Sayers’ track ‘Summertime Serenade’ featured on CDWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
Georgia native Matt Sayers’ soft Southern twang is evident on his original track “Summertime Serenade,” released on “Red, White & You.”
“There’s a lot of people doing covers and everything like that and I was actually considering doing that and then I felt inspired to write,” said Sayers, who has spent most of his adult life in Toledo.
The tune details the sounds of a warm, romantic summer night like crickets, bull frogs, owls and the crackling of a bonfire.
“I just put myself in a summer night and let it go,” Sayers said.
Sayers, who played all the instruments on his track, said he’s been in several bands during the past decade, but has recently focused on his own acoustic career.
“I’m probably one of the biggest Toledo-area artists that you’ve never heard of,” he said with a soft laugh. Sayers also works as a supervisor at an electric company.
He said he hopes to put out an album by the end of the year and that recording a track on “Red, White & You” inspired him to move forward.
“[Contributing to ‘Red, White & You’] kind of motivated me to get back into recording and playing music,” he said.
He also praised the organizations that the album benefits, the American Red Cross of Northwest Ohio.
“We’ve been seeing a lot of tragedies and a lot of natural disasters, especially in these last few years, and God bless [the Red Cross] for coming in and wanting to help and getting these people on their feet,” Sayers said.
He added of the other artists on the CD, “It’s great that there’s so many artists who were willing to put the time and effort into doing this for others.”