Ilkeston singer-songwriter Matt Henshaw has had a major breakthrough success with his single Easier charting at number 12 in the iTunes charts, fending off competition from the likes of Hozier, George Ezra and Gabrielle Aplin, and legends such as Tracy Chapman, Eva Cassidy and Simon & Garfunkel.
Yesterday (Thursday), he even outsold Ed Sheeran for a day.
Matt is an independent artist releasing music through his own label - Peace, Love & Tea Records - and won the Midlands Independent Music Award for Best Male Solo Singer/Songwriter earlier this year.
Operating on a shoestring budget, he has toured the country and did a stint over in Northern Europe in January and February, playing around 300 shows in a year demonstrating what talent, hard work and persistance can do, developing a loyal fanbase and crossing generational, genre and language barriers his music is proving ever more popular.
The video for the single - Easier - features Crufts Champion dogs, a beautiful VW campervan, Miss Leicestershire, Holly Desai, and future Olympic champion Northamptonshire and Team GB’s Lucy Hatton, and gained over 15,000 views in just under a month.
Matt’s music has caught the ear of BBC Introducing radio producers and DJs up and down the country, and 2016 looks like it could be shaping up to be a busy year.
He will be performing in the area this autumn. For more information of where you can see him and where you can download his single, or make a purchase from the Peace, Love & Tea Shop visit http://www.MattHenshaw.com