Matt started playing piano and singing at age 3.
He attended Dartmouth College in NH. They loved his voice so much they gave him free singing lessons. A Nice Chinese Boy, he followed his parents’ advice. He attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School, then practiced corporate acquisitions & mergers and real estate.
He found that it sucked.
So he returned to his passion of music and comedy, making people sing and laugh together. That was many moons ago. Now Matt has become an international star entertainer and recording artist. Matt is a Diva in his own right with a direct message that happiness comes when you make your own kind of music and sing your own special song (whatever that may be). His shows incorporate fabulous costumes, lots of laughs, orchestral piano playing, Matt's wonderful voice, and warm insightful songs and stories about our lives.
"Think Elton John meets Margaret Cho!" (The San Francisco Chronicle)
There's always lots of comedy, variety, and audience participation!
"YEE CAN DO IT! Few artists can combine the flash of Liberace with the warmth of a Hawaiian Luau, but then again few artists are MATT YEE. This is a unique singer and recording artist!" --Chicago Tribune
Matt performs on the Biggest Ships in the World. He is the highest revenue producing artist in his venue on Royal Caribbean Cruises (it's been documented that when Matt arrives, the revenue multiplies as much as 7 times). He has sailed on the maiden voyages of many ships.
"Matt is the best!" R. Gasheider RCCL New Build Hotel Director and Adam Goldstein President RCCL.
His standing room only Sing Along Shows have become legendary with fans watching 6 lines deep, and others waiting up the stairs to catch his show and maybe grab a seat. Corporate patrons from Johnson and Johnson to Pitney Bowes testify to the magic of his performances.
Besides Royal Caribbean, Matt has performed on Celebrity, Norweigian, Holland America, Princess and Oceania Cruise Lines among others.
Patti Lupone. “ Let’s get this over with, I wanna go see Matt Yee!”
Matt is also an Atlantis Events Signature Entertainer for over 13 years. He has shared the stage with tons of stars, including Idina Menzel, Margaret Cho, Gloria Estefan, Chita Rivera, Patti Lupone, Ru Paul, The Village People, Joan Jett and more. (see pics at http://www.mattyee.com/photos.html)
“I Love Matt Yee” Chita Rivera
Matt honors include winning multiple ASCAP awards, The Hawaii Music Award, an OMA Director's Award (out of New York City) and he has been nominated for a JP Folks Award (L.A.) out of 35,000 entries for "Every Facet of My Heart". http://www.mattyee.com/music.html
Matt also performs on LAND, selling out venues all over the world, including recently the following:
The Laurie Beechman Theater on 42nd St. in New York City,
Club Café, Boston,
Ultra Suede/Rockwell Table and Stage Los Angeles
Rrazz Room, Martunis San Francisco
He’s also captured audiences at:
HorseShoe Casino, Hydrate, Gentry On Halstead, Indiana/Chicago
The Prince Music Theater (Philly),
The Biltmore (Phoenix),
The Top Hat Theater (Palm Springs),
The Showtime Millennium Stage at the March on Washington D.C.
“GO SEE MATT YEE!” Frozen/Glee/Wicked Star Idina Menzel
Matt has also emceed and performed at huge Pride Festivals around the country including Long Beach, LA and San Francisco. He has also been a part of The National Queer Arts Festival, The California Men's Gathering, and The United States of Asian America Festival.
Plus Matt’s been hired for all sorts of special events, from corporate team building meetings (like the Symbol Trust 10th Anniversary in London) to surprise 40th and 50th birthday parties (from New Jersey to Houston to California!). For fun, he's headlined International Square Dance Conventions, done benefits and community building events for Aids organizations and other non-profits such as The Arizona Human Rights Fund, The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, and The Manifest Foundation.
In Hawaii, Matt has performed all over Waikiki and the islands, including The Hyatt Regency Waikiki, The Sheraton Waikiki, The Princess Kaiulani Hotel, The Honolulu Academy of Arts Theater, and The Atherton at Hawaii Public Radio. One of his favorite gigs was performing at the old Polynesian Palace on Don Ho's steinway grand piano with Al Harrington (of Hawaii 5-0 fame).
"An outrageous and touching performance" - The S. F. Bay Area Reporter
"One magical gay lau lau!" - Frontiers Magazine
"Don't miss!" - The Bay Area Times