Dave Matthews Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 9 January 1967Johannesburg, South Africa
Birth NameDavid John Matthews
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dave Matthews was born on January 9, 1967 in Johannesburg, South Africa as David John Matthews. He has been married to Jennifer Ashley Harper since August 10, 2000. They have three children.

Spouse (1)

Jennifer Ashley Harper (10 August 2000 - present) (3 children)

Trade Mark (1)

Percussive guitar

Trivia (17)

His band has had three Grammy nominated albums: "Under the Table and Dreaming," "Before these Crowded Streets," and "Big Whiskey and Grug Grux King". The band also won a Grammy in 1997 for their Rock song "So Much To Say.".
Has appeared on VH1 Storytellers (1996) with guitarist/friend Tim Reynolds.
Started and is the lead singer for the Dave Matthews Band.
Has two sisters (Anne and Jane) and a brother (Peter).
His father worked for IBM.
He was in several plays in 1990-1991 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He broke two ribs in 1999 after an accident while performing a grape-catching trick; he tripped over a guitar case and landed on the arm of a chair.
Proposed to the same woman (Julia Grey) three different times, each time being told "no"
Most common topics of his songs: women, drugs, live life to fullest, political messages
His wife gave birth to twin girls, Grace Anne and Stella Busina, in Seattle. [August 2001]
Came to America at the age of 18 and began working as a bartender in a jazz club in Charlottesville, Virginia. This is where he heard the artists play that later became part of his band.
Attended and graduated from St. Stithians College, a private all-boys school in Johannesbrug, South Africa.
In 1993 his eldest sister, Anne, died in a domestic tragedy at her home in South Africa. The DMB album "Under the Table and Dreaming" is dedicated to her. Anne is survived by her two children.
His father, John, a non-smoker, died of lung cancer when Dave was 10 years old.
In fall of 2004, he participated in the Vote for Change concert tour organized to encourage the defeat of George W. Bush in the U.S. presidential election.
On June 19 2007, son, August Oliver Matthews, was born at home.
In 2000 he co-founded his own record label, ATO Records.

Personal Quotes (5)

I go back to South Africa at least once a year, sometimes twice, and usually for a month. And probably, I'm guessing, I'll spend more time back there as I get older. South Africa gives me a perspective of what's real and what's not real. So I go back to South Africa to both lose myself and gain awareness of myself. Every time I go back, it doesn't take long for me to get caught into a very different thing. A very different sense of myself. It's a melting pot, southern Africa. You find these cultural collisions that result in art and music, and it's pretty amazing.
Good music is good music, and everything else can go to hell.
A guy and a girl can be just friends, but at one point or another, they will fall for each other... maybe temporarily, maybe at the wrong time, maybe too late, or maybe forever.
We just enjoy ourselves and I think the tightness comes from just knowing each other. No two takes in the studio ever sound the same either, when we're in there, so it's sort of the same thing. No two nights repeat themselves too much.
I hope it isn't entirely my songwriting but it may be. We've had a few songs that have done well on the radio but my songs don't 'test' very well when they test markets, so I guess that's what's happened. My songs are like a three-legged dog - you have to get to know them to have any love for them.

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