Matisyahu’s New EP ‘Hold The Fire’ Out Now

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“Matisyahu’s new EP [Hold The Fire] is not only a departure from his usual sound, but the meaning behind the songs could not come at a more pertinent time.”

Newsweek

“Matisyahu’s lean, resonant vocals give his expressions both authority and accessibility, whatever your faith or lack of it.” 

USA Today

“He melds a kind of Deadhead playfulness with resolute moralism and his devotional lyrics.”

The New York Times

“An artist who has a ton to say – and who will entertain the hell out of you while he says it.”  

Consequence

“Positivity, spirituality and strive for self-realization have always been [Matisyahu’s] mix.”  

Billboard

“Matisyahu has made a hallmark of daring creativity, and has demonstrated a unique ability to integrate diverse musical influences into his sound.”

HuffPost

Today, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, and alternative reggae rock musician Matisyahu has released his new EP, Hold The Fire, via his own label Fallen Sparks Records. PRESS HERE to listen. The 5-song collection already hailed “a must listen!” – includes the lead single “Fireproof” as well as the previously released tracks “Fool’s Gold” and “End Of The World.” Earlier this week, Matisyahu kicked off his headlining Hold The Fire Tour in support of the new EP. The 34-date outing, with special guest Cydeways, stops all across the U.S. before wrapping March 23rd in Brooklyn, NY. See below for the full routing and visit https://matisyahuworld.com/tour for all details and to purchase tickets. $1 of every ticket sale will be donated to the Last Prisoner Project, a nonprofit dedicated to cannabis criminal justice reform and releasing every nonviolent cannabis prisoner.

“I am so excited for my new EP, Hold The Fire, to be out into the world.” “Enjoy the new music and I hope to see you all in person on this tour. We’re hitting 34 cities, playing new songs and classics. Blessed love.”

Matisyahu

For nearly two decades, Matisyahu has kept his creative spirit aflame by evolving his sound, melding genres, and testing the limits of the musical traditions that have inspired him. A special kind of fire spurred the creation of Hold The Fire, especially the EP’s first single “Fireproof,which touches upon Matisyahu’s unwavering ability to keep his artistic fire burning. The timely track explores the topics of perseverance and gratitude in times of trouble, a theme everyone can relate to, especially with what is currently happening in Israel.  While the new EP is centered around the four earth elements, Matisyahu also reflects on celebrity and artistic success on “Fool’s Gold” and the observation that we often find ourselves imitating other people or listening too much to their opinions of us. On a more down-to-earth tip, earthly love can keep the fire burning in the creative fireplace, as he rhymes about in the uptempo “Love Supplier. The EP’s title track, Hold The Fire, stems from the closing track “Lifeline, a tribute to community.

In his continued support of Israel and his Jewish roots, Matisyahu visited Israel in January, where he performed a sold-out benefit show in Tel Aviv, with proceeds going to Bring Them Home Now to assist hostage families. He also spent time with the families and soldiers and visited the site of the Nova Music Festival and met with survivors. His visit overseas follows Matisyahu’s surprise appearance at the March for Israel in Washington, DC this past November, where the performance of his global anthem “One Day” with The Maccabeats created a standout moment.

Like only the most gifted storytellers, Matisyahu spins the rare kind of stories that simultaneously enlighten, enthrall, and expand the audience’s sense of possibility. Known for his skill in blending a shapeshifting collision of reggae, hip-hop, alt rock and boldly inventive pop – all while paying homage to his spirituality and roots in Judaism – Matisyahu’s live shows consistently provide audiences with a dynamic and energetic performance full of life and illumination. With nearly 20 years under his belt, he’s teamed up with the best improvisational musicians and artists for jam sessions and collaborations, and his long and winding career consists of seven studio albums including the chart-topping Light (2009), Youth (2006), and Spark Seeker (2012), as well as Akeda (2014), Undercurrent (2017), and Matisyahu (2022), and various live albums including his 2005 Gold-certified breakthrough Live At Stubb’s. Last summer, the New York-raised and New Jersey-based multi-talent released Live In Brooklyn, recorded at the iconic Brooklyn Bowl New York during his annual Festival of Light. Exemplifying his transcendent live show, Live In Brooklyn features renditions of fan-favorites and global hits including the Gold-certified One Day– whose original version has been streamed over 150 million times on Spotify alone – and the genre-bending, Billboard Hot 100-charting and alt-radio topping breakthrough single King Without A Crown.

HOLD THE FIRE TRACK LISTING

1.      Fireproof

2.      End Of The World

3.      Fool’s Gold

4.      Love Supplier

5.      Lifeline

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