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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: Live At Stubb's Vol.II

1. Kodesh (Live)

2. Time Of Your Song (Live)

3. Mist Rising (Live)

4. Darkness Into Light (Live)

5. Youth (Live)

6. I Will Be Light (Live)

7. Two Child One Drop (Live)

8. Open The Gates (Live)

9. One Day (Live)

10. Motivate (Live)

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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: Live At Stubb's

1. Sea To Sea (Live)

2. Chop 'Em Down (Live)

3. Warrior (Live)

4. Lord Raise Me Up (Live)

5. King Without A Crown (Live)

6. Aish Tamid (Live)

7. Beat Box (Live)

8. Fire And Heights (Live)

9. Exaltation (Live)

10. Refuge (Live)

11. Heights (Live)

12. Close My Eyes (Live)

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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

16. Drown In The Now

17. 7 Beggars

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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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In San Antone river jammin thill
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Sunshine: This is my favorite song by Matisyahu.. Simply because I had my own exodus. I think the album photo looks like me when I was younger. I don't know, look at my photo and the album photo and tell me what you think. :-) I LOVE YOU MATISYAHU... M a t t h e w Miller. Thank you for being here and your music art. amen. Your son has your voice. I am attracted to the voice. PEACE BABIES b :-)
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I Believe in Love: Great song. Great photo.
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I LOVE THIS SONG
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louiselowry4 5 7
Great music, I'm so happy to have found it and I'm intrigued with Matisyahu bio and spiritual path.
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Its so annoying how ppl bring up how he's a talented Jew when his talents are universal. Amazing songwriter and truly one of a kind. Also very underrated, he had world changing positive messages. Wish he had the same energy like he did a decade ago, he's still young. Man that king with no crown song tho you can feel the love good lord its so good
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masonss.john s o n
The world is truly diverse.
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love tis song
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I love this song and heard it millions of times before and look it up on YouTube a lot as well
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so beautiful
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Best song ever
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Let's all get along with each other. Be thankful for everything
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Have a drink and say hello
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King Without A Crown: I love this guy right here:-)
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deslok113
possibility but there exists no empirical evidence to support this hypothesis. And there never may be even if it happens to be true. AND even if it is true that just pushes back the question , what started it all? Number has been falsified by Edwin Hubble. Hubble observed that the galaxies were moving further and further apart. This means that if you go far enough back in time you will come to a singularity aka a starting point of our universe--ak a The Big Bang. so what are we left with?
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deslok113
Shawn,
You couldn't be more wrong. God is not a punishing god. He is love incarnate. There is a BIG difference in believing in a higher power and being religious. But if you like logic and reason let's go there:
There are 4 possibilitie s about our existence: 1. God (aka a creative intelligence ) created the universe as we know and everything in it. 2. The Static Universe Theory--the universe always was and therefore with infinite Throws of the dice of chance life can about from ...
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I admire the life of the artist and the spiritual path towards God striving for unity for segregation in race and religions. Striving for self realization with each step on his path towards oneness
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I'm the atheist in the family, so they're like you're the one that always plays songs like Matisyahu, because I cannot believe in any god that showers the drone striker with love while the mother cries for her baby who dies, innocent. But when Matisyahu sings, thunder-you feel it in ya chest THAT I believe in. Because it's real, we all feel it; we're all the same. There's no terrible, petty, jealous god that rewards your church members while the rest of the world burns! I cry BS!
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Maybe one day we can all get along with each other
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gr8cakebaker
Luv this song. I'm Jewish too
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Peace we need
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One day is the best and it would be great.
I love listening to it and it reminds me of a saying "only the dead have seen the end of war"
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✌️❤️
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one day is like the bet song ever!!!!!! I would love to see him in concert.

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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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:))))))))))) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) > ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) > ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) )
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mel_mel.rock s
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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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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