Matthew Newland was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he was introduced to the guitar at the young age of twelve. Coming from a family of entertainers, Matthew was a born-natural, quickly mastering the guitar. Forming a band with his two brothers, “The Newlands,” gave Matthew an opportunity to develop as a musician and play his originals. The Newlands were a local hit, receiving air time on both AM and FM radio. Being a single father, Matthew ventured out on his own, traveling to London, England, to pursue his passion for music and song-writing, with the blessing of his sons, Matthew Jr. and Chris (also a professional songwriter). Shortly after arriving in England, he formed a band known simply as “Newland.” “Newland” rocked Guildford, a town in Surrey, London, as well as other surrounding towns in England. Again, Matthew’s music was well-respected, receiving airplay throughout the UK. Currently, Matthew resides in Florida and is ready to move on to a new and exciting venture. With his flamboyant style, and clothes, Matthew will transform into Jimi Hendrix! “Gimi Jimi,” a Jimi Hendrix tribute band is a natural fit for this seasoned musician!