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MATT SCHUSTER - Thought You Were - Warner Music Nashville

Undeniably talented singer-songwriter Matt Schuster has quickly made a name for himself as one of the most impressive young artists in country music, and he continues to release music that peaks to his penmanship and vocal ability.

His latest effort is a nostalgic tune that explores the grief-turned-bitter side of a breakup.  “Thought You Were” is available digitally and on all streaming platforms now via Warner Music Nashville.

“This song is about ending a close relationship because the other person wasn’t who you thought they were,” Schuster shared.

We’ve all been there, right?  You meet and fall for someone, only to realize sometime later that the person you fell for wasn’t at all who that person actually was inside.  It’s a tumultuously common tale of a relationship’s ending, one that, in this case, still haunts Schuster as he croons his way through the hauntingly somber verses that ebb and flow through memories as they develop into regrets.

“But I miss your Levi, blue-eye hold on my heart

I miss your late-night, slow-drive glow in the dark

When I start wishing that I was with you

I wish it didn’t hurt

‘Cause I know that I don’t miss you

I miss who I thought you were”

Written by Schuster along with Emily Falvey, Andrew Stoelzing and Adam Yaron, the ballad showcases the piano from start to finish, interluding beautifully characterized melodies that infectiously capture the vibe as the lyrics paint a picture of confusion, pain, and repentance.

Having signed a label deal with Warner Music Nashville and tallying over 150 million streams across all platforms to date, the Spotify Hot Country Artist to Watch for 2024 is well on his way to becoming one of the most promising acts on the mainstream country music landscape. 

“Thought You Were” follows a string of successful releases in 2023, including “Left Me In The Dusk”, “Last Fall”, and “Tell Me Tennessee”.  Already having garnered praise amongst fans, critics, and fellow artists for his innate songwriting ability and approach, the Illinois native has begun the next chapter of his career, laying the groundwork for a promising career as a major-label recording artist.

On February 24, he made his Grand Ole Opry debut, where he performed “Thought You Were” as well as his renowned cover of Billy Joel’s “Vienna” to overwhelming and well-deserved response from the crowd.  After touring with Ashley Cooke in 2023 as well as select dates alongside Kameron Marlowe and Dylan Scott, Schuster has dates scattered across the U.S. in the spring and summer, with additional appearances expected soon. 

(Review Written By: Chad Carlson)



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