From his early days growing up in Houston, Texas, Matt White was more captivated by the deep soul rumblings of Ike Turner than he was the tongue-in-cheek bombast of hometown rock heroes Z.Z. Top. Now, two decades later, it's his relationship with that smooth-yet-dangerous R&B that informs his art, despite the fact that his first exposure to the music business was fronting a four-piece alternative rock band enticingly dubbed Bent. While Bent didn't provide the singer with his ticket to the top, it did assuage some of the doldrums at Sam Houston University and eventually provided him a way out of town. While on tour with the band, White fell in love with Austin and moved there, parting ways with his bandmates and starting anew. He first began performing as a solo acoustic artist at local bars, packing the venues on a nightly basis and earning a place in his newfound hometown as one of the top singer/songwriters there. But life as a solo artist soon paled, and he decided to put a band together, asking former Bent member Joe Fladger to play bass; an ad placed in the Austin Chronicle was the delivery system for drummer Michael Hall. The three pals were wowed by Mark Weaver's bass playing in Austin band Heder, and asked him to join -- except they wanted him to switch to keyboards. He happily obliged and the band went about making their vision of subtle pop rock hegemony a reality. Newly signed to Risky Lizard records, they hired Ian Moore producer Matt Addison, and recorded their debut album, Burn Out Bright. Within days after the 2004 release, they were logging hard hours in their minivan promoting their stylish mix of emotive, stylish pop with a kick, and began sharing the stage with singers like Bob Schneider, Monte Montgomery and Stephen Bruton. Within a month, their song "Too Many Lovers" blasted its way into to the Top 10 downloads at freshtracksmusic.com, nabbing new fans at every stop along the way. In early 2006, Matt White was named one of Rolling Stone's "10 Artists To Watch," and showed his commitment to the digital age by releasing Bleeker Street Stories, an exclusive EP only available for download, which contained three tracks from his Geffen Records debut Do You Believe, released in the Spring of 2006.