I’ve always found it off-putting when people speak about themselves in the third person. That’s probably why I hate reading and writing bios so damn much.
My name is Matthew Ian Welch. I grew up a nerdy, fat kid in North Carolina, and I moved to California for school. Although music had always been part of my life before, it wasn’t until college that I began singing or considering a career as a performer. Before that, I figured I’d probably just end up a hypertensive attorney and/or some pretentious NPR personality.
I stayed in LA after graduating for two reasons: (1) so that I could keep dating my hot girlfriend; and, (2) because I once had a minor, non-singing role in a high school musical. I figured the latter was sufficient proof that I was the next Leonardo DiCaprio. My hot girlfriend eventually dumped me, and I’ve come to appreciate that great acting requires years of hard work. But, in the meanwhile, I began a performance career that continues to this day.
My earliest work was singing with choirs, in operas, and in small ensembles. Since then, I’ve added improv comedy, film and commercial acting, musicals and theatre, and styles of music that don’t enrage my neighbors or scare my niece quite as badly. I've also ventured deeper into photography, audio production, and film direction. This website exists at the nexus of my narcissism and a genuine desire to bring honesty, sensitivity, beauty, and a sense of humor to my work and life. If you'd like to know more, please feel free to contact me.