Welcoming back to our blog one of the most familiar and beloved faces in our musical community, Matt DeAngelis! Hailing from Turnersville, New Jersey, Matt has once again graced us with his profound artistry. Known for his compelling songs like “Free at Last,” “All Good Things,” “Speak For a Moment,” and “Can’t Write About Today,” Matt DeAngelis is not just a pianist, keyboardist, and lead vocalist but also a passionate advocate for climate change and mental health. His music serves as a powerful platform to spread awareness and inspire change. Today, we delve into his recent masterpiece, “Been There, Done That,” released on April 26.

Right from the start, “Been There Done That” promises us a soulful and poignant journey as it opens with amazing piano keys that set the vibe. Soon, the beautiful vocals of DeAngelis kick in with the opening lines, “Lookin’ through the door of yesterday; it seems I’d have no other way,” immediately setting a reflective tone and inviting us to join Matt on a journey of introspection and growth. These words resonate deeply, mirroring the universal experience of learning from past mistakes and emerging stronger. DeAngelis’s vocal performance is raw and refined, with many emotions running through, exuding a soulful sincerity that is impossible to ignore. His voice, layered with emotion, seamlessly blends with the instrumentation to create a laid-back yet profoundly moving soul-rock experience.

“Been There, Done That” is an inspirational anthem for those of us facing hardships and emerging stronger. The lyrics “Feels so good to say / I’ve been there, done that” encapsulate the relief and pride of overcoming obstacles. It’s a song that encourages us to keep moving forward, no matter what has happened in the past. The gospel choir, The Chesta Davis Gospel Singers, adds a rich, soulful element that underscores the song’s theme of divine constancy and hope. Their harmonies elevate the track, making the message of enduring faith and perseverance even more poignant.

The instrumentation on “Been There Done That” is meticulously crafted, with Matt DeAngelis on piano and keyboards, Billy Kennedy on guitars, Eric Bishop on bass, and Matt Weber on drums. Special guest Richie Cannata from Billy Joel’s original band on sax adds a nostalgic yet fresh layer to the sound. The production, a collaborative effort between Matt DeAngelis, Billy Kennedy, and John DeAngelis, shines through in every note. The song’s soulful and laid-back vibe is perfectly captured, making it an instant classic.

The music video is a visual treat, showcasing Matt and his band performing with palpable passion. It also features the new drummer, Cole Herudek, who brings infectious energy to the mix. The recording of the drums was a three-fold process, initially laid down, then re-recorded by studio musician Matt Weber, and finally captured on video by Cole Herudek, who has become a permanent band member.

With “Been There Done That,” Matt DeAngelis delivers a rare piece that stands out for its heartfelt message, soulful execution, and impeccable production. It’s a brilliant song, emitting a lot of positivity and emotions. DeAngelis continues to be a beacon of hope and inspiration in the music world. His ability to blend meaningful messages with soul-stirring melodies sets him apart as a unique artist. “Been There, Done That” is a reminder that no matter where we come from, we have the power to shape our future. So, let this piece inspire you to look forward with hope and determination. It’s a great reminder that no matter what we’ve endured in the past, we can always strive for and achieve our goals. “Been There Done That” is a perfect song to listen to in the mornings and I highly recommend listening to it.

Listen to “Been There Done That” by Matt DeAngelis on Spotify or SoundCloud, watch the video with the above link, and let us know your thoughts.

You can follow Matt DeAngelis here for more information.







PS: The artist was discovered on MusoSoup, and a contribution is being made to publish this.