November 30, 2012 Friday - updated 08:55 AM PT

Billboard Recording Artist, YouTube Video Sensation,“ Out Music Award Nominee, Matt Zarley, Gets Sentimental On His New Holiday Single, ”One More Christmas With You”;

Hollywood, United States (IBwire.com - November 30, 2012)  

Billboard recording artist, Broadway veteran and People Magazine “Hottest Bachelor” Matt Zarley has received critical acclaim as an LGBT artist for more than a decade. In his first new recording since his highly acclaimed “Change Begins With Me” project, Zarley gets sentimental on his heartfelt holiday original, “One More Christmas With You.”

Written by Zarley, Shoshana Bean (Superhero, Broadway’s WICKED) and Aron Forbes (X Factor), “One More Christmas With You” is a nostalgic love letter to a past love that had its share of heartbreak. Despite that, he would give anything and everything for just one more Christmas together. The track was produced by Forbes & Chris Spilfogel. Critics have already begun praising this soon to be modern holiday classic: “But while Matt Zarley aptly captures these emotions within his devastatingly honest & raw single One More Christmas With You, he does so with such exquisite beauty & simplicity that you end up appreciating the wonder of his musical talent rather than feeling any sense of despondency. Set to a simple but effective instrumental that showcases a beautiful, chiming, mellifluous piano melody alongside Matt's evocative & emotive vocals, it's a reminder of the power of restraint & respect for letting the tune & lyrics stand on their own. It takes me back to a time when music was a glorious narrative and Matt has the ability to turn any tale into a masterpiece of tender theatre.’

Zarley has a lot to celebrate this season. His video “Trust Me” was just awarded the RightOut TV Music & Video Award for Best Video, while “Change Begins With Me” was named Best Song So Far. He also just received 4 Out Music Award nominations including Best Pop Song, Single of the Year, Album of the Year (all for “Change Begins With Me”) and Video of the Year for “Trust Me."

His music videos have created quite the stir on various digital outlets. His video and fourth consecutive Billboard single, “Trust Me,” which was released before Obama’s endorsement of gay marriage, proved very timely and hugely popular. It received approximately 150,000 views on YouTube in its first month, as well as spending this summer on the Billboard and UK dance charts. In the video, he asks “Is America ready for an openly gay president?”

In 2011, Zarley’s music video, “WTF,” which also received hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and other online media outlets, received a similar buzz and spent last summer on the Billboard dance chart. Switching gears, Matt shows his hugely romantic side on his video for his single, "Perfect" and has inspired thousands with his most recent video, "Change Begins With Me."

Critics alike have embraced Zarley’s music with rave reviews: “Stunning, a marquee mainstream artist is born.” (Billboard Magazine); “A sexy collection of swoon-worthy songs” (The Advocate); “…our idea of perfect” (Instinct); “Soulful and inspiring” (Out Q on Sirius XM); “Inspirational!” (Washington Blade); “Definitely worth listening to!” (Huffington Post); “Painful, raw, and unequivocal” (Windy City Times); and “Emotionally charged!” (Homorazzi). Pop icon Boy George hails "nice chops!" and Erasure's Andy Bell praises "Absolutely beautiful voice...stunning...really, really brilliant." The 7th Heaven remix of the title track spent several weeks at #1 on the EuroChart in October 2012.

Matt’s passion for songwriting resulted in his first solo album, “Debut,” which was released in 2002; while Matt’s second album, “Here I Am” was named one of Billboard magazine’s “Critics Top 10” picks for 2008.

In addition, Matt has the distinction of being named the first openly gay bachelor in People Magazine’s “Hottest Bachelors” issue in 2002 – opening the door for other openly gay men to be featured in the mainstream publication.

Matt began his career at 12 years old starring in national commercials and, subsequently, his career led him to Broadway where, still just a teenager, he made his Broadway debut. He has appeared in numerous shows including Chicago, A Chorus Line and Cats, and has played the title roles in both Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Who’s Tommy on Broadway. He has also has the pleasure of performing with Whitney Houston, Vanessa Williams, Brandy and Usher.

“One More Christmas With You” is now available on iTunes and other digital outlets worldwide; along with his full music and video catalog. For more information about Matt’s music and live performance schedule, visit http://www.MattZarley.com or follow Matt on Twitter and Facebook @MattZarley.

 

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