“I didn’t pursue music; music pursued me.”
From hard-hitting documentaries that challenge the viewer to change the way they think about the world to light-hearted comedy that offers the escapism movies often do; from packed theatres to a home audience; with over 50 credits to his name Matthew Head is an Emmy Award winning film composer, music producer, and arranger with the unique ability to move an audience through music; to take a scene accentuate key moments to increase the intensity of a line, word, glance or motion. As the new music producer for OWN’s number 1 rated show “Greenleaf” and the booming TV/film industry in Georgia, this Marietta-native is embarking on the next phase of his career.
At just 5-years-old, Matthew began playing piano and by 12 began writing music. His mother and school teacher played instrumental, jazz, and new age music in their Marietta, Ga home while the future composer/producer found joy listening to the Michael Jackson albums curated by mastermind Quincy Jones. He later went to Savannah State University on a football scholarship but ended up dropping out to pursue music and returned to Marietta where he landed a job at a small studio in Smyrna.
Matthew continued pursuing his gift, and through that he landed projects with Capital Records and Atlantic Records. Through one of his contacts, he was introduced to the TV/Film world, and since 2008 then he ultimately transitioned from producing albums to composing and scoring only. He’s worked on movies, documentaries, and even commercials. Working with The Horne Brother’s production company, Matthew served as the composer of the award-winning documentary, “The Start of Dreams” featuring Broadway Director, Kenny Leon. He also worked with Christopher Everett to compose the music for his documentary “Wilmington on Fire.”
Matthew’s scoring success can be contributed to his ability to compose music for various film genres including “The Man in 3B,” “Girlfriends’ Getaway 1 & 2,” and “Rickey Smiley For Real;” TV shows like “Raising Izzie” and “In The Meantime.” Matthew’s dedications lead him to receive several awards and nominations, such as Best Soundtrack at the Motor City International (2007), Stellar Award Nominee (2007), NAACP Image Award Nominee (2013), and Outstanding Achievement Award Los Angeles Web Festival (2014). In 2015, Matthew received his first Emmy Award for his music composition for the corporate documentary, “Melissa’s Story” produced by Scott Takeda of Takeda Entertainment.
In his new role on “Greenleaf,” Matthew has the creative freedom to step away from the keys and bring in Atlanta’s best players to create a new sound for the show. “I use church players. On Sundays, they come in from church and they carry that energy that we need for the music to translate through the screen. We record for hours and the result always turns out to better than anything I could have ever imagined,” he explains.
“I see endless opportunities as the Georgia TV/film industry grows. People are starting to learn that I’m here. They don’t have to film here and return to Los Angeles for post-production. I can compose and record a full score here in Atlanta. I think people will be impressed by my new work,” says Matthew.