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MATT BRONLEEWE WRAPS UP 2005 WITH A GRAMMY NOMINATION, PRODUCTION AND SONGWRITING ACCOLADES AND NEW CREATIVE VENTURES ON THE HORIZON
(NASHVILLE, TN) January 5, 2006—Matt Bronleewe, one of Christian music’s most visible and respected producers, continues to push the creative envelope with his innovative production and songwriting style, which is causing celebration for one of his most successful years to date. Bronleewe is enjoying a GRAMMY nomination, producing and writing for some of the biggest names in Christian music and expanding his creative credentials to include novelist.
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) made the exciting announcement on December 8th, 2005, that Michael W. Smith’s album Healing Rain was nominated for the “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album” GRAMMY. Bronleewe produced the album, which debuted at #11 on Billboards Top 200, as well as co-wrote the title track, which went to No. 1 on Radio & Records Christian AC charts. This is Bronleewe’s second GRAMMY nomination.
“I’m exceptionally happy to be nominated for a GRAMMY, especially with an artist like Michael W. Smith, a true legend in the industry and a wonderful person to be able to call a friend,” states Bronleewe. “Working with him was something I’d dreamed about doing since I got into music, so this feels like a huge milestone for me!”
Bronleewe’s year was also busy producing and writing for some of the biggest names in Christian music. His projects included producing and co-writing for Plumb’s ambitious Curb Records release Chaotic Resolve, which wrapped up production in 2005; Rebecca St. James If I Could Tell You Just One Thing on Forefront Records, which he produced and co-wrote the first radio single “Alive”; Joy William’s Genesis, which includes production and songwriting credits; co-writing Aly & AJ’s radio hit “Never Far Behind”, as well as production credits for TobyMac’s Renovating Diverse City and DCTalk’s Jesus Freak: 10th Anniversary project.
In addition to his musical talents, Bronleewe, the consummate storyteller, is stretching his creative wings and embarking on a new adventure in addition to music. Seeing the connection of storytelling within songwriting and novel writing, he will soon take on the title of book author. He has signed a five-book deal with Westbow, a division of Thomas Nelson, with his first fiction novel, titled ILLUMINATED, set to release in 2007. In addition to the novel, Bronleewe writes for the online magazine INFUZE (www.infuzemag.com) and develops comic book and movie projects for National Fiction (www.nationalfiction.com).
“I believe we are entering a new Renaissance,” shares Bronleewe. “We have the power to express our thoughts, ideas and knowledge in ways never before possible. It’s easy to get caught up in the differences between these creative outlets, but in truth, they are synergetic, working together to foster a new age of artistic innovation. In the end, it all boils down to storytelling, and we all have a great story to tell.”
Bronleewe made his first steps onto the music scene as one of the founding members of the multi-platinum selling group Jars Of Clay. His plans to finish his college degree were cut short when he was asked to co-write and play guitar for newly signed Warner Bros artist Sarah Jahn. Soon after, he was offered his first production opportunity, working on Plumb’s debut album on Essential Records. This began his successful songwriting and production career, which has included Natalie Imbruglia’s multi-platinum and GRAMMY nominated debut album Left Of The Middle on BMG/RCA, Bebo Norman’s critically-acclaimed album Try on Essential Records, and Chris Tomlin’s Not To Us on SIXSTEPSRECORDS, just to name a few.
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