A founding member, lead vocalist and primary songwriter for the alternative rock band Vertical Horizon, Matthew “Matt” Scannell is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and musician.
Scannell formed Vertical Horizon with fellow Georgetown University college student Keith Kane in 1991. The duo released their first album, There and Back Again, in 1992 after graduation from Georgetown, where Scannell earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Scannell has since appeared as the lead vocalist of all of Vertical Horizon's albums.
In 2008, singer Richard Marx and Scannell collaborated to release the album, Duo, followed by Duo Live in 2010. In 2011, Scannell appeared at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois, with actor Hugh Jackman. Scannell and Jackman were invited to perform as guests of Marx.
Scannell is a native of Worcester, Massachusetts and was given his first guitar when he was seven years old. He attended high school at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
Scannel has written songs for the soundtracks of the following movies: Bruce Almighty, Driven, The New Guy, Iron Jawed Angels, Camouflage and Little Manhattan. Studio albums include There and Back Again, Running on Ice, Everything You Want, Go, Burning the Days and Echoes from the Underground.
Singles include: “Everything You Want,” “You’re a God,” “Best I Ever Had (Grey Sky Morning), “I’m Still Here,” and “Forever.”