Matisyahu is an American singer and musician who excels in the musical genres such as Jewish American reggae, alternative rock, and beatboxing. He has released five studio albums so far and has done numerous live concerts all over the United States and other countries. Scroll down to learn more about the career and net worth of Matisyahu in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
Matisyahu was born as Matthew Paul Miller on June 30, 1979, in West Chester, Pennsylvania and was brought up in White Plains, New York. Matisyahu attended the Hebrew School in White Plains and did his high schooling at the White Plains High School. He dropped out from the high school and immersed himself into drugs while following the band Phish on tour. Later he attended to the New York rehabilitation centre to relieve himself from his addiction to drugs. He was brought up as a Jew, and his stage name Matisyahu in Hebrew means Gift of God.
Matisyahu married Tahlia, an NYU film student in 2004. The couple has three sons Laivy, Shalom, and Menachem Mendel. The couple got divorced in 2012, which Matisyahu confirmed only in 2014, saying that they are still in good terms. Matisyahu also has another daughter, Sasha Lillian, with his girlfriend Toma Danley whom he met in 1997 while attending a drug recovery program in Bend, Oregon. Sasha was born with a defect in the heart which she overcame after surgeries. Matisyahu is a board member of the Jewish Vegan Organization.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Matthew released his first studio album Shake Off the Dust… Arise in 2004 after signing with JDub Records. He was invited as a guest by Trey Anastasio, a member of his favourite band Phish in 2005. His second studio album Youth was released in 2006 followed by Light in 2009, Spark Speaker in 2012, Akeda in 2014, and Undercurrent in 2017.
Matisyahu has done numerous tours and has a wide range of fan following. His current touring members include Joe Tomino (drums), Aaron Dugan (guitar), Stu Brooks (bass), and Big Yuki (keyboards). He has also done a lot of work collaborating with other artists such as beatboxer Kenny Muhammad, Trevor Hall, Shyne, J.Ralph, and Akon. He has also appeared in movies A Buddy Story and The Possession.
In 2007 Matisyahu’s Youth was nominated in the category of Best Reggae Album at the Grammy Awards. The same year his King Without a Crown was nominated for Best Reggae Video at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan. His Spark Seeker was nominated for Best Caribbean Performance in 2012 at the Soul Train Music Awards.
Net Worth & Earnings
His current net worth is estimated at around $15 million. The sources that contribute to such fortune are his musical albums and the tours he frequently does to most parts of the world. His appearances in music videos of fellow artists and his endorsement of certain brands have also accounted to the wealth he has banked so far.
Spending his adulthood succumbed to the influence of drugs and alcohol, Matisyahu has sacrificed a lot to overcome his addiction, and his life is an inspiration for all of us who are somehow addicted to certain things that hinder our progress towards our goal as success never come without sacrifice.