Matthew Jackson Melashenko is a twenty-four (24) year old musician from Waynesville, North Carolina. He was born July 28, 1981 to Eugene and Terri Beth Melashenko in San Luis Obispo, California. His education includes three years at Southern Adventist University studying a variety of subjects, including but not limited to: computer science, education, music, and religion. At six years of age, Matt began piano lessons. He won first place in the Dutchland Keyboard Competition in Pennsylvania when only nine years old and was privileged to play (Vladimir) Horowitz's piano in the rotunda building at Harrisburg, Pennsylvania soon after. When Matt began high school, at the age of fifteen, he began singing in a variety of choral groups, thus developing his singing voice. In college, Matt continued to sing more and also took numerous music courses, thus developing and preparing him for his work in music today. During the third year of college, Matt had a very powerful experience in which God changed and even saved his life. He is now an independent musician working full time as a performer, songwriter, and recording artist. Matt has discovered that being around people and sharing music is his calling. Some of his other hobbies include computers, entertainment (TV/movies), games, literature, music, philosophy, relationships, religion, sports, and technology.