Matt Beilis performed at Lasell late February, playing original songs and covers of popular tracks such as “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon and “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.” (Photos by Leneai Stuart)
Leneai Stuart – 1851 staff
Matt Beilis, a YouTube sensation, recently performed at Lasell’s Campus Center in February and showcased his unique voice to the community.
Beilis started the show by covering Kings of Leon’s “Use Somebody” which was followed by both originals and covers of popular songs.
He kept the crowd engaged by talking to them in between songs and explained the influence of each one played. During his cover of “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons he had the audience sing along with him to the chorus.
Each song was accompanied by the keyboard, which Beilis also played. At age three Beilis started piano lessons and continued until he was 18. He considers the piano to be the grandfather of instruments.
John Mayer had an influence on Beilis and was the reason he started singing. Other influences include Gavin Degraw and Elton John.
Many of his songs are based off of his experiences with relationships and heartbreak as well as events that have occurred in his life.
His original song “Simon Says” was co-written with the writers of “Airplanes” by B.O.B.
Beilis’s YouTube career took off with his most popular video, a cover of Bruno Mars’ “Just The Way You Are.” The video hit 924,487 views.
Beilis plans on taking his career as far as he can, living in the spotlight, and having his dream be his full time career.
His most popular original song on YouTube is “Without You” which reached 40,120 views.
You can check out his YouTube channel by visiting http://www.youtube.com/user/mattbeilis/featured.