Guide Awards 2013 Best Solo Artist: Matt Jarvis

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Singer-songwriter Matt Jarvis lists a truly diverse range of influences including the likes of Ray Charles, Lou Reed, Toe, Bon Iver, Elvis Perkins, Arcade Fire and Radiohead.

Matt’s soulful yet intense vocals, laid-back acoustic melodies and thoughtful lyrics have earned him numerous fans in the Portsmouth music scene and online with his growing YouTube fan base.

Best Solo Artist winner Matt Jarvis.

Best Solo Artist winner Matt Jarvis.

Matt was thrilled to have won, but hadn’t expected to beat fellow singer-songwriter Jerry Williams, who performed during the awards evening.

Matt said: ‘I’m completely shocked, it’s amazing!

‘I really thought Jerry Williams was going to win today, especially after her performance as well.

‘But I’m made up with the award.

‘I was only on stage briefly, but I was really nervous.

‘I’m really in a state of shock at the moment.

‘It was good fun.

‘2013 has been a really good year.’

He added: ‘I did my first festivals like Victorious, Blissfields and Southsea Fest to name a few, so I’m really pleased.

‘I’ve also got a debut EP coming out in the next couple of months.

‘I’m absolutely looking forward to 2014!’