. Our wedding was the best day of our lives. Mat put it way over the top. Little girls were hypnotized by him, little boys danced. I had all ages and the 80 plus group loved him as well. He was fantastic for all age groups. My caterers came up and said where did you find him? I'm getting married soon and we have to have him at our wedding ( I imagine caterer's hear a lot of preformers) I had a top caterer with the highest reviews, but Mat Shockley was the best and he made our wedding day beyond special. Months later and what myself, family friends and neighbors remember with the fondest of memories is Mat Shockley and what a wonderful preformance/voice. I have a good feeling Mat Shockley will become a superstar, and I will remember when he preformed here with my family and friends. Get him while you can, because he really is all that! And he so genuinely sweet, what a nice guy. He knew what to do and his equiptment is the best, the music and that wonderful voice was crisp and clear. He helped me threw everything I knew nothing about, song list just everything, he made it all easy and kept in contact. What a professional
Matt is amazing and made our party! We would use him again in a heartbeat!
That's what Matt got the last 2 nights he played at our winery. It was a pleasure to have Matt perform, and he was just what he promised. He is a creative, well versed musician / songwriter that entertained our guests both nights he performed. He was always on-time, courteous and a real pleasure to work with. We will definitely have him back again. Thank you Matt!!!
Robert & Barbara Wagner
Heard Matt Shockley's music last night at Magnavino Cellars and I have to say it was very refreshing hearing such a beautifully clear, melodic voice...one that I could understand every word that was sung. Matt has such talent, and we loved his choice of cover tunes which were eclectic and fun! Thank you for adding to our experience of good wine, good music topped off with some very entertaining music.
We booked Matt for a Corporate Anniversary Event in Las Vegas and he was fantastic! Our clients and guests were a variety of ages and he was able to find the perfect selection of music to appeal to all. Thank you! Would absolutely work with him in the future.
Matt was such a pleasure to work with! I hired him for a corporate event I managed in San Francisco and the guests raved about his performance...so thanks Matt for making me the 'rockstar' with my guests!!
Matt was the perfect addition to our corporate event. He was excellent with the guests. He took requests and was able to play everything we asked for. He was professional and accommodating. He contributed greatly to the success of our evening.
Matt Shockley has been coming to the University of Redlands since I can remember. He always plays an entertaining set for our students and their families during our University's Homecoming weekend and has never let us down. His talents as a singing guitarist are unmatched, however; the trait that truly makes him stand out is his ability to entertain a crowd with genuine excitability. Matt is not in this business for the money, he captures the essence of what it means to be an artist. That is a characteristic that is hard to find and that is why we will continue inviting him back time and time again.
What a weekend we had in Temecula. Thanks so much for being a big part of it. I can't tell you how many compliments you received. I knew you would be perfect for this wedding, but it still exceeded my expectations. The vibe you set the minute you started set the stage for the whole wedding and continued throughout the night. Mike the DJ was great too.
Thanks for your professionalism, your great talent, and your friendship
Dan, Sue, Caitlin, & Carly
Matt's raw talent and professionalism were a huge hit at our corporate event. He provided the energy, talent and professionalism to end our event with a great performance. Look forward to working with Matt on many more events.
I hired Matt last minute to play at a client dinner we hosted during an industry convention. He was very quick to respond and provide follow up information. He asked the right questions about what I needed from his performance and delivered everything we expected from him. He was a true joy to work with and my attendees absolutely loved him. I'm so glad we made the last minute decision to add him to our event because he helped make our evening very memorable! In fact, we hired him the night he performed for another event we have coming up, he was that good!
We owe you an insanely HUGE Thank You for agreeing to be part of our wedding welcome reception! You were absolutely awesome!!!!!!
EVERYONE keeps talking about how talented you were and how much fun they had! Thank you for bringing the infectious energy and keeping the party going for all of our jet-lagged guests ;) We could not have done it without you!
I'm a "Hero" thanks to Matt.
"Best Birthday Ever!" was the quote from my wife.
With all due respect to Matt; there are a ton of talented people in this world (Matt being one of them), but it was his personality, his demeanor, his respect for the people, the event, & the moment that made this the "Best Birthday Ever".
Mr. Shockley was professional yet flexible. He treated this birthday performance like it mattered to him. It was with insight & experience Matt listened & responded as he helped tailor an emotional music experience enjoyed by everyone.
Thank you Matt, we had one shot at this & you made it count.
Matt performed superbly for our wedding reception. I was initially apprehensive at first because I was on a tight budget. However, after dealing with the lack of professionalism and reassurances from other guitarists, Matt agreed to meet up with me for coffee and I was sold. He is very professional and adaptive to your needs.
Performance-wise, I got a lot of compliments about how great he sounded. He was able to create a "classy" atmosphere without that uptight feeling with just his voice. I asked Matt to learn a song for our "first dance" and I was amazed at how well it sounded. I wish I had it recorded because it sounded better than the original. Matt was also able to work seamlessly with my DJ and my MC.
If you are apprehensive about paying a little more for Matt, don't be. Spare yourself the stress and headaches with trying to sort through various guitarists. He is worth every penny. I honestly can't think of a negative comment in any of my dealings with Matt.
I contacted Matt to play at our outdoor wedding ceremony and indoor reception and he was absolutely a consummate professional through the entire process, from first contact to final song, Matt stayed in constant contact, helped work through the song list, event logistics and made sure the bride was the focus of the day throughout. All the guests loved his music and the restaurant wanted his contact info so he could play there again. Simply the best decision we could have made that day - after deciding to get married :-)
I will gladly hire him again to do a private event in the future.
Matt is the ultimate performer…professional, personable, patient and extremely talented. Matt did an extraordinary job at my daughter's surprise wedding and reception, displaying great flexibility and adaptability with song choices and timing before and during the ceremony. At the reception, Matt was just perfection! Guests of every age raved about his talent and enjoyed his engaging personality and fabulous music. Matt instinctively knew what to play and when, and at the end of the evening, no one wanted him to stop! We could not have been more pleased with our daughter’s choice of musicians and recommend Matt with the highest of ratings. If it were possible, we would have given him 10 stars!!!!! Thank you, Matt, for a truly incredible job!
Matt impressed my guest and was a great addition to our wedding ceremony. His performance added the romance and happiness we were looking for our ceremony music. Also, he was very professional and kept good communication with me throughout the whole process.
Matt did a wonderful job serenading our wedding guests adding a touch of musical magic to a magical day!
Matt put on a very memorable acoustic performance for our summer interns during their mixer and was quickly loved by all! From start to finish, he was an absolute pleasure to work with. He genuinely cared about what was best for the event and worked with me on details. He has a very impressive repertoire that will suit any crowd. Can't wait to have him back!!!
When asked by my sister and brother-in-law to find entertainment for their Dana Point wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, I researched dozens of singers/ musicians to meet the needs of the event. Matt Shockley was by far the most talented and engaging performer I encountered. I attended one of his performances at a local venue prior to booking and was very impressed with not only his musicianship, singing, and ability to engage the crowd. The songs he performed represented a variety of genres, but were all performed with a smooth expertise. Matt made a special effort to spend time with me to discuss the needs of the event, song choices, and equipment requirements. Matt showed an innate willingness to learn new material requested by the bride. He was easy to work with and well received by all involved on my sister’s special day. On the day of the event, Matt was on-time, performed flawlessly, and we received rave reviews from all of our guests. I would highly recommend Matt Shockley for event’s entertainment needs.
When I decided to propose to my girlfriend on our anniversary, I had the idea of someone performing a couple songs on a romantic setting. Matt didn't only perform for us but he also went above and beyond to help me plan to propose to my girlfriend. He was amazing! She said yes, while he was singing "all of me." He's very talented and as soon as we pick a date for our weeding, he is going to be our man to perform. He was very accommodating and easy to work with.He really set the mood with his vocal skills and romantic melodies. Matt Shockley was the best choice I could have ever made for such an important moment in our lives, he made it happen and I couldn't be any happier! Thanks Matt for making this happen. Laura and I will forever be grateful for your help and your performance. You are just an amazing performer!!!!
When you are an event coordinator there is always a bit of apprehension when hiring new talent – Mr. Shockley alleviated all of my worries. He exhibited an outstanding level of professionalism, intuitively played to the crowd and sang beautifully. Mr. Shockley's performance was phenomenal! No other way to put it. He performed for our VIP Corporate Event and the guests loved every minute of it.
If you are in the market for a performer who has it all, then you have found the right person for the job!
Matt performed at my wedding ceremony and cocktail hour, and he did a fantastic job. He was so easy to work with, and he really set the tone for the event. I was very happy with his services, and for months after the wedding, guests were still telling me how great he was. I definitely recommend Matt!
If you are looking to hire a performer for your wedding or special event- look no further! Matt Shockley is your guy! We hired him for our wedding and he was absolutely phenomenal! I wish we could have had him play the whole night!! Our guests LOVED him! Before our wedding, he was very organized and thorough and made us feel confident in booking with him on such a special day. Matt played beautifully during our ceremony, and rocked the cocktail hour perfectly, setting an awesome vibe for the rest of the evening! After hearing him at our wedding, some friends booked him for theirs and he was amazing! Matt was very easy to work with and an overall great person! I would highly recommend him to anyone. If he is available for your event, book him! You won't regret it!
We had Matt perform at out wedding and he was phenomenal! He organized the entire audio side of the wedding to include the ceremony, reception, and the dj services. The live music as out guests arrived was outstanding and Matt was great! Almost two years later and people are still asking us about who he was and where they could find his music.
Overall we couldn't be happier with Matt's performance, services, and professionalism!
After coming up with the idea of having a 3 venue progressive wedding party, we knew we had to find someone to bring our wedding to life through music, yet they had to be flexible, playful, and buttoned up enough to help us pull off a seemless experience for everyone! We searched, and searched, and yes while having very high standards, we came across Matt Shockley. Matt invited us down to the Marriott Newport Coast villas where he was performing poolside. It was an amazingly beautiful day where we could see all the way to Catalina Island, which was the back drop we expected to have on our day, so let the music play. Matt nailed it. Matt was a pro, he had picked our brains before coming down and had two keys songs worked into his set! We knew right then we had to have Matt Shockley play at our wedding. His music and presence makes it impossible not to have a good time. Matt played during our ceremony and cocktail hour on the terrace on the beach and then also at our dinner party where we also had our 1st dance before departing to our 3rd venue. Our guests loved him so much, they made sure Matt came to the ending dance party!. Matt was great and we hope to hire him again soon for our 1st house warming party as a married couple! We highly recommend Matt Shockley, you won't be disappointed.
we booked Matt for our wedding in Laguna and we couldn't be happier! actually let me rephrase that, all my guests asked me where i found this handsome and talented singer!! he sang all the popular songs that we liked and more, and he totally worked the crowd! He had the perfect pitch and he dressed real nice! everyone was really impressed! i will definitely book him again for other events! :D oh and he was really down to earth and nice too! bonus!
Just want to add to our previous review. Matt was easy to reach during the planning stages of our party, and returned every email and phone call. He was co-operative, patient, and he offered up great suggestions, and was receptive and open to our ideas about what we wanted for our event. He was flexible and extremely motivated to make sure that we were happy about the entertainment arrangements, and really cared about honoring our wishes! He was an absolute delight to work with, and we felt like he was party of the family by the time the party ended! Everyone loved his music, and his unique bright spirit and style shined through a wide range of his musical repertoire , of famous and familiar songs, as well as some of his own original songs that were absolutely stunning to hear, even for the first time!
He is the best! The party was enhanced by having Matt Shockley, can't recommend him highly enough!
Anyone who is considering hiring a musician for your party, gig, or event of any kind...you must check out Matt Shockley! My husband and I decided that Matt is one of these rare individuals who has a magical blend good traits that include kind-heartedness, professionalism, fun spirited, and a brilliantly talented and versatile musician!
Words cannot express how great Matt and his band were at our wedding! Numerous family members have said that our wedding was the best they've ever been to, and a lot of the credit must go to Mr. Shockley! I have countless family members who never dance, occupy the dance floor all night. Matt played his guitar and sang during our ceremony and cocktail hour. He and his band rocked our ceremony, playing a great mix of popular music from today and the past. Matt also worked with me and my bridesmaids and accompanied us in a surprise performance for my husband. Matt also served as our emcee and helped make the night run effortlessly smooth.
I highly recommend Matt for any gig. He is an absolute professional who is easy to work with and will ensure you and your guests have a great time. It's been eight months since our wedding, and we still get compliments about the night. Matt was a huge part in making our night memorable. He is an absolutely great musician who is flexible in working with your musical tastes.
Matt- we can't say it enough, but once again: Thank you!
After discovering Matt at the Pint House in Fullerton, we knew that we had to have him play at our house....a "bucket list" item. He not only rocked New Year's Eve at our house, but entertained us again at our daughters college graduation party. He's a talented artist and a great person too!
On the night of our engagement my husband and I knew we had to have Matt Shockley play at our wedding. After seeing him while on vacation in Newport Beach we knew he would fit the light, fun and casual feel of our wedding. His music and presence makes it impossible not to have a good time. Matt played during our ceremony, cocktail hour and throughout dinner and my guests were raving to me about him all night. He interacted with our guests and they loved how kind and sincere he was when he chatted with them. Matt was so personable and fun without losing the element of professionalism and really was the best decision I made on my wedding day. (Besides marrying my best friend of course) If I am ever in the position to hire or recommend a live musician again it will be Matt Shockley every time.
We hired Matt to play for our wedding ceremony and cocktail hour and could not have been more thrilled with our decision to do so! It took hearing Matt play one song to decide he was the musician for our special day! He is that talented! Matt was completely communicative during my planning period, extremely flexible with my special requests (and there were many), and beyond professional to work with. Not to mention his voice! Amazing! During our ceremony his song transitions were seamless and vocals spot on. He provided the perfect background music to set the mood for our cocktail hour. Our first dance song was performed beautifully and was exactly what we requested. We received SO many compliments on his performance... from wedding guests of all ages! I could not recommend Matt more for your private event. You will not find anyone better!
We hired Matt to perform at our joint 50th birthday party. Not only is he easy to work with, he is extremely talented & a downright nice guy. First, he was quick to respond to my request for info & follow up emails. Then he showed up as expected an hour early to set up. Once he started playing, we loved him. ALL of my guests commented on how great he was. He has an amazing voice, and is extremely talented on the guitar & also the harmonica. He knew what songs to play and when and just got the 'vibe' of the party. We were all dancing on the lawn. Just a very memorable evening and a huge part is thanks to Matt. I will definitely hire him again. Can't wait!
You are awesome!!! We could not have asked for a better person to play at our wedding! Everyone and we really mean it, everyone LOVED you!!! Recently, we had a chance to take a look at the wedding pictures and video and we will share them with you soon! You touched our hearts with your talent and you are just such a nice guy! Please let us know whenever you are near Torrance, we would love to hear you play again and again! Love, Irene & Dave
Response from Matt Shockley:
Thanks for having me! It was SO great performing at your ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception!!
What to Expect
Songs to sing-along to, maybe some dancing, and a feel-good experience that won't be forgotten.
Music has the power to make or break an event, and selecting the right entertainer is key. Matt's music has proven to help people relax and enjoy themselves. Skip the hassle, and hire a fun, experienced pro for your next event. With two decades of experience, Matt Shockley guarantees a great time when he shows up to perform.
San Diego Padres
Montage Laguna Beach, CA
Pelican Hill, Newport Coast, CA
Marriott Newport Coast Villas, Newport Coast, CA
& many other private clients.
Originally from Griffin, GA. Picked up the guitar at 13 years old and after playing for a year joined a band. By 18 years old I was touring the southern states as a lead guitarist and backup singer. At 21, I moved to Nashville to continue touring with several bands and for several solo artists. At this time, I also started to take writing my own music seriously and recorded my first EP titled "In The Making". Shortly after turning 24, I moved to Los Angeles to focus on honing my skills as a solo artist. In 2005, I recorded my first full length album "Play Along". Since 2005, I have found home here in California and have been making my own albums as well as performing and recording music full time. I am blessed to have the opportunity to pursue my dreams and passions and make a living at it. Feel free to check out my music on iTunes, Pandora Radio, & Youtube.
Additional Booking Notes
Matt provides all of the sound equipment to suit your needs. When you are ready to book Matt, he will send over his agreement and deposit request to lock in the date. Matt Shockley is extremely professional, organized, and goes above and beyond to exceed your expectations when it comes to offering the highest quality entertainment within your budget.
If you'd like, we can discuss this through a private message or email.
Influences & Inspiration
Classic Rock to Motown Classics to modern stylings of Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Maroon 5, and Adele.
I can provide all needed equipment to perform at your event!