Washington, DC-based songstress Maryjo Mattea captivates audiences with her uniquely melodic songwriting and hauntingly beautiful voice. Mattea’s music, which has garnered comparisons to Neko Case, Alanis Morissette, and Liz Phair, is the perfect hybrid of polished pop and raw rock. In addition to performing original music and more as a solo artist and with a band, she is also a member of the grunge-garage rock duo, Two Dragons and a Cheetah, electro-rock group, Color Palette, post-rock ensemble, Endless Winter, and occasional bassist for synth-pop band, Loi Loi.
Maryjo Mattea started writing songs when she was 13. They may not have been very good songs, but even as a young child she had a strong desire to express herself through music. Mattea learned to play the piano in grade school and picked up the guitar as a high school sophomore. She had classical vocal training and sang competitively throughout high school, both in a chorus and individually, but didn't start playing her original compositions to audiences until her mid-twenties. Since that time, she’s performed everywhere from the streets of Lancaster, Pennsylvania all the way to the stage at the world-famous 9:30 Club in Washington, DC. She performs solo and in numerous bands whose styles range from punk rock to synth pop. By way of Florida and Pennsylvania, Mattea has made Washington, DC her home since 2011.
Bringing the songs to life on the records and the stage are Scott Manley, Joshua Hunter, and Eamonn Donnelly. Scott Manley (drums) moved to Washington, DC within months of Mattea in 2011. Prior to arriving in DC, Manley received a degree from Temple University in Philadelphia in orchestral percussion, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, and held down the beat for LA-based band, Moving Picture Show. Joshua Hunter (guitar), plays with Mattea in not one, not two, but three bands: Maryjo Mattea, Color Palette, and Endless Winter. He previously played guitar with dance-rock ensemble, Dance for the Dying (DC) and hard rock band, The Elegy Machine (Phoenix). Before re-locating to DC in 2015, Eamonn Donnelly (bass) was bassist for Chicago-based indie rock group, The Kickback. Donnelly's creative talents extend beyond the musical realm; he is also a gifted graphic designer and photographer.