OVERWHELMED by the love he received from the British public on his recent return to the UK, solo artist and Bros frontman Matt Goss shares his optimism for the future this Christmas with the release of the title track from his Official Albums Chart top ten solo album - The Beautiful Unknown.
The music legend, who featured in the current series of Strictly Come Dancing, wrote the song as an anthem of hope at a moment when we are living in uncertain times and would love the title to become part of the British lexicon, and enter into our everyday language.
Matt’s incredible solo career has spanned five studio albums and he has taken them stage at world-class venues such as Carnegie Hall, Madison Square Garden, The Royal Albert Hall, and The London Palladium. As a headliner he has won the SSE Arena Award for Best Show and broken records with the longest residency for a British artist in Las Vegas history.
Philanthropic achievements have seen Matt honoured with the prestigious United Nations Humanitarian Award, and presented with an Icon Award alongside Mohammad Ali and Tony Bennett. He’s won several awards for English patriotism and was asked to write and record ‘Strong’, the anthem for the world-famous breast cancer foundation Susan G. Komen in honour of his late mother.
During the pandemic Matt lifted the mood of fans by recording a cover of Alicia Keys’s hit ‘If I Ain’t Got You’ produced by multi-platinum selling Babyface which saw him raise enough money to provide thousands of meals for NHS first responders, doctors and nurses.
Of the new track, an original composition recorded live with the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Matt says:
“My dream would be that in some way with this song I can help create less fear of the unknown. I, myself, have been through fear and pain not knowing exactly what is next. Although I'm very much a realist, now that I have started to attach optimism to the unknown, my life has felt better.”
As part of Bros, Matt was frontman of the biggest pop band in the world, with hit after hit including When Will I Be Famous, I Owe You Nothing, Drop The Boy and Cat Among The Pigeons. They sold over 16 million records worldwide with their debut album remaining in the charts for a staggering 84 weeks. Fan hysteria among teenage girls grew to a level not seen since The Beatles as the band performed for 19 consecutive nights at Wembley Arena and a Wembley Stadium gig where Matt
became the youngest man ever to headline the iconic venue playing to 77,000 people.
A 2017 reunion saw Bros once again break records, selling out two O2 Arena concerts in just seven seconds, the fastest sell-out ever, ahead of The Spice Girls and Beyonce. Behind-the-scenes documentary ‘Bros: After the Screaming Stops’ won a BAFTA, Best Documentary at the National Film Awards and Moment of the Year at the BBC Radio & Music Awards.
Matt returned to live in the UK over the summer, having spent the last 11 years headlining his own Las Vegas residency. Named ‘The New King of Las Vegas’ his shows engaged audiences with intoxicating vocal sets, big band instrumentals and old-school glamour. He was given the keys to the Vegas strip, and the city proclaimed 8th August ‘Matt Goss’ day in honour of his long tenure.
On Matt’s departure from Strictly Come Dancing, he was deeply touched by the ‘thousands of messages of love and support’ he received during his stay on the primetime BBC1 show, and went to social media, thanking everyone for making him feel so welcome.
He says: “It would be overwhelming if I was to even be considered a contender for the Christmas number one. I’m so proud of The Beautiful Unknown and it was incredible to record with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I was humbled that they loved the song, and it would mean so much to me for the British public to take it into their hearts.”
The music video features Matt performing live with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as the song was recorded from scratch, on a single day, during a wonderful and intense 16-hour session, which left the singer feeling exhausted ‘in the most beautiful way!’
In an exciting interactive viral campaign called ‘Toast To The Nation’ Matt is asking the public to post a video of themselves on social media saying the phrase “To The Beautiful Unknown” and to share these clips by tagging him and adding the hashtag #TheBeautifulUnknown. All of the clips will be
featured on Matt’s social media channels.
Matt concludes: “For me, it’s always the most exhilarating thing to hear people sing a melody you have written. This Christmas and New Year I want everyone to raise a glass to The Beautiful Unknown. Come on everyone and join me in being a fellow optimist during these uncertain times.
All my love, MG”
The future looks optimistic for Matt. A tour and new album are in final planning stages, a new book deal will follow up his best-selling autobiography ‘More Than You Know’, and he is attached to three movies at various stages of planning and pre-production.