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Matisyahu was born in West Chester, Pennsylvania as Matthew Miller; his family eventually settled in White Plains, New York. He also has a younger sister named Julie.[2]

In 2004, Matisyahu, after having signed with JDub Records, a not-for-profit record label that promotes Jewish musicians, released his first album, Shake Off the Dust…Arise. At Bonnaroo 2005, Trey Anastasio of the band Phish invited him for a guest spot on his set.[12]

His major label debut album was produced by Bill Laswell, with minor contribution by pop producers Jimmy Douglass and the Ill Factor.

His live album, Live at Stubb’s, released in 2005, was recorded at a concert in Austin, Texas was followed by the studio album Youth.

In 2005 and 2006 he toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Europe; and made a number of stops in Israel, including a performance as the supporting act for Sting in June 2006. In late 2006, he released No Place to Be, a remix album featuring re-recordings and remixes of songs from all three of his earlier albums, as well as a cover of „Message in a Bottle” by The Police.

The live version of the song King Without a Crown, broke into the Modern Rock Top 10 in 2006. The accompanying video and album, Youth, produced by Bill Laswell, were released on March 7, 2006. On March 16, Youth was Billboard magazine’s number-one Digital Album. In 2006, he appeared once again at Bonnaroo, this time performing a solo set.[13]

In spring 2006, right before the release of Youth, he cut ties with his managers at JDub Records. JDub managed his act, but was not his record label.[14]

At the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival, the film Unsettled, in which Matisyahu appears, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature. While attending the festival, he performed in an impromptu concert at the Park City Film Music Festival in Park City, Utah. In the summer of 2007 he joined 311 on their Summer Unity Tour. He also performed in the 2008 documentary Call + Response.[15]

His third studio album, Light was released on August 25, 2009, along with the live EP Live at Twist & Shout.

From July 10 to July 30, 2010, Matisyahu (along with The Dirty Heads) supported Sublime with Rome (the new version of long-defunct ska punk band) on their US tour.[16]

In November 2009, NBC used Matisyahu’s song „One Day” as background music for their advertisement of the Olympic games. This stirred up speculation that „One Day” may become the theme song for the 2010 Olympics. However, it remained only NBC’s top pick, and was not announced to be the theme song. [17]

On August 2, 2010, Matisyahu revealed to OC Weekly that he has been writing new songs for his next album, which should be recorded in a couple weeks.[18]

On November 26, 2010 Matisyahu released a special edition Record Store Day Black Friday 7″ Vinyl called, Two for independent record stores.

Matisyahu recorded the Sephardic music-influenced hip hop song „Two Child One Drop” for the The Official Sephardic Music Festival COMPILATION VOL. 1 album released by Shemspeed, alongside artists such as Hasidic rapper Y-Love, Israeli hip-hop group Hadag Nahash, and psychedelic rock/Sephardic fusion group Pharaoh’s Daughter.[19]

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