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David John “Dave” Matthews – Musician and Songwriter

Dave Matthews was born in January 9, 1967 in Johannesburg, Transvaal Province, South Africa. He is the lead vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist for the Dave Matthews Band and performs mainly with acoustic guitar and favors rhythm rather than solos in his playing.

At two years old, Matthews’ family moved to Yorktown Heights in Westchester County, New York, where his father, a physicist, started working for IBM. In 1974, the family moved to Cambridge, England, for a year before returning to New York, where his father died from lung cancer in 1977. His family moved back to Johannesburg, South Africa, later that year and upon Matthews’ graduation from St Stithians College high school, Matthews left South Africa to avoid military service. Dave Matthews moved to New York in 1986.

Matthews formed the Dave Matthews Band in early 1991 with LeRoi Moore, Carter Beauford, Stefan Lessard, Peter Griesar (who left the band in 1993), and Boyd Tinsley.

Some of his songs include “Crush,” “So Much To Say,” “Gravedigger,” “Crash Into Me,” and “Save Me.”

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