Matthew Solberg (born October 26, 1981 in Kansas City, Kansas) is a singer/songwriter and guitarist. He uses a fingerstyle method of guitar playing in many of his songs.
Solberg first started to play the guitar when he was about 14 years old and living in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was raised; however, he quickly gave up on the guitar after only a few lessons. It was around this time that he also gave up playing the clarinet, which was the first instrument he had learned how to play and which he had been playing for about 5 years. At the age of 17 and heavily into classic rock, Solberg felt inspired to dig out his dad's guitar after listening to "Working Man" by Rush one day. He soon became obsessed with the guitar and used the Internet to teach himself how to play.
Solberg did not seriously consider being a songwriter and solo artist until sometime in 2006. It was around this time that he adopted a finger-picking style of guitar playing. Within about a year, he played his first shows in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was living at the time. Over the next few years, Solberg played almost exclusively by finger-picking, although he now also has many songs that he plays with a pick.
Solberg credits his influences to a practically countless number of artists. He says that his biggest songwriting influences are probably Elliott Smith, Daniel Johnston, The Beatles, Paul Simon, and Nick Drake (and perhaps Neutral Milk Hotel too).
Solberg currently resides in the Nashville, Tennessee area and has a day job as a pension actuary. In 2009, he independently released his first album, a 7-song EP entitled I Am a Fool, and he appeared as a guest guitarist on Break Even, the debut album for Clap for Daylight. He released his first full-length album, entitled Matthew Solberg, as of April 30, 2011.