Matt Nakoa

MATT NAKOA is an internationally touring singer/songwriter, recently appearing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk icon Tom Rush.

Across the board, his songcraft has garnered awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition and as “Most Requested” at The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Though not easily pinned down, “In sum,” as a recent review put it, “Matt Nakoa is musically adept, one of those well-kept secrets you just can’t help but celebrate: intimate and genuine soulful and bittersweet, a rich poetic songbook sung in praise to a complicated, emotionally present world.”


“Most Wanted” Winner – Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
New Folk Winner – Kerrville Folk Festival
Sundilla Radio Hours’ “Albums Of The Year” list
Selected to play at The White House

“On the ivories, (think of) a hot-handed phenom who can go from Chopin to beer-drenched honkytonk in one set …On guitar, a Jack Johnson-esque singer-songwriter…between his piano chops, charismatic stage presence, and heartfelt originals on guitar…he drops jaws.”

The Boston Globe

“Matt is truly a rare treasure …I think if he could play here every week my audience would be thrilled….the show was an incredible success and I look forward to working with you to book Matt’s next performance here at The Loft.”

Marc Schauber

The Loft -Yonkers, NY

“Matt is amazingly talented. His performance went beyond my expectations. The audience was very appreciative giving him a standing ovation which is not often done with the Cabaret performances.”

Nancy Anderson

Midland Theater/Stage Door Series

“Matt Nakoa left us breathless…The music was a symphonic scale and showstopping, cosmic proportion.”

Elmore Magazine

“I think my jaw dropped when I first heard Nakoa perform live…He’s Jerry Lee Lewis meets Beethoven.”

Lauren Daley

“…a young man with an old soul and more talent than one man should have. […] an accomplished guitar player and classically trained piano player, Matt has come into his own as a songwriter and his vocal style is uniquely his own.  He handled the audience with the ease and confidence of a seasoned pro…”

Cashbox Canada


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