[Musicians’ Galore] Matt “Aqualung” Hales

11 Aug


Matt Hales is an English songwriter, musician, producer who has been performing professionally under the name Aqualung since the early 2000s.

Aqualung’s single “Strange and Beautiful (“I’ll Put a Spell on You),” peaked to number seven on the UK Singles Chart. Singer-songwriter Rebecca Ferguson also covered the track for her debut album, “Heaven.”

As a songwriter and record producer, Matt has collaborated with Lianne La Havas (“Lost and Found”), The Fray (“Hurricane”), Jason Mraz (“Everything is Sound”), Sara Bareilles (“Islands”), Diane Birch (“UNFKD”), Paloma Faith (“Just Be”), and James Blunt (“Next Time I’m Seventeen”).

His extensive resume boasts further works with Leona Lewis, Christina Perri, Kandace Springs, Alex Clare, Birdy, Mikky Ekko, Kacy Hill, Josef Salvat, Wrabel, Ginny Blackmore, Katharine McPhee, Laleh, Disclosure, and others.

Amongst the songwriters Matt has collaborated with are Sam Dew, Chantal Kreviazuk, Evan “Kidd” Bogart, Anne Preven, Joergen Eloffson, Melanie Blatt, Ali Tamposi, Jimmy Napes, Eric Bellinger, Joe Janiak, and Shelley Poole.

He also teamed up with fellow producers including Al Shux, Noel Zancanella, Fraser T. Smith, Sacha Skarbek, Dan Wilson, Guy Chambers, Mark Batson, Dave Tozer, Christopher Braide, Warren “Oak” Felder, and SOHN.

Hope you enjoy the following playlist dedicated to Aqualung’s work!

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