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Matisyahu

When Matisyahu emerged in 2004 with his debut album, Shake Off the Dust...Arise, his musical persona seemed a novelty to some. Here was a Hasidic Jew -- dressed in a black suit with a broad-brimmed black hat worn over a yarmulke, and sporting a full, untrimmed beard -- who nevertheless performed toasting raps about the glories of traditional Judaism over reggae beats in a dancehall style directly from Jamaica. Moreover, he punctuated his performances with stage diving. It may have seemed like a joke at first, but Matisyahu was serious about his craft, and his diverse style soon garnered Grammy nominations, gold record certifications, and a broad audience.

Matisyahu was born Matthew Miller on June 30, 1979, in West Chester, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Berkeley, California, which they eventually ditched for White Plains, New York. Miller initially rebelled against his traditional Jewish upbringing, considering himself a Deadhead and a hippie by his early teens. But at the age of 14, during a camping trip in Colorado, he reconciled himself to Judaism and visited Israel shortly thereafter. After returning to White Plains, he dropped out of high school and traveled the country to attend Phish concerts. Back at home again, he agreed to let his parents send him to a wilderness school in Bend, Oregon, where he became enamored of reggae and hip-hop, and began rapping at open-mike competitions. He returned to New York at 19 to attend the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, but also joined the Carlebach Shul, a synagogue where his musical interests were encouraged. Meeting a Lubavitch rabbi, he became interested in the strict Lubavitch Hasidic sect of Judaism and renamed himself Matisyahu.

Continuing to perform, Matisyahu assembled a backing band consisting of guitarist Aaron Dugan, bassist Josh Werner, and drummer Jonah David. The group recorded Shake Off the Dust...Arise, which was released by JDub Records in 2004. While touring in support of the album, Matisyahu recorded one of his February 2005 concerts and released the material as Live at Stubb's, which was issued in April courtesy of Or Music before getting picked up for national distribution by Epic Records. Epic reissued it on August 23, 2005, as Matisyahu toured around the country and prepared a second studio album with producer Bill Laswell. The final product, Youth, appeared in March 2006 and was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Reggae Album. A simultaneously released dub version of the album was made available to mail-order customers.

Meanwhile, Matisyahu's backing musicians chose to release additional material on their own, adopting the name Roots Tonic for the side project. Roots Tonic Meets Bill Laswell marked the group's debut in May 2006, and by the end of the year the EP/DVD combo No Place to Be was also released. Jonah David dropped out of the band in June 2007, however, and Roots Tonic effectively disbanded, despite the enlistment of replacement drummer Skoota Warner. The entire group (sans David) turned its focus back to Matisyahu instead, and Light marked the singer's third LP upon its release in August 2009. Two years later, Live at Stubb's, Vol. 2 would appear, this time with a companion DVD release. In late 2011, the singer posted a picture with a shaved head and payes cut with the caption, "No more Chassidic reggae superstar." As such, his 2012 effort Spark Seeker was more secular pop, and was produced by Kool Kojak, who had previously worked with Kesha and Nicki Minaj. In 2014, Matisyahu released his fifth LP, Akeda. The tracks had been written while on tour and then recorded at Studio G with producer Stu Brooks. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Akeda

1. Reservoir

2. Broken Car

3. Watch The Walls Melt Down

4. Champion

5. Built To Survive

6. Ayeka (Teach Me To Love)

7. Black Heart

8. Star On The Rise

9. Surrender

10. Confidence

11. Vow Of Silence (Shalom)

12. Obstacles

13. Hard Way

14. Sick For So Long

15. Akeda

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Track List: Spark Seeker

1. Crossroads

2. Sunshine

3. Searchin

4. Buffalo Soldier

5. Fire Of Freedom

6. Bal Shem Tov

7. I Believe In Love

8. Breath Easy

9. Summer Wind

10. Live Like A Warrior

11. Tel Aviv'n

12. King Crown Of Judah

13. Shine On You

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Track List: Light

1. Smash Lies

2. We Will Walk

3. One Day

4. Escape

5. So Hi So Lo

6. I Will Be Light

7. For You

8. On Nature

9. Motivate

10. Struggla

11. Darkness Into Light

12. Thunder

13. Silence

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Track List: Youth

1. Fire Of Heaven / Altar Of Earth

2. Youth

3. Time Of Your Song

4. Dispatch The Troops

5. Indestructible

6. What I'm Fighting For

7. Jerusalem

8. WP

9. Shalom / Saalam

10. Late Night In Zion

11. Unique Is My Dove

12. Ancient Lullaby

13. King Without A Crown

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Track List: Broken Car (Single)

1. Broken Car

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Track List: Champion (Single)

1. Champion

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Track List: Confidence (Single)

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Track List: Hard Way (Single)

1. Hard Way

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Track List: Light (Bonus Track Version)

1. Smash Lies

2. We Will Walk

3. One Day

4. Escape

5. So Hi So Lo

6. I Will Be Light

7. For You

8. On Nature

9. Motivate

10. Struggla

11. Darkness Into Light

12. Thunder

13. Silence

14. One Day

15. Temple

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Track List: Lord Raise Me Up (Live) (Single)

1. Lord Raise Me Up (Live)

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Track List: Miracle (Radio Single)

1. Miracle

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Track List: One Day (Remixes)

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Track List: Shake Off The Dust... Arise

1. Chop 'em Down

2. Tzama L'Chol Nafshi (Psalm 63:2-3)

3. Got No Water

4. King Without A Crown (Original Version)

5. Interlude

6. Father In The Forest

7. Interlude

8. Aish Tamid

9. Short Nigun

10. Candle

11. Close My Eyes

12. Interlude

13. Exaltation

14. Refuge

15. Interlude

16. Warrior

17. Outro

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Track List: Sunshine (Single)

1. Sunshine

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Track List: Watch The Walls Melt Down (Single)

1. Watch The Walls Melt Down

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One day is like my fav song ever. Because we overplayed and sung it at summer camp
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Omg. Like every school shows this video using this song like every year.
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The best
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The best song
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Thank you for all of the epic music you put out...I came to enjoy your music while going through chemotherapy and radiation. It truly help me survive! Mad love, from one Jew to another!
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Great Song Love It
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hyper420alwa y s
lead us Father, another year!
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Sunshine: I love this song. I have my own Exodus story. Thank you so much Matisyahu for the lyrics in this song. :-)
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This guy has all the props ����
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judoboy3
One day is the best song ever
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Love
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My spirit is attracted every time I hear Matisyahu's voice, I recognize. I love Matisyahu.
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For You: I WILL BE THERE FOR YOU, TO SEARCH FOR YOU, WHEREVER YOU ARE. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS SONG. I love Matisyahu. Need I say more?
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@agentmariao n k a u a i : You are so right.
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agentmariaon k a u a i
A prophet like Marley- the words give me chills
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Love You MATISHYAHU
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SHABBAT SHALOM
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What I'm Fighting For: I believe in what you are fighting for. Thank you for being strong enough to do that for us Matisyahu...
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Song is like DaT, sonson. Great song, great lyricist & artist. Definitely an underrated musician, deserves much much mire recognition and praise. Shalom in tha home bruh. Asalam alakim God bless
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured but you won't die. Now you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 other songs in the next 143 min. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen. This is so scary it actually works.
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shabbat shalom
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Whoops, wrong song. Nvm lol.
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Copied song. Disliked.

(Look it up if you don't believe me.)
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curleysue715
LOVE LOVE LOVE this song!
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one day is touching me
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One day is really touching to me, because I've been through so much��
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You make me cheer up after a break up
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This man has been such a huge part of my life in the best way over the last few years. I am so glad to have stumbled on his work.
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I am a mystic sister of the same background as him.
Much love and blessings on this Jewish new year
Thank you matishayu
Wonderful song
Ruth Nodel
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Love
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When I first heard him on WXPN I thought they said Modest Yahoo. I have since come to appreciate him as a truly unique artist.
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Heading to see him in Winston-Sale m , NC!!
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Def a ska upbeat!! Love it! He's in Wilmington, N.C., this weekend! Hell yea!!
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love this guy!
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Speaks to me on such a deeper level.
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Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
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A rapping Hasidic jew who can't flow and reagge is week....Sign me up
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i love sunshine&
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H one day is the most touching and thoughtful song I ever heard it was really sad his dream hasn't come true yet but god will accomplish that dream one day
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Somebody made a comment that this guy "obviously isn't a Christian". Duh really? But he is spiritual and he is real and you can feel that in his music. I am honored that he is sharing with me and the world the talents that the CREATOR has bestowed upon him. It would be a sin if he did not. I am Catholic and I am also a Christian that would love to have such a talent such a gift. I praise the CREATOR for allowing this man we share his gift with me.
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He changed my life god bless all <3
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This guy has swag
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bsworkspot, please stop...face palm...
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I can totally relate to all the lyrics. Truly unique too say the least. I'm a Jew and understand the higher being struggle... Finding the mystery in the magic my friend. L'chaim!!!
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A M AZ ing! #OneLove
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One of my favorite song artist.
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This song really specks to me it hit me on a hole nother level I wonder what this song means to him
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