Trinidad and Tobago radio personality and music vocalist, was born in Arima, Trinidad – east of the small twin island, on April 22nd, . His appeal is multi-dimensional – this as many appreciate his humility, charismatic vibe and energetic persona. Coupled with natural talent in both the music business and on air where he currently mans the 12pm-3pm shift, from Monday to Saturday on popular urban frequency, RED 96.7FM, Matthews is undoubtedly one of the Caribbean’s most promising treasures.
Over a decade ago, Matthews entered the radio business but even before that, he had realized his passion for creating music. The synergy of the two would undoubtedly lead to a masterful outcome, much of which is being seen today. With his eyes set on the pinnacle of success in both arenas though, Matthews is nowhere close to personal satisfaction. Together with fellow musician, Kerwin Du Bois, he has established a recording studio called High Performance Studios or HP Studios where it is expected, that many hits will be derived. Matthews has indicated both his and Du Bois’ desire to influence other young people to find solace and certainly success through music, via this endeavour – something he holds near to his heart. His first single created at the studio is called, ‘ Going With The Flow’- a track Matthews says represents much of what he enjoys in music. He says the song exemplifies music that relaxes the mind, soothes the soul and sets the tone for reflection.
An only child to his parents, Devon’s musical journey was compounded, from an early age by his parents’ encouragement and support. Since his first live stage performance at the age of 12, Matthews has created numerous singles and over 10 music videos, including the movie-like ‘Bottle’ video,that have led to his current standing as an appreciated vocalistand entertainer in the Caribbean- one who in 2013, secured a space in the finals of Trinidad and Tobago’s mega Soca music competition- the International Soca Monarch. His 2013 track, ‘Start It Up’ follows other successful tracks such as ‘Turn Me On’ in 2011, ‘Old Time Something’ – a tribute to The Roaring Lion, also in 2011- precursors to his first album which he called, Tunnel Vision in 2011. One year after that, Matthews delivered soca tracks such as, ‘Push It,’ ‘Take Off Yuh Clothes,’ ‘Bottle’ which had its very own success when it was used by producers of MTV”s Real World in the promotion of their Caribbean season showcase. The year 2012 also saw Devon place 5th in the Young Kings competition in Trinidad and Tobago. That year, Matthews teamed up with local entertainers when he started a relief effort to aid residents of West, Trinidad who were tremendously affected by intense flooding. It was an initiative spearheaded by the young entertainer, one that he would learn from and grow with.
The year 2013, brought with it tracks such as ‘Whole Day’- a collaborative single with T&T artiste, Sean Caruth, ‘Feelings’, ‘Tempted’ and ‘Rock It So’ – a remix of the very popular calypso with veteran entertainer, the Baron.
Despite his growth and the success attained as he escalates in both careers, Devon Matthews never forgets his humble beginnings. He reminds those who may not be familiar, of the fact that he began his music career as the lead singer of a band he founded and called, Klymax. That initiative came out of his early years as a member of the T&T cadet force. He says the cadets taught him discipline and that said discipline was also embedded in the other members of the band he would form- a band made up of young musicians from the cadets and other such services. Devon’s first performance was on Twelve and Under- a local televised talent show of the early 90’s. It was from there that a very passionate young man would grow to become what he is today, and promises to be in the years ahead- a great musical mind.
Devon Matthews is well known for his hosting capabilities- now even dabbling in television hosting. He says one of his career highpoints thus far has been hosting the St. Kitts Jazz festival, which featured International recording acts like Akon and KC and the Sunshine Band. He even got the opportunity to perform at the event, proving that no matter the situation, his self-confidence and positive outlook often equates to successful outcomes.
Matthews’ on air career ambitions will, according to his personally set goals, see him managing his very own on air team in the future. He has looked up to radio and media practitioners in Trinidad and Tobago such as, O’Brian Haynes, Rodney ‘Fireball’ King and Tweez and continues to work hard at his craft in a bid to completely perfect it, much like his predecessors have.
Able bodied and continuously driven to succeed, Devon Matthews assures friends and fans that this is merely the beginning, guaranteeing nothing but an upward journey here on in.