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Youth is an album by American Hasidic Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu, which was released on March 7, 2006. It is his second proper studio release, as Live at Stubb's is a live album. The CD quickly shot to the top of iTunes best sellers list the day it was released (partially because iTunes ran a special promotion for pre-orders).

The first single from the album is "King without a Crown", which was also appeared on Matisyahu's previous album, Live at Stubb's. However, a different music video was shot for the Youth version of the song, whereas the version on the Stubb's concert album was accompanied by a concert video. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 with over 119,000 copies sold in its first week releasedhttp. A month later, the album was certified gold by the RIAA.http As of September 24, 2008 the album has sold approximately 585,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen Soundscanhttp.On December 27, 2006, Billboard announced that Youth ranked 3rd overall on the 2006 Reggae album charts, immediately behind Live at Stubb's. Retrieved on 05-24-07

The topic of the album is mostly the support and promotion of youth voice, more explicitly in the eponymous second track. The album, along with its topic, mixes Matisyahu's lyrics, which contain several references to his Jewish beliefs, with a mainstream sound.


* Matthew Paul Miller—vocals

* Roots Tonic—music (Aaron Dugan: guitar, Josh Werner: bass and keys, Jonah David: drums)

* Marlon "Moshe" Sobol —guest musician on "WP"

* Stan Ipcus—guest musician on "WP"

* Yusu Youssou—guest musician on "Shalom/Saalam" and "Ancient Lullaby"

* Bill Laswell—production, engineering

* Ill Factor & Jimmy Douglass—production on "Time of Your Song", "Indestructible", and "Jerusalem"

* Bob Musso—engineering

* James Dellatacoma—assistant engineering

* Michael Fossenkemper—mastering


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Artist/Band Information

Matthew Paul Miller (born June 30, 1979), better known by his Hebrew name Matisyahu (Hebrew:מתתיהו) is an American Hasidic Jewish reggae musician.

Known for blending traditional Jewish themes with Reggae, rock and hip hop beat-boxing sounds, Matisyahu's single "King Without a Crown" was a Top 40 hit in the United States of America. Since 2004, he has released three studio albums as well as two live albums, two remix CDs and one DVD featuring a live concert. Through his career, Matisyahu has worked with Bill Laswell and reggae producers Sly & Robbie.


Personal life

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.

He was brought up a Reconstructionist Jew, and attended Hebrew school at Bet Am Shalom, a synagogue located in White Plains. He performed for over a year under the alias MC Truth in Bend, Oregon's Soulfori band. He spent some time as a young man as a self-professed "Phish-head," taking hallucinogens and following the rock band Phish on tour.

In the fall of 1995, Matisyahu took part in a two month-long program that offers students first-hand exploration of Jewish heritage at the Alexander Muss High School in Hod Hasharon, Israel. His experiences there significantly affected his feelings towards Judaism eventually leading to his decision to adopt Orthodox Judaism, becoming a Baal Teshuva around 2001. Initially he found his way to the Carlebach Shul on the West Side of Manhattan. Matisyahu then found his way to Chabad of Washington Square. He finished high school at a wilderness program in Bend, Oregon. Joan Anderman, 20 June 30, 2004. Matisyahu then began playing with the Jewish band Pey Dalid. by Brian Blum at Shabbat Shalom; June 15, 2006

From 2001 through July 2007, Matisyahu was affiliated with the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York. However, as of July 17, 2007, he told the Miami New Times in an interview that he no longer "necessarily" identifies with the Lubavitch movement. In the interview, he stated that "...the more I'm learning about other types of Jews, I don't want to exclude myself. I felt boxed in.". July 17, 2007, Miami New Times Blog. Additionally, in the fall of 2007, while on a family vacation spent primarily in Jerusalem's Nachlaot neighborhood, he expressed interest in another Hasidic sect, that of Karlin.. October 9, 2007, HaAretz Daily Newspaper Israel. As of November 2007 he has confirmed a preference to pray at the Karliner synagogue in Boro Park where the custom is to ecstatically scream prayers; however he continues to reside in Crown Heights because of his wife's affinity for the community.. November 28, 2007, The Jewish Week.

Soon after his adoption of hasidism, Matisyahu began studying Torah at Hadar Hatorah, a yeshiva for returnees to Judaism where he wrote and recorded his first album. He counts Bob Marley, Phish, Rolling Stone. New CDs: Matisyahu, Juvenile, by Peter Relic. March 6, 2006 God Street Wine and Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach among his musical inspirations and gives credit to Rabbi Simon Jacobson's book Toward a Meaningful Life for the lyrical inspiration to Youths title track. As part of his faith, he does not perform in concert on Friday nights in observance of the Jewish Sabbath. An exception to this occurred at a 2007 concert in Fairbanks, Alaska, which was allowed because the sun did not set until 2:00 a.m.. Retrieved July 4, 2008.

Matisyahu's wife's name is Tahlia; They have two sons. As of late 2010, Matisyahu and his wife are vegans.


Etetete.jpgthumbMatisyahu performing at the Roskilde Festival in 2006

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. Rolling Stone Magazine, Evan Serpick. Feb 24, 2006

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.

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.. March 14, 2006, Ben Sisario, The New York Times.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On November 26, 2010, Matisyahu released a special edition 7" Vinyl called, 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.

On August 18, 2010, Matisyahu returned to Stubb's in Austin, Texas for another live recording for Live at Stubb's, Vol. 2. The album was released on February 1, 2011.http

Artistic style

Matisyahu at a concert.jpgthumbMatisyahu performance in 2005

Matisyahu fuses the contemporary styles of rap, beatboxing, and hip-hop in general, with the more traditional vocal disciplines of jazz's scat singing and Judaism's hazzan style of songful prayer—more often than not rolling it all into a dominant background of reggae music. The New York Times Kelefa Sanneh wrote that "His sound owes a lot to early dancehall reggae stars like Barrington Levy and Eek-a-Mouse." The Chicago Tribunes Kevin Pang described a Matisyahu performance as "soul-shaking brand of dancehall reggae, a show that captures both the jam band vibe of Phish and the ska-punk of Sublime." Matisyahu's style has been compared to JewDa Maccabi, an Orthodox Jew from Florida who includes religious lyrics within a musical style derived from hip-hop., Leslie Bunder. "Something Jewish" Dec. 19, 2005. Coming from his Jewish beliefs and compounding his use of the hazzan style, Matisyahu's lyrics are mostly English with more than occasional use of Hebrew and Yiddish.

In 2006, Matisyahu stated that "All of my songs are influenced and inspired by the teachings that inspire me. I want my music to have meaning, to be able to touch people and make them think. Chasidism teaches that music is 'the quill of the soul.' Music taps into a very deep place and speaks to us in a way that regular words can't.",, April 2006.

In 2009, he said about his recently released album Light, "I think the vast majority of people that respect what I do are willing to move with me. I think it's not so much about genres or styles of music as it is about expressing the emotion or the idea. ... Whatever allows you to do that, whatever style, as long as it's authentic." In 2010 he also confirmed his first speaking date at the University of Central Florida., Jerusalem Post, August 30, 2009.


Matisyahu 2007.JPGthumbMatisyahu July 2007, Mansfield, MA on tour with 311

Matisyahu has performed with Kenny Muhammad, a Muslim beatboxer. He also recorded the song "One Day" along with Akon.http

Matisyahu is also featured on Trevor Hall's Single "Unity" from his self titled album.

Matisyahu is also featured on P.O.D.'S Album Testify on Tracks 1 (Roots in Stereo) and Track 11 (Strength of My Life).

Matisyahu also collaborated with Infected Mushroom on the track Artillery, as well as during various live sets.


Since his debut, Matisyahu has received positive reviews from both rock and reggae outlets. In 2006 he was named as Top Reggae Artist by BillboardMartens, Todd. "", Reuters. as well as being named a spokesperson for Kenneth Cole.Slutsky, Carolyn. "", Jewish Week, New York. In 2006 Esquire's Esky Music Awards - Most Lovable Oddball in The magazine called him "the most intriguing reggae artist in the world." April 2006, Volume 145, Issue 4.

Origin of his name

Matisyahu is an Ashkenazic Hebrew pronunciation of the Biblical name Matityahu, (מתתיהו, Mattathias), the name of the 2nd century BCE Jewish leader of the Maccabees' revolt. The English equivalent is Matthew.

Matisyahu Miller explained the origin of his personal use of the name in an interview in Kosher Spirit Magazine (a publication by OK Kosher Certification) as follows: His full secular name is Matthew Paul Miller, and the legal Hebrew name he received at his brit milah (circumcision ceremony) at eight days of age was forgotten. In Hebrew school it was assumed to be Matisyahu because of the connection between Matthew and Matisyahu. The original certificate from the brit was later located and he discovered that the actual name given at the brit was the Yiddish name "Feivish Hershel". He was advised by his rabbis to continue using the Hebrew name that he had grown up with. Kosher Spirit Magazine, Fall 2005.

Touring members


* Matisyahu – vocals (2000–)

* Rob Marscher – keyboards (2008–)

Dub Trio:

* Stu "Bassie" Brooks – bass guitar (2009–)

* Joe Tomino – drums (2009–)

* D.P. Holmes – guitar (2009–)


* Aaron Dugan − guitar, ex-Roots Tonic (2004–2010)

* Jonah David − drums, ex-Roots Tonic (2004–2007)

* Josh Werner – bass, ex-Roots Tonic (2004–2007)

* Borahm Lee – keyboards (2006–2007)

* Skoota Warner – drums (2007–2008)

* Jason Fraticelli – bass (2007–2009)


Studio albums

Live albums

Remix albums

Extended plays


Guest appearances

* So Called – The So Called Seder: A HipHop Haggadah, JDUB Records, 2005 , Track 9. Released Jun 21, 2005.

:Track 3rd Cup: Yahu (also featuring Trevor Dunn)

* P.O.D. – Testify, Atlantic, 2006 , Tracks 1 and 11. Released Jan. 24, 2006

:Tracks Roots In Stereo and Strength Of My Life

* Ta-Shma – Come Listen, JMG, 2006, Track 2. Released Sept. 19, 2006.

:Track Rachamana

* C-Rayz Walz – The Dropping, Urchin Studios, 2006

:Track Childhood (also featuring Kosha Dillz)

*Amnesty International/iTunes exclusive compilation Make Some Noise in support of Darfur

:Matisyahu & Dub Trio track Watching The Wheels (like all songs on the compilation this is a John Lennon cover)

*Co-wrote the song "Away with This" with Joseph Israel () and performed it live on both February 19, 2005, in Austin, Texas at Stubb's ( YouTube Video of event) and again on December 8, 2007, in Brooklyn, New York at the Warsaw Theater ( YouTube Video of event).

*Provided vocals for the track "Drown in the Now". The third track on The Crystal Method's 2009 album "Divided By Night".

*Featured on cover of the Beatles's Within You Without You performed by Easy Star All Stars on the 2009 album Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band. Easy Star Records, 2009

*Co-wrote and regularly performs "Unity" with Trevor Hall, 2009, a song encouraging the interfaith celebration of God

* Sephardic Music Festival Compilation Vol.1, Shemspeed Records, 2010

:Track Two Child One Drop

Cover versions

*"The Circle of Life" (Elton John/Disney) – cover – from the Lion King, appears on Disney's Reggae Remix CD

*"Message in a Bottle" (The Police) – Album cover – Appears on his No Place to Be CD/DVD set

*"Rastaman Chant" (Bob Marley) – Live cover Live at The Funkbox on 2004-10-21

*"Soul Rebel" (The Wailers) – Live a capella cover Live at 2004 Jewish-American Festival on 2004-09-05

*"Watching the Wheels" (John Lennon) – Album cover – Appears on Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur

*"Zion Train" (Bob Marley) – Live cover

*"No Woman, No Cry" (Bob Marley) – Live cover

*"Morning Dew" (Bonnie Dobson) – Live cover Live at Toad's Place on 2007-12-02 (December 2, 2007)

*"Billie Jean" (Michael Jackson) – Live cover Live at Knitting factory on 2009-06-25 (June 25, 2009)

*"Running Away" (Bob Marley) – Cover – seen at his October 21, 2009 House of Blues, Anaheim show

TV, radio, and film appearances

* Headline News (Shanon Cook) (July 2004)

* Jimmy Kimmel Live (August 24, 2004)

* Last Call with Carson Daly (2004)

* Steve Harvey's Big Time Challenge (2004)

* The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2005)

* Late Night With Conan O'Brien (2005)

* World Cafe (NPR) (July 29, 2005)

* The Late Late Show (November 15, 2005)

* mtvU Woodie Awards 2005 (November 2005)

* MTV 10 Spot (December 6, 2005)

* MTVU : Uber (December 19, 2005)

* Late Show with David Letterman (January 16, 2006)

* Late Night with Conan O'Brien (March 7, 2006)

* Jimmy Kimmel Live (March 8, 2006)

* CBS Sunday Morning (March 26, 2006)

* WOCL Early 2006

* Guerilla Gig Live (March 31, 2006)

* Later with Jools Holland (May 12, 2006)

* Late Late Show with Pat Kenny (May 19, 2006)

* Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1 (May 31, 2006)

* MTV LIVE, MTV Canada (June 12, 2006)

* Bonnaroo, Manchester, TN (June 18, 2006)

* Rock Werchter 2006, Belgium (June 29, 2006)

* Lollapalooza, Chicago (August 5, 2006)

* Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin, Texas (September 17, 2006)

* Soundcheck, WNYC, New York City, (December 11, 2006)

* The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (January 3, 2007)

* Jimmy Kimmel Live (January 4, 2007)

* Matisyahu appears in the 2007 documentary film Orthodox Stance where he performs for the entrance of boxer Dmitriy Salita to the ring.

* The Jewish Americans (PBS miniseries) (2008)

*Late Night With Conan O'Brien (February 9, 2009) - with Brett Dennen

* (WMMR) Preston and Steve (July 8, 2009)

* NPR's World Cafe with David Dye (August 21, 2009)

* (Sirius-21, XM-47) with Cane (August 25, 2009)

* The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien (August 27, 2009)

* Late Show with David Letterman (December 17, 2009)

* Jimmy Kimmel Live (April 1, 2010)

* Alfombra Roja, Santiago, Chile (April 20, 2010)

* Spicks and Specks, Australia (May 12, 2010)

* The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (June 16, 2010)

* A Matisyahu poster appeared in the September 23, 2010 (season premiere) episode of Fringe. The site of the poster was Brooklyn, in the alternate universe.

* Red Band, Israel (2011)

See also

*Awake Zion- a documentary that compares Rastafarians and Jews


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