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Aspiring singer-songwriter coming to Spinella's

Edewaard auditioned for American Idol; has released six albums

Gresham residents have a chance to see one of Oregon’s up and coming singer-songwriters when Matthew W. Edewaard plays Spinella’s, 436 N. Main Ave., Gresham, at 9 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Matthew Edewaard, who performs under his last name as both a soloist and with backup musicians, and arrives in Gresham this Saturday.

Admission is free to the show, and Edewaard says he plans on winning over the audience with a combination of originals and covers.

“I plan to play several songs from my new album 'Why Not?' in an acoustic format, along with countless tracks from my previous records as well,” the 25 year old Springfield native and Eugene resident says, adding he’s released six albums. “I will also pay tribute to the late greats Glenn Frey and David Bowie, by performing a few covers of theirs.”

Bowie passed away Jan. 10 and Frey died Jan. 18. Edewaard shares a strong love of melody and intelligent lyrics with both songwriters, and should appeal to fans of soft rock, mid-tempo ballads and folk-influenced pop music. Fans of Gavin DeGraw as well as Michael Franti would also likely enjoy Edewaard.

Edewaard also writes songs and produces for the New York based, nonprofit organization Songs of Love, which provides personalized songs for children and teens facing medical, physical or emotional challenges.

Percussionists Chris Winders and Brennon Lovejoy will back Edewaard, a multi-instrumentalist who recently competed on the TV show “American Idol’s” 15th and final season. Edewaard didn’t get on the show, but as it turns out, it may have been a good thing, he says. Had he performed any original material on the show, the FOX network would have owned rights to it, he says, and he didn't want to surrender his songs that easily.

However, one of the judges, crooner Harry Connick, Jr., liked Edewaard's style and is considering him for an appearance on a variety show next fall.

"You can say that it's definitely a possibility on the horizon, and it's in the works," Edewaard says.

For more information, visit edewaard.com.