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  • Carthage native dives into show business

  • Welcome to Matt's party.
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  • Welcome to Matt's party. Matt Cline is a 1994 Carthage High School graduate in the entertainment business. After graduating from college in 2000, Cline moved to Nashville, Tenn., and took a traveling sales job selling chocolate. All the while, he was writing songs, playing shows, and trying to navigate the music business. He signed a songwriting deal with Ray Stevens in February 2009 and worked with him until 2012. “It was pretty cool working directly with someone you've looked up to for years,” Cline said. “He's recorded several of my songs.” The entertainment businesses hasn't been an easy road for Cline, but he has kept at it for 12 years. “Somedays I feel like I'm just starting out,” he said. “It's a very tough and frustrating business. I know that's why I incorporate a lot of humor into my writing. A lot of folks take this music business thing way too serious. It's the same with politics. You've got to laugh about it or you'd just go nuts.” Cline says his inspiration derives from his younger days, which were full of laughter from the comedic styles of Ray Stevens and Weird Al Yankovic. Of course, encouragement comes from the initial feedback of laughter or tears from a crowd. “(So far, I'm most proud of) playing a show here in Nashville and watching Ray laughing in the audience,” Cline said. “And recently finishing my debut conservative political comedy album.” The album is described as good, clean humor coming from Cline's original perspective on life, current events and issues. He said his youth in Carthage taught him about God, and how to enjoy the simple things in life. “Carthage is a special place,” he said. “If I had anything to add for young aspiring Carthaginians, I would encourage them to dream big in a small town. You can do anything you put your mind to. Just never forget where you came from and who provided the air you breathe. I'm proud to be from Carthage. It's a part of who I am. Thanks for your support. My wife appreciates the grocery money.”

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